Good Reads

December 22, 2017 10:15 AM The Week Bureau


Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, The Sting of Peppercorns by Antonio Gomes and  The Upside of Irrationality.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham 
Price: Rs 798

In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told. Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

The Sting of Peppercorns
by Antonio Gomes 
Price: Rs 520

It’s May 1961, and in the village of Loutolim in Portuguese Goa, Dona Isabella prepares for the unexpected return of her eldest and favorite son Paulo, who is studying law in Coimbra, Portugal. On the very day of his return to Goa, Paulo barely escapes execution by a group of masked guerrillas seeking the overthrow of the colonial Portuguese regime. Paulo’s life, and that of his rich and traditional Brahmin family, takes a tragic turn with the military takeover of Goa by India after 451 years of Portuguese rule. The integration of Goa into India disentangles the socio-economic foundation of the Albuquerque family. Paulo’s sister falls in love with a man of lower caste. Dona Isabella laments the loss of her culture and the unraveling of her children’s lives. Haunted by nightmares, and daydreaming of his return to Portugal, Paulo takes to drinking and drugs. This brilliantly-crafted story unfolds like a canvas, suffused with a profound sensibility, and a sense of foreboding.

The Upside of Irrationality
by Dan Ariely
Price: Rs 638

Behavioral economist and New York Times bestselling author of Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely returns to offer a much-needed take on the irrational decisions that influence our dating lives, our workplace experiences, and our temptation to cheat in any and all areas. Fans of Freakonomics, Survival of the Sickest, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and The Tipping Point will find many thought-provoking insights in The Upside of Irrationality. Ariely reveals the multiple biases that lead us to make unwise decisions. He exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job, how one unwise action can become a long-term bad habit, how we learn to love the ones we’re with, and more. The Upside of Irrationality will change the way we see ourselves at work and at home.

 

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