Top Ten Books This Week - September 1, 2014
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week.
On Sep 02, 2014

1.Parvati Sharma :Close to Home :Rs 399.00

Mrinalini has everything she wants and needs: a loving husband, a good cook and the hope of a book deal someday. However, when her old roommate tells her that she is selfish, Mrinalini is determined to prove her wrong. She is then forced to take care of her maid’s child. Raising a child is not an easy task at all and it gets worse as her husband has left his lucrative job. He now has parental ambitions and this is not good news to Mrinalini. Her troubles double when her upstairs tenant and literary rival, Brajeshwar Jha, gets his book published before Mrinalini’s. Will she be able to get out of the mess that she is in and still prove that she is not selfish? This is a story of young people who only wish to possess good fortune and are looking for good lives.

2.Ashok Banker :Ten Kings :Rs 250.00

3400 B.C.E - A tribal chief and his small valiant clan defended their land of five rivers, which we now call Punjab, against a huge invading force. The invaders were ten kings of neighbouring regions such a Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and the Europrean steppes. The battle lasted a single day. It was brutal. swift and cuded in a complete massacre - of the invaders. How did the King Sudas and his outmatched tribe win this impossible battle? Ten Kings unlocks the historic secret. The internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of the Ramayana Series recreates this legendary battle in vivid unforgettable style in his first historical novel.

3.Karen Joy Fowler : We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves :Rs 499.00

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion … she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

4.Matthew Reilly :The Tournament :Rs 399.00

It is the year 1546, and young princess Elizabeth of England has been facing problems. She may not be in line for the throne, but she is still seen as a threat to her older sister and brother. During this time, there comes an extraordinary invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople. He wants the finest chess players from the civilized world to pit against each other. He teacher and mentor, Roger Ascham, takes her with him when he travels to the Ottoman Capital for the tournament. However, they find that there is more danger there than there was in England. It is reported that there is a killer on the loose and the Sultan asks Ascham to investigate a murder. He and Elizabeth find out about a lot of dark secrets and terrible crimes that could scar the princess and define the queen that she will become.

5.Eric Reinhardt :The Victoria System :Rs 399.00

A story of sex, capitalism, power and deception - told through the twists and turns of an erotic obsession - Finally, a sexy book written by someone who would appear to have had sex Dazed and Confused.Bold, arresting, accomplished, complex, sensual, sexual, intriguing, heady Le Monde David Kolski is in charge of the construction of a huge Paris tower block and the pressure is crushing him.But then he meets Victoria - a high-powered and ruthless executive by day and insatiable sensualist by night. David's hard-headed new lover gives him a new sense of purpose and renewed energy, but when she offers to use her position to help him in his career, a shadow falls over their affair. Is she capable of helping anyone other than herself? And who are the men in the Audi he keeps seeing, always a few cars behind him?

Non Fiction

1.Sylvia Ann Hewlett :Executive Presence :The Missing Link Between Merit and Success :Rs 399.00

Are you “leadership material?” More importantly, do others perceive you to be? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, a noted expert on workplace power and influence, shows you how to identify and embody the Executive Presence (EP) that you need to succeed.You can have the experience and qualifications of a leader, but without executive presence, you won't advance. EP is an amalgam of qualities that true leaders exude, a presence that telegraphs you're in charge or deserve to be. Articulating those qualities isn't easy, however.Based on a nationwide survey of college graduates working across a range of sectors and occupations, Sylvia Hewlett and the Center for Talent Innovation discovered that EP is a dynamic, cohesive mix of appearance, communication, and gravitas. While these elements are not equal, to have true EP, you must know how to use all of them to your advantage.Filled with eye-opening insights, analysis, and practical advice for both men and women, mixed with illustrative examples from executives learning to use the EP, Executive Presence will help you make the leap from working like an executive to feeling like an executive.

2.Richard Hytner :Consiglieri :Leading From the Shadows :Rs 399.00

Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be. Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks it's time to celebrate the second-in-commands, the consiglieri: from Merlin, to Al Gore, Rasputin to Machiavelli. These are the deputies, the Vice Presidents, the C-suite, the department heads – lieutenants, advisers, and counselors – whose influence determines the fate of boardrooms, corporations, and nations.While supremacy comes with drawbacks and influence, authority and power can be found in much more interesting places than the CEO's chair. Consiglieri: Leading from The Shadows brings together historical examples from Harry Hopkins to William Seward, conversations with contemporary second-in-commands to Tony Blair and Sir Alex Ferguson, and unique insights into Stalin, JFK, and Winnie the Pooh.A mirror for contemporary ‘No. 2’s’ and a theoretical map for future consiglieri, the book traverses an array of powerful advisers from the White House to the Vatican, across international business, sports, and entertainment, as well as citing provocative research from psychology and academia.

3.William Stadiem: Jet Set :The People , The Planes the Glamour and the Romance in Aviations Glory Years: Rs 799.00

Jet Set reads like a who’s who of the fabulous and well connected, from the swashbuckling “skycoons” who launched the jet fleet to the playboys, moguls, and financiers who kept it flying. Among the bold-face names on the passenger manifest: Juan Trippe, the Yale-educated WASP with the Spanish-sounding name who parlayed his fraternity contacts into a tiny airmail route that became the world’s largest airline, Pan Am; couturier to the stars Oleg Cassini, the Kennedy administration’s “Secretary of Style,” and his social climbing brother Igor, who became the most powerful gossip columnist in America—then lost it all in one of the juiciest scandals of the century; Temple Fielding, the high-rolling high priest of travel guides, and his budget-conscious rival Arthur Frommer; Conrad Hilton, the New Mexico cowboy who built the most powerful luxury hotel chain on earth; and Mary Wells Lawrence, the queen bee of Madison Avenue whose suggestive ads for Braniff and other airlines brought sex appeal to the skies. Like a superfueled episode of Mad Men, Jet Set evokes a time long gone but still vibrant in American memory. This is a rollicking, sexy romp through the ring-a-ding glory years of air travel, when escape was the ultimate aphrodisiac and the smiles were as wide as the aisles.

4.Michael Brooks :At the Edge of Uncertainty : 11 Discoveries Taking Science by Surprise :Rs 399.00

The atom. The Big Bang. DNA. Natural selection. All ideas that have revolutionised science - and that were dismissed out of hand when they first appeared. The surprises haven't stopped: here, Michael Brooks, bestselling author of 13 Things that Don't Make Sense, investigates the new wave of unexpected insights that are shaping the future of scientific discovery.Through eleven radical new insights, Brooks takes us to the extreme frontiers of what we understand about the world. He journeys from the observations that might rewrite our history of the universe, through the novel biology behind our will to live, and on to the physiological root of consciousness. Along the way, he examines how the underrepresentation of women in clinical trials means that many of the drugs we use are less effective on women than men and more likely to have adverse effects, explores how merging humans with other species might provide a solution to the shortage of organ donors, and finds out if there is such a thing as the will to live.When we think about science, we often think of iron-clad facts. But today more than ever, our unshakeable truths have been shaken apart. As Michael Brooks reveals, the best science is about open-mindedness, imagination and a love of mind-boggling adventures at the edge of uncertainty.

5.Russell Shorto :The Island at the Center of the World :Rs 599.00

When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated. Drawing on this remarkable archive, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative–a story of global sweep centered on a wilderness called Manhattan–that transforms our understanding of early America.The Dutch colony pre-dated the “original” thirteen colonies, yet it seems strikingly familiar. Its capital was cosmopolitan and multi-ethnic, and its citizens valued free trade, individual rights, and religious freedom. Their champion was a progressive, young lawyer named Adriaen van der Donck, who emerges in these pages as a forgotten American patriot and whose political vision brought him into conflict with Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony. The struggle between these two strong-willed men laid the foundation for New York City and helped shape American culture. The Island at the Center of the World uncovers a lost world and offers a surprising new perspective on our own.
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