1. The Portable Veblen
Author: Elizabeth McKenzie
Set in and around Palo Alto, US, amid the culture clash of new money and old values, The Portable Veblen is an unforgettable look at the life of now. Veblen Amundsen-Hovda and her fiancé Paul Vreeland, on the brink of a failed relationship, weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive heiress, and also a tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel.
2. Perfect Days
Author: Raphael Montes
One of Brazil’s most celebrated crime writers, this is Raphael Montes’ debut English language novel. In Perfect Days, Rio De Janerio-based loner Teo Avelar kidnaps aspiring screenwriter Clarice and embarks on a journey across the country, as the latter had mapped in her roadtrip screenplay.
3. When Breath Becomes Air
Author: Paul Kalanithi
At 36, Paul Kalanithi, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This memoir of his travels from his days as a medical student where he questioned what makes a meaningful life, to his time as a neurosurgeon at Stanford, when he worked upon the organ that defines human identity, and finally to the days when he as a patient confronts his own mortality.
4. The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of The House of Travancore
Author: Manu S Pillai
In this biography of Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, regent queen of the erstwhile Kingdom of Travancore, the debutant author tells the tale of her rise and fall. The former parliamentary aide to Member of Parliament, Dr Shashi Tharoor, recounts the forgotten political and personal story that changed the history of India.
5. Mr Splitfoot
Author: Samantha Hunt
This haunting story follows orphaned teenage friends Ruth and Nat, from their life inside the religious cult commune in upstate New York, to 20 years into the future. The dual narrative is carefully plotted with drips of magical realism, supernatural elements and mystery.
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