Readers Guide: "The Wise Men” by Walter Isaacson, Evan Thomas

Susie Stooksbury

"Criminal" by Karin Slaughter

Once again bringing together characters from her two outstanding series, Karin Slaughter tells the story of a modern-day crime with twisted links to a 40-year-old, long forgotten murder. "Criminal" begins when college student Ashleigh Snyder is abducted. It's the type of crime Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent would normally handle, but for some reason his boss Amanda Wagner doesn't want him on the case. When their paths cross at an abandoned orphanage, it becomes clear to both that there is a tie between Ashleigh's disappearance, Amanda's first case as a rookie cop, and Will's childhood spent at the orphanage when his father was sent to jail.

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

One of the most talked about books to be published this summer is "Gone Girl," by Gillian Flynn. Her story centers on the marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne, a young couple hit hard by the recession, who move from New York City back to his hometown in Missouri to help care for his ailing mother. While their marriage seemingly worked well in New York, their life in Missouri begins to reveal its true dysfunction. When Amy disappears on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect.

"The Wise Men” by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas

In the years following World War II, much of America's new role as a major political force was developed by six creative and independent-minded men: diplomat Averell Harriman, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, intellectual free spirit George Kennan, Assistant Secretary of War Robert Lovett, influential John McCloy and ambassador Charles Bohlen. Walter Isaacson wrote of their impact in 1986. Now he and historian Evan Thomas revisit that work and the phenomenal collaboration of "The Wise Men.”

"Canada” by Richard Ford

By many accounts, "Canada," the newest novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford, is a challenging work that is ultimately rewarding. It revolves around young Dell Parsons whose parents are sent to prison when their scheme to steal cattle goes bad and they rob a bank to pay off their backers. Soon afterward, Dell's twin sister Berner takes off with her boyfriend, leaving him utterly alone. A family friend takes Dell across the border to Saskatchewan where he eventually is taken in by the enigmatic American owner of a hunting lodge. Here he begins to piece together the remnants of his young life.

"The Whole Life Prostate Book" by Dr. H. Ballantine Carter

Prostate issues have now stepped into the limelight of medical controversies alongside such other hot button topics as mammography and hormone replacement therapy. Dr. H. Ballantine Carter, director of adult urology at Johns Hopkins, hopes to clear up many misconceptions with his new guide, "The Whole Life Prostate Book." While he focuses on lifestyle changes that can help prevent a prostate crises, he also sheds light on exciting new procedures and treatments that can help if problems do arise.