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This week’s round-up of books offers you the chance to live with the Evenki people in remote China, take a walk back through time in Stephen Hawking’s amazing life, learn how to connect with kids in this digital age, and solve a few murders, too.
The Last Quarter Of The Moon
Author: Chi Zijian
Publisher: Harvill Secker, 311 pages, fiction
PRIZE-WINNING novelist Chi Zijian’s narrator is a 90-year-old woman who recounts her life as a member of the Evenki tribe that wanders the remote forests of north-eastern China. They rely on herds of reindeer for transport and sustenance in the form of reindeer milk.
At the end of the 20th century, the old woman sits among the birch trees and thinks back over her life, and the joys and tragedies that have befallen her people. She recalls an idyllic childhood playing and listening to the clan’s legends. But in the 1930s, the secluded world of the tribe is shattered when the Japanese army invades China. The Evenki are inevitably pulled into the brutal conflict that heralds the beginning of an era that ends their isolation.
My Brief History
Author: Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Bantam Books, 126 pages, non-fiction
“I WANTED to fathom the depths of the universe. Maybe I have succeeded to a small extent, but there’s still plenty I want to know,” writes Stephen Hawking, the theoretical physicist and cosmologist best known to the masses for his ground breaking book, A Brief History of Time, that explores the mysteries of the universe.
Turning his gaze on his own life, My Brief History recounts Hawking’s journey, from his postwar London boyhood to his years of international acclaim. Illustrated with rare private photographs, this account lets readers in on a different side of Hawking: the inquisitive schoolboy whose classmates nicknamed him Einstein; the jokester who once placed a bet with a colleague over the existence of a particular black hole; and the young husband and father struggling to gain a foothold in the worlds of physics and cosmology. He opens up about the challenges that confronted him following his diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) at age 21 and how the prospect of an early death urged him through numerous intellectual breakthroughs.
12th Of Never (Woman’s Murder Club #12)
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing, 397 pages, fiction
IN the latest Woman’s Murder Club novel, Lindsay Boxer’s baby daughter is born. While she and hubby Joe tackle parenthood, San Francisco gets hit with multiple killings. An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a murder that he claims is real.
No one believes him – until a vicious shooting fits the man’s description down to the last detail. Then the girlfriend of a star football player is found dead in her car, making the athlete the prime suspect. It seems like an open-and-shut case – until the body vanishes from the morgue.
When the desperate chief of police calls for help, Lindsay is forced to return to work after only one week at home with her newborn. And then she faces the most devastating loss of her life.
The Big Disconnect
Author: Catherine Steiner-Adair
Publisher: Harper Collins, 374 pages, non-fiction
HOW do we raise happy, creative, caring kids amidst our plugged-in lifestyles? From iPads replacing conversation at the dinner table to toddlers expertly navigating smart phones, digital technology is transforming our everyday lives. And parents are losing their connection with their kids.
Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents and her consulting work with educators and experts across America, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair offers insights that can help parents achieve a better understanding of the tech revolution unfolding in their homes and how to break through the screen and connect deeply with their children.
The Lost Boy
Author: Camilla Lackberg
Publisher: HarperCollins, 493 pages, fiction
WE return to Camilla Lackberg’s well-liked Detective Patrik Hedstrom and another murder in the seventh book by the authors behind the Lackberg pseudonym, Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck.
This time, it is Mats Sverin, a financial director of a regeneration project worth millions, who turns up murdered. Is it coincidence that his secondary school girlfriend, Nathalie, has just moved back into the area with her five-year-old son? Nathalie is a woman of secrets who stands to lose her child if they are uncovered. But as the murder investigation stalls, the police have to dig deeper. Is there anything a mother would not do to protect her child? – Compiled by Leong Siok Hui
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