Exploring questions of race, class, and privilege

      Everybody’s Son: A Novel by Thrity Umrigar, Harper (HarperCollins Publishers,) US $26.99,   Pp 352, June 2017, ISBN 978-0062442246

    Everybody’s Son is set in 1991 when the town suffers from the worst-in-a-decade heat wave. Ten-year-old Anton finds himself abandoned by his mother and locked in an apartment for seven days without air-conditioning or a fan. The refrigerator and lights do not work because there is no electricity. Anton is alone. He finally breaks a window and climbs out. In the …

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    How to produce best photographs with Sony Alpha a6500/ILCE-6500

    David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6500/ILCE-6500 Guide to Digital Photography by David D. Busch, Rocky Nook, US $39.95, Pp 400, April 2017, ISBN 978-1681982502

    Sony introduced Sony Alpha a6500/ILCE-6500, with advanced in-body image stabilization and other upgraded features just eight months after introducing its most recent top-of-the-line APS-C mirrorless camera. Alpha a6500/ILCE-6500 is a lot better than APS-C mirrorless camera. In David Busch’s Sony Alpha a6500/ILCE-6500 Guide to Digital Photography, David D. Busch says that Sony has not been satisfied …

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    Laugh when you are frustrated by the people

    Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To by Annabelle Gurwitch, Blue Rider Press, US $26.00, Pp 320, April 2017, ISBN 978-0399574887

    As a child, Annabelle Gurwitch considered her family dysfunctional. It was a family of family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers. The Gurwitches were a bit vague on the idea of a loving and supportive family. Their definition includes the people you can borrow from or blackmail. Often she imagined she was the …

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    “To impeach or not to impeach”

    The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman, Dey Street Books, US $24.99, Pp 304, April 2017, ISBN 978-0062696823

    When the presidential election campaign started in early 2016, few people thought that Donald Trump would win the presidential race. As the presidential race became close near the polling day, more and more people started asking if he could be impeached in case he wins. They have not stopped asking this question. In The Case for Impeachment, Allan J. Lichtman …

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    The SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden

    The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior by Robert O’Neill, Scribner, US $28.00, Pp 358, April 2017, ISBN 978-1501145032

    Lives of military people remain shrouded in mystery and many of their accomplishments are buried with them. It is impossible to understate the importance of some of these achievements. One such achievement of our military was the get-Osama operation about which we had heard little from an insider source. Had …

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    “Civility clears a path toward morality”

    Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business by Eden Collinsworth, Nan A. Talese, US $26.95, Pp 272, April 2017, ISBN 978-0385540933

    One of the questions that have bedeviled humanity is as to what is good and what is bad or what is moral and what is immoral. How is one sure what constitutes bad behavior, given the shifting tectonic plates under that defining issue. More fundamentally, where does one find solid moral ground on what is proving …

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    Making your photographs great

    The Art of Photography: A Personal Approach to Artistic Expression by Bruce Barnbaum, Rocky Nook, US $45.95, Pp, April 2017, ISBN 978-1681982106

    For most people taking photographs is no more than saving and a memory they could revisit from time to time. With the digital revolution, more photographs do not cost more money, most people take so many photographs every day that they rarely have time to get back to the old ones. Like always, photography also remains a form …

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    The Western policies have perpetuated the Arab-Israeli conflict

    The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine by Nathan Thrall, Metropolitan Books, US $28.00, Pp 336, May 2017, ISBN 978-1627797092

    Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the longest and bloodiest international conflicts. All peace proposals, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions, and state-building efforts have failed. It is usually assumed that violence thwarted these well-meaning peace efforts. In The Only Language They Understand, Nathan Thrall presents an alternative point of view with the help of reportage, …

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    In the village of centenarians

    The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China by John D. Day, Jane Ann Day, Matthew LaPlante, Harper, US $25.99, Pp 304, July 2017, ISBN 978-0062319814

    Imagine we are living in a world where there is one centenarian per every 100 people! Most people cannot or won’t even try to imagine such a place. Bapan, a village in China, is such a place. But, more interesting is the fact that the centenarians of Bapan prove our stereotypes wrong. They …

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