A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.
This vividly detailed book follows the lives of several slum dwellers, all with different positions and castes, whose lives intersect through one event. Boo completely removes herself from the narrative, letting the people pull you in, and the result is a fascinating look at a violently different culture that reads like a novel. This is non-fiction at its best.
As a self-proclaimed logic junkie, I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s readable for anyone curious about puzzles, and does a thorough but fun job untangling riddles, paradoxes, and other mind-boggling curiosities. So when Monty Hall reveals a goat behind door #3, you know whether or not to switch.
For all the fixating, photographing, enlarging, clothing, and unclothing we do to that jiggly pair of fleshy bits, isn't it odd that they're the one body part that doesn't have their own medical specialist? Especially when you consider that breast milk is the number one indicator of the chemicals we ingest. This is a study of how we made such a big deal out of a simple pair of baby-feeders.
Some people might look at Murakami's running habits and think of him as insane. Most writers (or ordinary people) don't run sixty-two miles in one day or run the original marathon course in Greece for fun. In this book, Murakami provides insight into his training along with its interaction with his other passion, writing.