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    Power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood

    In the Name of the Family: A Novel by Sarah Dunant, US $28.00, Pp, March 2017, Random House, ISBN 978-0812996975

    In the Name of the Family is set in Renaissance Italy and explores the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of young diplomat named Niccolò Machiavelli. House of Borgia is full of power, passion, beauty, brutality, and the ties of blood. In 1502, Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womanizer and master of political corruption, climbed the papal throne …

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    “A powerful little piece of fabric”

    The Bra Book: An Intimate Guide to Finding the Right Bra, Shapewear, Swimsuit, and More! by Jené Luciani, BenBella Books, US $19.95, Pp 216, April 2017, ISBN 978-1944648329

    Bra is an important supporting undergarment. In spite of its importance, some eighty-five percent women wear the wrong bra size. The bra’s ability to change the way we see our breasts, and how that can make us feel, is more important than it sounds. Women in society are often identified — and …

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    The business school that shapes world economy

    The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald, US $35.00, Pp 672, HarperBusiness (HarperCollins Publishers), April 2017, ISBN 978-0062347176

    As America’s most prominent and largest business school for the last century, Harvard Business School has shaped and continues to shape the direction not just of its graduates’ lives, but also those of the organizations they work for and the economy itself. Harvard University occupies a singular place …

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    Housewives share their experience of love

    The Young Wives Club: A Novel by Julie Pennell, Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy Entertainment, US $16.00, Pp 320, February 2017, ISBN 978-1501136467

    In Toulouse, like elsewhere in the world, many women find love in high school. Rarely, he is the man you think he was as the four young wives discovered this in The Young Wives Club. The four young wives came from different backgrounds and share the stories in The Young Wives Club. The first of the housewife …

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    Ordinary people behind the Egyptian revolution

    Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East by Rachel Aspden, Other Press, US $24.95, Pp 272, February 2017, ISBN 978-1590518557

    As the twenty-first century began, Egypt was ruled by old men. President Hosni Mubarak was well into his seventies. Ageing generals, bureaucrats and businessmen ran everything from the army to universities to gas installations. But Egypt was young. Of the 70 million Egyptians, almost two-thirds were under thirty. They had no political voice, …

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    America’s silent epidemic of oral disease persists

    Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto, The New Press, March 2017, ISBN  978-1620971444

    For reasons including poverty, isolation, and the lack of private insurance and providers available to treat the poor, roughly one-third of the people living in America face significant barriers to obtaining dental care. Medicaid, the federal-state health program that now covers more than 72 million poor Americans, treats adult dental benefits as optional. It is up …

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    Editor’s pick: Novels

    All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, US $25.00, Pp 208, March 2017, ISBN 978-0544824249

    Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall, Philip Boehm (Translator), The Feminist Press at CUNY, February 2017, ISBN 978-1558619449

    The Barrowfields: A Novel by Phillip Lewis, Hogarth/Crown Publishing, US $26.00, Pp 368, March 2017, ISBN 978-0451495648

    Big Law: A Novel by Ron Liebman, Blue Rider Press, US $26.00, Pp 400, January 2017, ISBN 978-1101982990

    The Dime by Kathleen Kent, Mulholland Books, …

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    How Dora Maar faded into obscurity

    Dora Maar:  Paris in the Time of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, and Picasso by Louise Baring,  Rizzoli, US $55.00, Pp 224, March 2017, ISBN 978-0847858538

     Dora Maar, née Henrietta Markovitch, was an important member of the Surrealist photographers group in the first half of the twentieth century. Maar found herself drawn to the arts and attended art school with Henri Cartier-Bresson. By early 1930s, she was already a professional photographer and was surrounded by key figures in the Surrealist movement …

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    The darker corners of American history

    God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America by Louis S. Warren, Basic Books, US $35.00, Pp 480, April 2017, ISBN 978-0465015023

    In the last quarter of 19th century a new religion emerged among the Native Americans. In 1890, followers of this religion danced in circles on Indian reservations across the West until they collapsed into trances. In order to suppress this new faith, the US Army killed over two hundred Lakota Sioux at …

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    Turning your awkwardness to your advantage

    Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro, William Morrow, US $26.99, Pp 288, April 2017, ISBN 978-0062429155

    We all know someone who is socially awkward or it may be you who feels awkward sometimes. Awkward people can feel overwhelmed just navigating everything. They find it difficult to grasp social cues and master the skills and grace necessary for smooth social interaction which is why they feel out of sync with those around …

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