• ACTOR

    How to survive your journey to Hollywood?

    The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer, BenBella Books, US $17.95, Pp 252, November 2017, ISBN 978-1944648220

    Jenna Fischer left her home in St. Louis and moved to Los Angeles when she was twenty-two years old. She had a theater degree in hand and determined to work hard to live her dream of being an actor. It took her eight long years before she landed her iconic role on ‘The Office.’ Her journey to success in Hollywood could …

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  • AUTHENTICO

    Editor’s picks: Cookbooks

    Elizabeth Street Cafe by Tom Moorman & Larry McGuire,‎ Phaidon Press, US $39.95, Pp 240, October 2017, ISBN 978-0714873954

    Magic Cakes: Easy-Mix Batters That Transform into Amazing Layered Cakes! by Kathleen Royal Phillips, Running Press, US $18.00, Pp 102, October 2017, ISBN 978-0762463053

    Larry McGuire was born and grew up in Austin, Texas, where he started working with a well-known chef named Lou Lambert. While working with Lou Lambert and around his sister Liz Lambert, he started thinking of a …

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  • AGAG

    The misunderstood president

    Grant by Ron Chernow, Penguin Press (Penguin Random House), US $40.00, Pp 1104, October 2017, ISBN 978-1594204876

    The life of President Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant) spans the Civil War and Reconstruction. Although a lot has been written on the Civil War, the eventful and violent period of Reconstruction is a black hole for most Americans. President Grant is one of the most misunderstood presidents of the United States, both by the people and historians. He has been …

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  • FLOATING

    The trauma and pain caused by a hurricane… and the government

    The Floating World: A Novel by C. Morgan Babst, Algonquin Books (Workman Publishing Company), US $26.95, Pp384, October 2017, ISBN 978-1616205287

    The Floating World is set in New Orleans where the Hurricane Katrina is fast approaching the Louisiana coast. It is one of the few novels that focus on tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina. C. Morgan Babst weaves the story of Hurricane Katrina around Boisdorés, an old Creole family. As the Hurricane Katrina approaches the New Orleans coast, Cora …

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  • FOUR

    Jobs and the changing economic landscape

    The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway, Portfolio, US $28.00, Pp 312, October 2017, ISBN 978-0735213654

    Four economic and technology giants have changed our lives completely over the last twenty or so years. They have created hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs. These four are also responsible for an array of products and services that are entwined into the daily lives of billions of people. They have put a supercomputer in your pocket, …

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  • APAP

    Republicanism has devolved into a new tribalism that values neither principles nor truth

    How the Right Lost Its Mind by Charles J. Sykes, St. Martin’s Press, US $27.99, Pp 266, October 2017, ISBN 978-1250147172

    Charles J. Sykes, who calls himself a contrarian conservative, came into limelight in March 2016 when he challenged then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an interview. Charles J. Sykes was hosting Wisconsin’s #1 conservative radio talk show. In the past, Charles J. Sykes had helped Paul Ryan and Reince Preibus and others rise to power. Charles J. Sykes became …

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  • ARAR

    Russian illness is complex and psychosomatic in character

    Russia’s Dead End: An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin by Andrei A. Kovalev & Steven I. Levine (Translator), Potomac Books, US $34.95, Pp 392, August 2017, ISBN 978-1612348933

    Is Russia emerging as another superpower? Where would Russia’s remilitarization lead the world in? If not a military power, will Russia become an economic power? In other words, will Putin be able to make Russia stronger, if not a superpower, militarily or economically? There are so many such questions we ask …

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  • ISTANBUL

    Editor’s picks: Cookbooks

    Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey by Robyn Eckhardt/Photos by David Hagerman, Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $35.00, Pp 352, October 2017, ISBN 978-0544444317

    JapanEasy:  Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to Cook at Home by Tim Anderson/Photos by Laura Edwards, Hardie Grant, US $29.99, Pp 224, September 2017, ISBN 978-1784881146

    Most Americans believe the Turkish cuisine is confined to kebabs, small plates called meze, and baklava. This is because these are the dishes that are commonly sold …

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  • ARAR

    Tracing the roots of the Soviet Revolution in the Imperial Russian past

    Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914 – 1921 by Laura Engelstein, Oxford University Press, US $39.95, Pp 824, October 2017, ISBN 978-0199794218

    In 1913, Russia’s Romanov dynasty celebrated three centuries of rule. In August 1914, Russia went to war against Germany and Austria-Hungary. Three years later, the Romanovs fell as they failed to properly prosecute the war. The leaders of Imperial Russian Society took over power. The workers and soldiers who had brought the monarchy down followed the …

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  • APAP

    The president who made America great

    President McKinley:  Architect of the American Century by Robert W. Merry,  Simon & Schuster, US $35.00, Pp 624, November 2017, ISBN 978-1451625448

    During the nineteenth century, America had been expanding westward. As the United States entered the twentieth century under President William McKinley, it continued to develop and harness technology like no other nation. The technological development generated industrial expansion and wealth. The United States also moved beyond its continental confines and into the world. In President McKinley, Robert …

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