#FRIDAYFICTION : Can Xue’s masterful ‘Love Stories for the New Millennium’ trace love’s many guises — satirical, tragic, transient, lasting, nebulous, and fulfilling — against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of commerce and industry, fraud and exploitation, and sex and romance drawn from the East and the West. In this darkly comic novel, a group of women inhabits a world of constant surveillance, where informants lurk in the flower beds and false reports fly. Conspiracies abound in a community that normalises paranoia and suspicion. Some try to flee; others seek out the refuge of Nest County, where traditional Chinese herbal medicines can reshape or psychologically transport the self. Each life is circumscribed by buried secrets and transcendent delusions. (Hardback, RM85)
Our 2nd post for World Mental Health Day highlights books for children and teens. ‘The Unworry Book’ is an inspiring write-in toolkit, full of things to calm your child (or even yourself!) down and places to put your worries. Activities include creating a worry box, making a mood grid and mindfulness activities such as colouring, doodling and mazes. Written with the help of a psychologist, there are links to websites for tips, advice and support too. (Hardback, RM49.90) With lots of practical advice, ‘Looking After Your Mental Health’ is a lively, accessible guide that explains why we have emotions, and what can influence them. Covering everything from friendships, social media and bullying to divorce, depression and eating disorders, this is an essential book for young people. (Paperback, RM39.90)
Philosopher Ichiro Kishimi and author Fumitake Koga, the duo behind the international bestseller ‘The Courage to be Disliked’, return with ‘The Courage to be Happy’, which presents profound insights into living life courageously and finding happiness along the way. ‘Happy’ follows a Socratic dialogue between a philosopher and a young man, wherein the young man is full of doubt that life can be genuinely improved by simply changing his thinking. The philosopher patiently explains the essence of 19th century psychologist Alfred Adler's “psychology of courage”, taking the young man through the mental steps necessary to achieve it, and demonstrating the changes this psychology will bring to the way we live our lives. (Hardback, RM69.90)
‘Marriage and Mutton Curry’ is Dato Dr. M. SHANmughalingam’s first collection of short fiction published by Epigram Singapore. He paints, with gentle wit and humour, the concerns and intrigues of the Jaffna Tamil community in Malaya. At turns satirical, empathetic and insightful, these fifteen stories explore what happens when we hold on to—and choose to leave behind—our traditions and identities in a changing world. Join us for a performance reading by the author and panel discussion with Dr. Susan Philip, associate professor of English at University of Malaya, and Lit Books proprietor Fong Min Hun. Book signing to follow after. Register your interest at the link in our profile. We look forward to having you!
Shortlisted for the 2019 FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, 'The Third Pillar' by Raghuram Rajan (distinguished University of Chicago professor, former IMF chief economist, head of India’s central bank) offers up a magnificent big-picture framework for understanding how the state, markets, and our communities interact, why things begin to break down, and how we can find our way back to a more secure and stable plane. Rajan offers a way to rethink the relationship between the market and civil society and argues for a return to strengthening and empowering local communities as an antidote to growing despair and unrest. (Trade paperback, RM89.90)
Well, this came as a surprise! There's not one but two winners at this year's Booker Prize: Margaret Atwood's 'The Testaments', and Bernardine Evaristo's 'Girl, Woman, Other'. Congratulations to both!
Congratulations to Olga Torkarczuk who has been awarded the 2018 Nobel for Literature!
NEW IN: The updated 2nd edition of 'Atlas Obscura' boasts an additional 100 curious and unusual destinations. This must-have tome for adventurous souls features more than 700 far-flung destinations plus 12 new city guides and a foldout map. (Hardback, RM176.50) : @atlasobscura
We now have @tash .aw's brilliant 'We, the Survivors' in the hardcover US edition, featuring the facade of the Pudu prison on its cover. The erstwhile detention centre has, alas, not survived gentrification and has since been torn down for redevelopment. The cover, designed by Na Kim, is a reflection of the central theme of the book which focuses on the ways in which individual agency is ensnared by class, both social and economic, and circumstance. The book also shines a light on the plight of migratory workers, and the challenges they face in trying to survive. (RM129.90)
Happy Sunday! Here's an inspirational book we all can dig into: 'Bolder'. This book champions people over age 70 who are still creating, inspiring or working, and the goal is to change perceptions about growing older. Chapters tackle the eternal themes of Success, Love & Sex, Happiness, Family, Health & Fitness, Style & Beauty, Work, Friends, Regrets and Death. Full of surprises and hilarity from 28 people who are anything but invisible, 'Bolder' is full of life lessons that everyone can learn from. (Hardback, RM79.90)