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<b>FICTION </b><br><br><b>A Walk Across the Sun </b><br><br><b>By Corban Addison Quercus, 437 pages Best Price: Rs 356 (21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>Ahalya and Sita are two sisters living on the Coromandel coast. Their family is destroyed in the tsunami and the two spunky teenagers are snatched, sold and abused - one in Mumbai, the other across the world. Meanwhile in Washington, Thomas Clarke is a lawyer whose life and marriage to Priya are in tatters. Eager to take a break and follow Priya to Mumbai, he takes a temporary position with an international anti-trafficking group based in Bandra. The four lives intersect with dramatic results. Many India clichês - Goa beaches, Bombay brothels, dancing girls - and a predictable ending.

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June 30, 2012


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A Walk Across the Sun

By Corban Addison Quercus, 437 pages Best Price: Rs 356 (21% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

Ahalya and Sita are two sisters living on the Coromandel coast. Their family is destroyed in the tsunami and the two spunky teenagers are snatched, sold and abused - one in Mumbai, the other across the world. Meanwhile in Washington, Thomas Clarke is a lawyer whose life and marriage to Priya are in tatters. Eager to take a break and follow Priya to Mumbai, he takes a temporary position with an international anti-trafficking group based in Bandra. The four lives intersect with dramatic results. Many India clichês - Goa beaches, Bombay brothels, dancing girls - and a predictable ending.

<b>SCIENCE </b><br><br><b>Incognito </b><br><br><b>By David Eagleman Canongate, 290 pages Best Price: Rs 480 (20% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>Pink Floyd once sang, "There's someone in my head, but it's not me. " This book is about that someone. It is called the unconscious, the incredibly complicated machinery that is the actual human brain. Drawing upon latest neuroscience and psychological research and successfully avoiding jargon, David Eagleman tells the story of how unknown to us the brain is ticking away, processing information, distilling, rejecting, storing it for retrieval. There is a struggle between the conscious and unconscious with years of evolution rubbing against what the immediate senses might tell us.

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June 30, 2012


SCIENCE

Incognito

By David Eagleman Canongate, 290 pages Best Price: Rs 480 (20% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

Pink Floyd once sang, "There's someone in my head, but it's not me. " This book is about that someone. It is called the unconscious, the incredibly complicated machinery that is the actual human brain. Drawing upon latest neuroscience and psychological research and successfully avoiding jargon, David Eagleman tells the story of how unknown to us the brain is ticking away, processing information, distilling, rejecting, storing it for retrieval. There is a struggle between the conscious and unconscious with years of evolution rubbing against what the immediate senses might tell us.

<b>TEEN FICTION </b><br><br><b>Daughter of Smoke and Bone </b><br><br><b>By Laini Taylor Hachette, 418 pages Best Price: Rs 350 at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>Karou studies art at a college in Prague when not running dangerous errands around the world for a monstrous creature - Brimstone, the wishmonger. Raised in Elsewhere by Brimstone and other chimaeras (half human half animals) the teen has no idea of where she came from or what Brimstone really does. In her quest for answers, she finds herself pursued by a love-struck angel, banished from her foster home and drawn into the eternal war between the chimaeras and the angels. The book, the first in the fantasy trilogy, is well-written and chiefly targets a teenaged audience.

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June 30, 2012


TEEN FICTION

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

By Laini Taylor Hachette, 418 pages Best Price: Rs 350 at shopping. indiatimes. com

Karou studies art at a college in Prague when not running dangerous errands around the world for a monstrous creature - Brimstone, the wishmonger. Raised in Elsewhere by Brimstone and other chimaeras (half human half animals) the teen has no idea of where she came from or what Brimstone really does. In her quest for answers, she finds herself pursued by a love-struck angel, banished from her foster home and drawn into the eternal war between the chimaeras and the angels. The book, the first in the fantasy trilogy, is well-written and chiefly targets a teenaged audience.

<b>NON-FICTION </b><br><br><b>The Golden Hat </b><br><br><b>By Kate Winslet Simon and Schuster, 284 pages Best Price: Rs 592 (26% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com </b><br><br>This is the story of a boy with a golden hat. This is the story of a child with autism. The story of how that little boy learned how to read, how to tell his stories, how he learned to speak without words, with writing that said more than any word could. And this is also the story of how fame can help the less fortunate. Kate Winslet adopted the cause of autism and spread the word - a list of celebrities was asked to wear a hat and take a picture. And they did. This book is a collection of portraits, funny, funky, touching, hamming - all to show off how a hat can change a life.

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June 30, 2012


NON-FICTION

The Golden Hat

By Kate Winslet Simon and Schuster, 284 pages Best Price: Rs 592 (26% off) at shopping. indiatimes. com

This is the story of a boy with a golden hat. This is the story of a child with autism. The story of how that little boy learned how to read, how to tell his stories, how he learned to speak without words, with writing that said more than any word could. And this is also the story of how fame can help the less fortunate. Kate Winslet adopted the cause of autism and spread the word - a list of celebrities was asked to wear a hat and take a picture. And they did. This book is a collection of portraits, funny, funky, touching, hamming - all to show off how a hat can change a life.

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