NEW IN: : ,- , by eminent Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith is a kaleidoscopic book that shines a light on the footloose Arab peoples and tribes who conquered lands and disseminated their language and culture over vast distances. Tracing this process to the origins of the Arabic language, rather than the advent of Islam, Tim begins his narrative more than 1,000 years before Muhammad and focuses on how Arabic, both spoken and written, has functioned as a vital source of shared cultural identity over the millennia. (Paperback, RM79.90) We will be hosting Tim Mackintosh-Smith at Lit Books for an author session in March. Watch this space for details!
UPDATE: We've sold out of the hardback. Thank you folks for your enthusiastic support! We've got not one but three editions of Tan Twan Eng's , including very limited copies in hardback. A reminder that the author will be at Lit Books this Sunday at 5pm! Admission is free but do come early if you'd like a seat.
NEW IN: In , internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of the Nutrition Facts website Dr. Michael Greger hones in on the optimal criteria to enable weight loss, while considering how these foods actually affect our health and longevity. But he goes beyond food to identify 21 weight-loss accelerators available to our bodies, incorporating the latest discoveries in cutting-edge areas like chronobiology to reveal the factors that maximise our natural fat-burning capabilities. Chock full of actionable advice and groundbreaking dietary research, will put an end to dieting―and replace those constant weight-loss struggles with a simple, healthy, sustainable lifestyle. (Trade paperback, RM99.90)
Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng’s lush and evocative novel, , made the headlines when it won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012 and then, the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction the following year. It once again made the headlines when the novel was adapted into a film that was nominated for nine awards at the 56th Golden Horse Awards 2019 (it took home the Best Makeup & Costume Design accolade). It’s been an incredible journey for Twan Eng and his book, and we’re excited to be hosting him at our store where he will be speaking with Lit Books founder Fong Min Hun and a special guest moderator. Join us! Admission is free but seating is limited so do come early if you'd like a seat.
In , John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister show how we are wired to react to bad events more strongly than good ones. It makes sense in evolutionary terms, but in our modern world the lure of bad is more powerful than ever. It governs our moods, drives marketing and dominates the news. It can explain everything from why wars start or couples divorce, to why we mess up job interviews or feud with neighbours. But there is good news. By using smart strategies from new science, we can train our brains to get better at spotting our own negativity bias, fighting back with our rational minds to manage the bad in our lives — and even using its power for positive results. (Trade paperback, RM79.90)
#FRIDAYFICTION : Kiley Reid’s striking debut novel, , is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. Read Min Hun’s review at the link in our profile! The trade paperback is available at RM65.90.
One of Bill Gates’ recommended books, by Matthew Walker is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. Walker is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley and the director of its Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab. In this fascinating and accessible book, Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesising decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels, and so much more. (Paperback, RM59.90, pictured with a Paper Parcel book sleeve, RM40)
If you enjoy food books, you’re gonna want to get your hands on these two delectable anthologies of food writing: The Best American Food Writing 2019 (RM89.90) edited by award-winning author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Samin Nosrat, and Telltale Food: Writings from the Fay Khoo Award 2017–2019 (RM55), edited by Hikayat co-founder Bettina Chua Abdullah. The stories in both books will not only inspire but also provoke critical thinking and new perspectives about the food we eat (or don’t).
NEW IN: Noted neurologist Dr Allan H. Ropper and maths lecturer Brian David Burrell challenge the widespread misunderstanding of brain disease and mental illness in . The authors raise a host of philosophical and practical questions: What is the difference between a sick mind and a sick brain? If we understood everything about the brain, would we understand ourselves? By delving into an overlooked history of syphilis and hysteria, this book shows how neuroscience and brain scans alone cannot account for a robust mental life, or a deeply disturbed one. (Hardback, RM102.90)
The Mandarin Netflix series of Yangsze Choo's drops on Jan 23! If you haven't read the book, we highly recommend it — this historical fiction set in #Malacca blends supernatural intrigue, mystery, family drama, and romance to make for a pacey and utterly #unputdownable read. Newly restocked! (Paperback, RM49.90)