Books & Reviews

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Funny side of fitting in

2013-12-08 IT CAN be argued that Almost English is author Charlotte Mendelson’s take on isolation, coming of age, being a foreigner not only in a foreign land but in your own home as well, and the issues immigrants face.   Set in the 1980s, the protagonist...

Two books on China inspired Mandela

2013-12-08 IN HIS autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela said: “I made my way through the available literature on armed warfare and in particular guerrilla warfare. I wanted to know what circumstances were appropriate for a guerrilla war; how one...

‘Cross My Heart’ debuts at top of US best-sellers list

2013-12-08 JAMES Patterson’s newest novel, “Cross My Heart”, soared straight to the top of the US best-sellers list on Thursday. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide....

Sunday, 17 November 2013

‘Sycamore Row’ keeps top spot in US bestsellers list

2013-11-17 JOHN Grisham’s novel “Sycamore Row” topped the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the third consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide....

New Bartlett’s compiles 20th century quotations

2013-11-17 FOR the debut Bartlett’s anthology of black quotations, editor Retha Powers wanted to capture the personal, the political and the artistic. “When you think about black history, you think about touch points like slavery, colonialism, apartheid,”...

Cornwell writes new 21st Scarpetta mystery

2013-11-17 PATRICIA Cornwell never runs out of ideas for her intrepid forensic investigator, Kay Scarpetta. “Cybercrime is now a really big deal, and so Scarpetta is inevitably going to get involved in crimes that have to do with the Internet, or the high...

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Indonesian author writes of life’s journey to UNISSA

2013-11-10 DARE to dream! Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing and knows what His servants need. If people believe in Allah and work with righteousness, He will open the door for sustenance.” That is the core message of this novel “Siluet Cinta di Unissa” (“...

Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ is Amazon’s book of the year

2013-11-10 AUTHOR Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” a novel about a 14-year-old boy surviving in Manhattan after the death of his mother, topped Amazon.com Inc’s list of 100 best books of 2013. The list, released on Thursday, is compiled by editors at the online...

‘Sycamore Row’ retains top of best-sellers list

2013-11-10 JOHN Grisham’s novel, “Sycamore Row,” held the top spot on the US best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors...

Sunday, 13 October 2013

‘Doctor Sleep’ keeps top spot on US bestsellers fiction list

2013-10-13 STEPHEN King’s latest novel, “Doctor Sleep”, retained the No 1 spot on the US best-sellersfiction list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. The list is compiled using data from independent and chainbookstores, book wholesalers and...

Travel book transports readers to best places to ski, snowboard

2013-10-13 SCHUSSING down all the trailson the mountains described in the new book Fifty Places to Ski & Snowboard Before You Die would require living longer than anormal lifetime. The book aims to chro nicle the quintessential downhill experience, from...

The deafening issue

2013-10-13 IF LIFE is a concoction of paradoxes, then nowhere can we see this better than in the life of a soldier. The title of this book itself is a harbinger of paradoxes to come.In The Things They Cannot Say, Kevin Sites – an award-winning journalist who...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Dead Poets Society founder visits 300th grave

2013-10-06 A MAN who's devoted himself to honoring the memory of poets from the past has now visited 300 grave sites of poets ahead of this weekend's fourth annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day. Walter Skold reached the milestone on Monday when he visited the...

The book to help mind your tongue

2013-10-06 HOW many times have you wanted to smack yourself in hindsight for not saying what you really meant?Unlike actors who have the advantage of a script to help them always articulate the perfect bon mot, regular people who live unscripted lives that's...

Jane Austen's 'Emma' to get 21st century update

2013-10-06 BEST-SELLING British author Alexander McCall Smith is to pen a new version of Jane Austen's classic novel "Emma" with a 21st century twist, his publisher announced on Friday.McCall Smith, who has sold over 20 million copies of his "No. 1 Ladies'...

'Doctor Sleep' debuts at top of US fiction list

2013-10-06 STEPHEN King's latest novel,"Doctor Sleep", debuted at the top of the US best-sellers fiction list on Thursday, pushing "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks into second place. The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores,...

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Chinese rare books go under the hammer

2012-08-12 IT is not easy to gain access to 84-year-old Gu Duhuang. The great-great-grandson of the Guoyun Lou book collection's initiator Gu Wenbin (1811-89) leads a carefree life and only allocates two mornings every week for meetings.The recent sale at...

'Gone Girl' tops US bestseller fiction list

2012-08-12 "GONE Girl" climbed back to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday after slipping to third place last week.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent...

Barley's unique perspective of Singapore during Occupation

2012-08-12 BETWEEN February 1942 and September 1945, when Singapore was engulfed in blood and violence as it suffered one of the cruellest occupations of the Second World War as the conquered Japanese territory of Syonanto. Local civilians were subject to...

Sunday, 5 August 2012

'Friends Forever' tops US bestseller list

2012-08-05 "FRIENDS FOREVER" jumped to the top of Publishers Weekly's bestseller list on Thursday.The list is compiled using data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide.Hardcover Fiction (Last...

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