This is a book we wholeheartedly recommend for its honest, humane and riveting examination of end-of-life care, where the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Doctors, committed to extending life, carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Full of eye-opening research and moving personal stories, Being Mortal shows how one can live to the end with autonomy and dignity, and it gives you guidelines to have this difficult but urgently important conversation with your doctor and loved ones. (Paperback, RM49.90)
A runaway bestseller in Sweden that has sold more than a million copies worldwide, Surrounded by Idiots shares a simple, revolutionary method of understanding the people around you that will change how you interact with everyone from your coworkers to your spouse. (Paperback, RM62.90)
The Lost Tide Warriors is the brilliant sequel to the award-winning Storm Keeper's Island. In this thrilling sequel, Fionn Boyle has been Storm Keeper of Arranmore for less than six months when thousands of terrifying Soulstalkers arrive on the island. The empty-eyed followers of the dreaded sorceress Morrigan have come to raise their leader and Fionn is powerless to stop them. The Storm Keeper's magic has deserted him and with his grandfather's memory waning, Fionn must rely on his friends Shelby and Sam to help him summon Dagda's army of merrows. The battle to save Arranmore has begun. (Paperback, RM44.90)
#FRIDAYFICTION : Folk by Zoe Gilbert is a captivating, magical and haunting debut novel of breathtaking imagination. Set in the remote island village of Neverness, the villagers' lives are inseparable from nature and its enchantments. Verlyn Webbe, born with a wing for an arm, unfurls his feathers in defiance of past shame; Plum is snatched by a water bull and dragged to his lair; little Crab Skerry takes his first run through the gorse-maze; Madden sleepwalks through violent storms, haunted by horses and her father's wishes. As the tales of this island community interweave over the course of a generation, their earthy desires, resentments, idle gossip and painful losses create a staggeringly original world. (Paperback, RM49.90)
Happy Malaysia Day, folks!
Join us for an author session with Tunku Halim, a household name in horror and dark fantasy stories. BFM89.9's Sharmilla Ganesan will be speaking with Halim on his collection of short stories, Scream to the Shadows, published by @penguinbookssea . Register your interest at the link in our profile.
Today we commemorate #InternationalLiteracyDay with this moving quote from abolitionist leader #FrederickDouglass , who was born into slavery and for whom literacy was crucial in helping him achieve his freedom. Indeed, being able to read and having a love for books can open up worlds of learning and possibilities. Pictured is a literary art print by Obvious State, and Macmillan Collector's Library hardback editions of classics.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, She Said is the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. This is a story about the power of truth, with shocking new information from hidden sources. (Trade paperback, RM69.90)
Love literature and travelling? Get your hands on Booked, a practical travel guide that explores 80 of the most iconic literary locations around the world that you can actually visit. Organised by regions, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots. (Hardback, RM152.50)
#AboutLastNight : Together with @tbntbooks and @times .reads, we celebrated the launch of @therealmargaretatwood 's The Testaments, the long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed Handmaid’s Tale. The evening began with a retelling of The Handmaid’s Tale, then a panel discussion of the book versus the TV series. Congratulations to the 10 winners who walked away with gifts from the lucky draw: copies of The Testaments, T-shirts, and copies of The Handmaid’s Tale. Massive love to all who came and supported us!