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    Reinterpreting life and work of Martin Luther

    Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper, Random House, US $40.00, Pp 576, March 2017, ISBN 978-0812996197

    Protestants believe that the Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517, the Eve of All Saints Day, and set in motion a religious revolution that shattered western Christendom. In Martin Luther, Lyndal Roper says that the story that he posted them on the door of the …

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  • Five best novels

    4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster, Henry Holt and Company, US $32.00, Pp 866, January 2017, ISBN 978-1627794466

    The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel by Charlie Lovett, Viking, US $26.00, Pp 336, February 2017, ISBN 978-0399562518

    Cruel Mercy (Detective Sergeant McAvoy) by David Mark, Blue Rider Press, US $28.00, Pp 354, February 2017, ISBN 978-0399185113

    Garden of Lamentations: A Novel by Deborah Crombie, William Morrow, US $26.00, Pp 432, February 2017, ISBN 978-0062271631

    The Undesired:

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    Coping with heartbreaks

      Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken by Lodro Rinzler, Shambhala Publications,   US $12.95, Pp 170, December 2016, ISBN 978-1611803549

    All of us suffer from heartbreaks at different stages of life. In fact, we suffer heartbreaks throughout our lives; some of these heartbreaks are mild and do not last long, others are very strong and last a lot longer. In Love Hurts, Lodro Rinzler defines the heartbreak as the vast pain that we suffer in response to our expectations …

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    A very good introduction to the Norse mythology and gods

    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, W. W. Norton & Company, US $25.95, Pp 294, February 2017, ISBN 978-0393609097

    Most of us are fascinated with Indian, Greek, or Norse mythologies and gods, although our knowledge is limited to their names and a few features. We often come across with one or two of them in a book or story or article. Without most of us realizing, we often use expressions derived from ancient mythologies. In Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman introduces …

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    A heart-wrenching story

    Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran,  G.P. Putnam’s Sons  (Penguin  Random  House),  US $27.00,  Pp 480,  January 2017,  ISBN 978-1101982242

    Lucky Boy is the story of two women; one undocumented, the other infertile. They are connected because they love the same child. Solimar Castro-Valdez crossed the border and arrived in Berkeley, California, when she was only eighteen. She was fizzing with optimism and weeks later, she found her first love but soon lost him when she realized she was already pregnant. …

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    Planning your career in the digital age

    Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve by Liz Ryan, BenBella Books, US $19.95, Pp 288, December 2016, ISBN 978-1942952688

    A lot of changes are taking place in the working world. In the last few decades, the dynamics of the job market have totally changed and the old job search approaches do not work any longer. We have to learn and go by the new realities of the working world. In Reinvention

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    Big Brother is watching

    The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data by Kevin Mitnick, Little, Brown and Company, US $28.00, Pp 320, February 2017, ISBN 978-0316380508

    We are the first generation in human history that can be mentioned as such a precise at such a precise level. We can be monitored digitally throughout our lives. Almost all of our communications can be seen one way or another. …

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    Chronicle of a weird road trip

    Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson, Blue Rider Press (Penguin Random House), US $27.00, Pp 320, February 2017, ISBN 978-0735212015

    In 2021, a man travelling from Sioux Falls to Rapid City suddenly comes across the iconic buildings that collapsed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. A million other people join him, seeking the significance of this dumbfounding event. In the meanwhile, Jesse Garon Presley – the brother, whose death always haunted the actual Elvis – comes to life on a …

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    President Trump’s strategy to defeat Hillary Clinton

    Game of Thorns: The Inside Story of Hillary Clinton’s Failed Campaign and Donald Trump’s Winning Strategy by Doug Wead, Center Street (Hachette Books), US $27.00, Pp 416, February 2017, ISBN 978-1478921424

    Hillary Clinton would be inaugurated president of the United States. She would enter a pantheon of history that guaranteed greatness. She would be compared to Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, yet she would have more power than any of them ever had. She would instantly transcend other modern …

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