New Books February 2016

Fiction

Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
The collection of stories is about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Traces the arc of King David’s journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel
Lydia’s London life lacks purpose. Her discovery of mystical Islam, with its Arabic language and Shia rituals, offers her a new beginning. Lydia becomes Kauthar. When she falls in love with Rafiq, an Iraqi-born doctor, her life appears complete. Then Rafiq decides to return to war-torn Baghdad. For Kauthar love of God replaces love of her husband.

Submission by Michel Houellebecq
In a near-future France, Francois, a middle-aged academic, is watching his life slowly dwindle to nothing.  As the 2022 Presidential election approaches, two candidates emerge as favourites: Marine Le Pen of the Front National, and Muhammed Ben Abbes of the nascent Muslim Fraternity. Forming a controversial alliance with the mainstream parties, Ben Abbes sweeps to power, and overnight the country is transformed. Islamic law comes into force: women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged and, for Francois, life is set on a new course. Submission is both a devastating satire and a profound meditation on isolation, faith and love.

 

Non-Fiction

Mindset: How You Can Fulfil Your Potential by Carol S. Dweck
Reveals how established attitudes affect all aspects of one’s life, explains the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and stresses the need to be open to change in order to achieve fulfillment and success.

Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma by Richard Cockett
A timely study of Burma which helps to explain the political reforms of the past few years, their historic context and the challenges which lie ahead.

A History of Thailand by Christopher Baker & Pasuk Phongpaichit
This edition (3th edition) focus on Thailand’s recent political, social and economic developments, covering the coup of 2006, the violet street politics of May 2010, and the landmark election of 2011 and its aftermath.

John Le Carre: The Biography by Adam Sisman
The definitive, fascinating biography of one of the world’s most famous living writers, a man whose own true history has long been hidden behind the fictional world of his books.

The Rise of the Robot: Technology and the Threat of Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford
Education and hard work will no longer guarantee success for huge numbers of people as technology advances. Now it’s time to consider solutions and there are very few proposals on the table. Rise of the Robots presents one idea, the basic income model, with clarity and force.

 

Mystery / Thriller

The Golden Scales: A Makana Mystery by Parker Bilal
Makana, a former police inspector who fled from Sudan to Cairo, lives on a rickety Nile houseboat. When the notorious and powerful Saad Hanafi hires him to track down a missing person, Makana is in no position to refuse him. Hanafi is the owner of Cairo’s star-studded football team; his most valuable player has just vanished and Adil Romario’s disappearance threatens to bring down not only Hanafi’s private empire but the entire country.

Slade House by David Mitchell
Follows the narrative of five different people who disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway that leads to Slade House, owned by a peculiar brother and sister, and vanish completely from the outside world.

The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi
A Japanese mystery set in 1947 Tokyo featuring Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor who has an affair with a married woman with a tattooed torso. One day he finds her murdered, the torso missing, and sets out to find the killer. A look at the art of tattooing in Japan where it is banned.

The Informer by Akimitsu Takagi
A Japanese novel on an industrial spy assigned to obtain a formula from a company. On the verge of success, having worked himself into the owner’s good graces and the arms of his wife, the owner is murdered and the spy’s problems begin.

The English Spy by Daniel Silva
The wayward son of Israeli intelligence, Gabriel Allon is plunged into a high stakes game of murder, espionage, and corruption after a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, which threatens to destroy a prime minister’s career.

 

Young Adult

The Game of Lives by James Dashner
Michael and his friends, Sarah and Bryson, must stop the Mortality Doctrine and those behind it now as the fate of humanity is in the balance.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction if they don’t kill each other first.

 

Children’s Books

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams
An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it’s the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon her arrival, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked and is now in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself, and might contain the only copy of his mysterious new game.

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
A California girl born and raised, Mai can’t wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.

 

Children’s Picture Books

The Year of the Monkey by Oliver Chin
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the eleventh adventure in the popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. Max is the son of the legendary Monkey King. Succeeding at school is not easy, but luckily playing in the gym is! Can Max forge his own claim to fame?

When I’m Feeling Angry by Trace Moroney
When you’re feeling angry you feel like you’re going explode. It’s okay to be angry sometimes, as long as you don’t hurt anyone.  What do you do when your child is feeling angry? In ‘Notes for Parents’ at the back of the book, a child psychologist offers some helpful insights.

When I’m Feeling Scared by Trace Moroney
Most people are scared of something, like spiders, thunderstorms, or being alone in the dark. But things often aren’t as scary as they seem.  What do you do when your child is feeling scared? In ‘Notes for Parents’ at the back of the book, a child psychologist offers some helpful insights.

There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!

Nicky Goes to the Doctor by Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry brings his unmistakable characters on a first visit to the doctor. Nicky Bunny learns about the steps of a checkup and how to stay healthy. A perfect way to introduce a little one to this new experience!”

Betsy Goes to the Doctor by Helen Stephens
Betsy has a sore ear, and when Mummy takes her to the doctor for the first time, she feels a bit worried. Luckily she finds a friend in the waiting room.