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The cloisters

The cloisters

Katy Hays | 2023 | Bantam Press | 9781787636408

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: How thrilling would it be to get a summer job at the Cloisters, New York City's medieval art museum, in which your responsibilities included divining the future using Tarot cards infused with dark magic? "There was something more, something prickling at the edges of my vision that felt like an older warning I couldn't quite pin down," Ann Stilwell, the narrator of Katy Hays's THE CLOISTERS, thinks...Read More

The wintering place

The wintering place

Kevin McCarthy | 2023 | WW Norton & Co | 9781324020486

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: In his darkly suspenseful new novel, THE WINTERING PLACE , Kevin McCarthy reconnects with the immigrant Irish brothers he left on the American frontier in "Wolves of Eden." On the run from the Army and from a long list of crimes (at least a few of which they swear they haven't committed), these two somehow survive a rough season in a cave in the snowbound wilderness, abetted by a woman they've res...Read More

A line in the world: a year on the North Sea coast

A line in the world: a year on the North Sea coast

Dorthe Nors | 2022 | Pushkin Press | 9781782277958

Subject: Leisure


Source: The New York Times

Review: Questions of home and identity also drift through Dorthe Nors's A LINE IN THE WORLD: A Year on the North Sea Coast, a chronicle of the author's travels along the western coast of Denmark. Seamlessly translated by Caroline Waight, these 14 essays render a personal, poetic meditation on this remote edge of windswept landscapes and wild waters. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for "Mirror, Shoulder, ...Read More

Above and beyond: a journey with my daughter

Above and beyond: a journey with my daughter

Nivedita Sengupta | 2022 | Qurate Books Private Limited | 9780571376476

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Times of India

Review: Author Nivedita Sengupta's book 'Above and Beyond: A Journey With My Daughter' chronicles her motherhood, her life with her daughter Medha, and how she did not let autism and the social stigmas around autism deter the ambitions she had for her daughter.n"Initially, while fighting the daily battles, I did not feel like discussing with everyone about my daughter or her challenges. I knew if I compla...Read More

Ashton hall

Ashton hall

Lauren Belfer | 2022 | Ballantine Books Inc. | 9780593359495

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: The death that needs explaining in Lauren Belfer's ASHTON HALL lies hundreds of years in the past. An American scholar and her 9-year-old son are the summer guests of an elderly friend whose apartment occupies one wing of a Cambridgeshire manor that's been turned into a museum. But when the boy goes exploring, he finds more than he bargained for - the skeleton of a woman who seems to have been wal...Read More

Cocktails with a curator: the Frick collection

Cocktails with a curator: the Frick collection

Aimee Ng | 2022 | Rizzoli International Publications | 9780847872466

Subject: Arts and Culture


Source: The New York Times

Review: In recent years, two New York City museum exhibitions captivated me not only for the powerful paintings they included, but also for the intimate and knowing depictions of drinking life captured by those paintings. The first was "Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist" at the Whitney in 2015-16, and the second was "Max Beckmann in New York" at the Met a year later. The Harlem Renaissance painter Motl...Read More

Cyclettes

Cyclettes

Tree Abraham | 2022 | | 9781951213626

Subject: Leisure


Source: The New York Times

Review: In her inventive memoir CYCLETTES, Tree Abraham cleverly contemplates all things bicycle. Structured as a list of sorts, the book enumerates almost every bike the author has ever owned and the many far-flung places she has ridden. Equal parts whimsical and philosophical, "Cyclettes" extends beyond conventional narrative with illustrations, collages, photographs and other design elements. Abraham o...Read More

Data driven: truckers, technology, and the new workplace surveillance

Data driven: truckers, technology, and the new workplace surveillance

Karen Levy | 2022 | Princeton University Press | 9780691175300

Subject: Information Technology


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance, Karen Levy makes a provocative case against this approach. Ms. Levy, a sociologist and lawyer who teaches information science at Cornell University, combines extensive interviews with a thorough understanding of the trucking industry to assert that ELDs haven't made the roads safer. Her concise and lively book will interest any...Read More

Demon copperhead

Demon copperhead

Barbara Kingsolver | 2022 | Harper | 9780571376476

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Times of India

Review: Set in modern-day southern Appalachia in America, 'Demon Copperhead' is a coming-of-age story. It follows the protagonist Damon Fields, nick named Demon Copperhead due to his copper-coloured hair. Damon is born to a drug-addict teenage single mother, while his father is dead. While his mother is in and out of rehab centres, Damon is raised in foster care. But with a fierce will to survive, Damon b...Read More

Escape from model land: how mathematical models can lead us astray and what we can do about it

Escape from model land: how mathematical models can lead us astray and what we can do about it

Erica Thompson | 2022 | Basic Books | 9781541600980

Subject: Mathematics and Statistics


Source: Business + Strategy

Review:  "The only way that the Phillips Newlyn machine can represent economic failure, for example, is by the running-dry of the taxation pumps; there is no concept of political failure by failing to provide adequate public services. And the only success is a continued flow of money." In other words, the land of Phillips's model is a creative and admirable approximation of how real economies work, but it...Read More

Farmhouse

Farmhouse

Sophie Blackall | 2022 | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | 9780316528948

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: In 2018, Blackall, a two-time Caldecott Medalist, purchased an old farm in upstate New York that came with an abandoned, falling-down house filled with remnants of a large family who made it their home nearly 50 years earlier. In this moving and transcendently beautiful book, she imagines the lives of the 12 children who were born and raised there. They set the table, pick apples, fork hay, darn s...Read More

From Lucknow to Lutyens: the power and plight of Uttar Pradesh

From Lucknow to Lutyens: the power and plight of Uttar Pradesh

Abhigyan Prakash | 2022 | HarperCollins Publishers | 9789354895753

Subject: Political Science


Source: Economic and Political Weekly

Review: The book under review is a journalistic account rooted in experiential reality trying to solve a puzzle: "Why does India's most politically powerful state, Uttar Pradesh (UP), remain so underdeveloped?" (p xiv). This state is considered as India's most politically powerful state because it sends the highest number of members of Parliament (MPs) (80 in the Lok Sabha and 31 in the Rajya Sabha). It i...Read More

Human playground: why we play

Human playground: why we play

Hannelore Vandenbussche | 2022 | teNeues Media GmbH & Co. KG | 9783961713776

Subject: Media


Source: The New York Times

Review: "Play is something that unites us," writes the actor Idris Elba in a preacherly prelude to HUMAN PLAYGROUND: Why We Play, a visual extravaganza by the Belgian photographer Hannelore Vandenbussche of gamesmanship around the globe. Of course, games can also divide us, often inciting a beguiling and fiery partisanship. The richness of Vandenbussche?s vision (with accompanying text by Rose Casella) is...Read More

License to travel: a cultural history of the passport

License to travel: a cultural history of the passport

Patrick Bixby | 2022 | University of California Press | 9780520375857

Subject: Leisure


Source: The New York Times

Review: Patrick Bixby looks at the intersection of bureaucracy and travel, as well as the freedom of movement, in LICENSE TO TRAVEL: A Cultural History of the Passport, a comprehensive, insightful history of the "little book containing 30-odd pages of sturdy paper." Ranging from the early days of the passport (golden tablets issued to the Polo brothers by Genghis Khan's grandson) to the "health passports"...Read More

Lost in the game: a book about basketball

Lost in the game: a book about basketball

Thomas Beller | 2022 | Duke Univ Press | 9781478018834

Subject: Sports


Source: The New York Times

Review: The juggernaut business built around elite sports can sometimes overshadow a more humble but common experience of athletics: Many people interact with sports at some point in a personal way. Sometimes, it can be a quick realization that a game for whatever reason just doesn't quite fit. But often, individuals find that the right sport, no matter what the level, can become an important lens through...Read More

Macanudo: welcome to elsewhere

Macanudo: welcome to elsewhere

Liniers | 2022 | Fantagraphics | 9781683965565

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: Fans of Bill Watterson and Charles Schulz will immediately recognize a similar spirit of mischief, whimsy and philosophical inquiry in this internationally acclaimed comic strip that the Argentine cartoonist Liniers has been drawing since 2002. But unlike "Calvin and Hobbes" or "Peanuts," "Macanudo" features a revolving cast of characters who inhabit their own distinct worlds. Some strips star Lin...Read More

Mahagatha: 100 tales from the Puranas

Mahagatha: 100 tales from the Puranas

Satyarth Nayak | 2022 | HarperCollins India | 9789356294493

Subject: General


Source: The Times of India

Review: 100 of the greatest mythological tales from ancient texts have been handpicked and compiled into an epic illustrated edition," saya Satyarth about the book.nThe Hindu mythology is quite intriguing. The tales and stories are so encapsulating that we are often left in awe of them. They not only entertain us but also enlighten. Satyarth's book is an attempt to delve deep into the minds of gods, demon...Read More

Miss peregrine's museum of wonders: an indispensable guide to the dangers and delights of the peculiar world for the instruction of new arrivals

Miss peregrine's museum of wonders: an indispensable guide to the dangers and delights of the peculiar world for the instruction of new arrivals

Ransom Riggs | 2022 | Penguin Books Ltd | 9780141371634

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: It wouldn't be unreasonable, upon hearing about this "deluxe companion guide" to the best-selling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series, to think, "That Ransom Riggs is really milking it." But cast aside your skepticism. Written in the sardonic voice of Miss Peregrine (headmistress of the eponymous school for paranormal children), the volume is positioned as a handbook for "new arrivals" to th...Read More

MOTH

MOTH

Melody Razak | 2022 | W&N | 9781474619257

Subject: History


Source: The New York Times

Review: MOTH portrays the changing fortunes of a well-intentioned Brahmin family as India and Pakistan are carved from the British Raj, an experience of Partition that begins with gentle comedy, then gradually descends into distinctly ungentle tragedy, particularly for the family's teenage daughter.Read More

No one left to come looking for you

No one left to come looking for you

Sam Lipsyte | 2022 | Simon & Schuster | 9781501146121

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: When a well-regarded author of so-called literary fiction puts out a novel with a pulpy plot - a missing friend, a greedy real estate developer, a ragtag team of unlikely sleuths - some might suspect the author of chasing a mass audience. I might suspect it myself; and so, I think, might Jonathan Liptak, a.k.a. Jack Shit, the punk rocker at the center of Sam Lipsyte's new novel, "No One Left to Co...Read More

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