The decade has really made a great difference

    Vogue Living: Country, City, Coast edited by Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle, Alfred A. Knopf, US $100.00, Pp 448, October 2017, ISBN 978-1524732059

    We all love beautiful houses and gardens. If the beautiful houses and gardens are associated with celebrities, we love them even more. Like we want to see celebrities, we also want to go inside their houses and gardens. A decade after Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People was published in 2007, Hamish Bowles and Chloe Malle return to …

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    Cellular therapies and regenerative medicines are the future of medicine

    Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health by Dr. Robin L. Smith (MD),‎ Dr. Max Gomez (Ph.D.), BenBella Books, US $, Pp, October 2017, ISBN 978-1944648800

    Can you imagine a world where victims of irreversible spinal cord injuries are able to get out of their hospital beds and walk? Impossible? Right? No, it is possible now. Or, can you imagine a world where there’s no shortage of donor organs – because we grow …

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    How successful people faced failures and rejections

    Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $30.00, Pp 624, November 2017, ISBN 978-1328994967

    In real life, we face dilemmas at every step. Very often we have questions but cannot find answers. Every now and then, we want somebody to mentor us and get us out of the difficult situation. Few of us find the answers when we need them most. All of us meet failures and rejections …

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    Editor’s picks: Cookbooks

    Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin, Andrea Nguyen (Editor), Eric Wolfinger (Photographer), Grand Central Life & Style, US $35.00, Pp 336, October 2017, ISBN 978-1538729885

     David Tanis Market Cooking: Recipes and Revelations, Ingredient by Ingredient by David Tanis, Artisan Books, US $40.00, Pp 480, October 2017, ISBN 978-1579656287

    In 2013, Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of living like a terminally ill person, she decided to fight it back with mind-centric …

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    They turn a house into a home

    Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine and Reed Krakoff by Delphine Krakoff,‎ Reed Krakoff,‎ Photos by Ivan Terestchenko, Rizzoli Publications, US $65.00, Pp 242, October 2017, ISBN 978-0847860043

    In our lives, we see many houses we like but very few of them remain in our imagination for long. If you see one of the houses Delphine and‎ Reed Krakoff have designed, it will likely stay in your mind for long. Many designers can renovate and design luxurious …

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    “This was a war of many perspectives”

    The Vietnam War:  An Intimate History by  Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns,  Alfred A. Knopf,  US $60.00, Pp 640, September 2017, ISBN 978-0307700254

    The Vietnam War came to an end a little more than forty years ago but we the Americans are still trying to grapple with the bitter reality and truth of the war that deeply divided the nation. The political fault-lines created during the Vietnam War still divide us. As a nation, we still have to agree …

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    If President Trump wrote his memoir today…

    You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen, Penguin Press, US $29.00, Pp, November 2017, ISBN 978-0525521990

    Most presidents write their memoirs a few years into retirement. The presidential memoirs bring huge sums of money to their writers. President George W. Bush received $7 million for Decision Points and broke the records set by President Clinton. The Obamas …

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    Reminiscing about the 1980s culture

    Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things by Guy Adams, US $16.00, Pp 240, August 2017, ISBN 978-1501178030

    ‘Stranger Things’ became one of the most watched seasons of Netflix soon after it was premiered in July 2016. It continues to dominate the pop culture and Season Two has generated the same level of excitement when the Season Two was premiered on October 27, 2017. In Notes from the Upside Down, Guy Adams takes you inside …

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    The Bartender’s Bible

    Meehan’s Bartender Manual by Jim Meehan, Ten Speed Press, US $40.00, Pp 488, October 2017, ISBN 978-1607748625

    Humans have fermented, distilled, and imbibed alcoholic beverages for medicinal purposes and pleasures for thousands of years but mixing drinks is relatively modern. Many historians credit America for the popularity of cocktails, though most influential bartenders in America were immigrants who mixed concoctions from ingredients sourced from all over the world. In Meehan’s Bartender Manual, Jim Meehan writes about cocktails about cocktails, …

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    Best novels for this fall

    The Ruined House: A Novel by Ruby Namdar, HarperCollins Publishers, US 29.99, Pp 516, November 2017, ISBN 978-0062467492

    After the Fire by Henning Mankell/translated by Marlaine Delargy, Vintage Books, US $16.95, Pp 416, October 2017, ISBN 978-0525435082

    Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, and Company, US $29, Pp 408, October 2017, ISBN 978-0316225908

    The Ruined House is set in New York and unfolds in an early twenty-first century over the course of one year. It captures …

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