Stack of Books: End June with 10 New Readings, Arts News & Top Stories
In this monthly column, The Sunday Times selects 10 books from around the world that have just hit shelves.
Top of the stack
By Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein
William Collins / Paperback / 454 pages / $ 30.98 / Available here
5 out of 5
We make judgments all the time – for example, about people, future events, and investments – and are often beneficiaries – or victims – of judgments made by others.
But judgments are wrong more often than you think. Sometimes they are verifiable in error. We can check, for example, if an investment we made turned out as planned. At other times, they may not be verifiable, but may still be in error.
Master psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman has made a career out of exploring the cognitive limits of the human mind.
In his latest book Noise, co-authored by professors Olivier Sibony of HEC Paris and Cass R. Sunstein of Harvard, Kahneman delves deeply into the world of judgment, exploring how and why judgments go wrong and what can be done about it. correct them. .
The president’s daughter
By Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Century / Paperback / 594 pages / $ 28.89 / Available here
Former US President Clinton is teaming up with hit thriller writer Patterson for their second political blockbuster after The President Is Missing in 2018. This time, she’s the daughter of a retired president – another than the previous book – which was kidnapped by terrorists. Her desperate father will challenge the current Commander-in-Chief and do whatever it takes to get her home, like a more presidential Liam Neeson from the Taken films (2008 to 2014).
By Michael Lewis
WW Norton & Company / Hardcover / 304 pages / $ 27.82 / Available here
This non-fiction thriller tells the stories of medical visionaries who tried to warn America of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the administration of former President Donald Trump played down the threat.
They include 13-year-old Laura Glass, whose science project on the transmission of airborne pathogens became a model of disease control, to a secretive team of dissident medics dubbed the Wolverines, who had the resources and experience to fight. pandemic – but lacked official permission to do their work.
The anthropocene reviewed
By John Green
Ebury Press / Paperback / 304 pages / $ 30.90 / Available here
Green is best known as the best-selling novelist behind young adult hits such as The Fault In Our Stars (2012) and Turtles All The Way Down (2017). In 2018, he launched a podcast in which he reviewed facets of the Anthropocene – the geological epoch dominated by human impact – on a five-star scale.
In this book, he collects his podcast episodes as a series of essays on topics as diverse as sunsets, scratch and sniff stickers, and the Super Mario Kart racing video game.
By Joanne M. Harris, illustrated by Charles Vess
Gollancz / Hardcover / 420 pages / $ 54.94 / Available here
“There’s a story the bees used to tell, which makes it hard to believe,” begins this enchanting storybook from the author of the novel Chocolat (1999), beautifully illustrated by the fantastic artist Vess .
Set in the Nine Worlds, these are dark tales of characters like the Silky People’s Lacewing King, who live in the shadows and cast none themselves, and the Moon Queen of the Seabed.
By Elinor Cleghorn
Weidenfeld & Nicolson / Paperback / 470 pages / $ 32.95 / Available here
British cultural historian Cleghorn examines the troubling history of women’s ill health, from hysteria to endometriosis, has often been misinterpreted or overlooked, even as a woman’s claim to her own body remains continually contested.
Cleghorn draws on her own experience as a sick woman, after seven years of strange pain that has been repeatedly dismissed or misdiagnosed, until a rheumatologist finally diagnoses her with lupus.
How the word went
By Clint Smith
Dialogue Books / Paperback / 321 pages / $ 34.60 / Available here
American journalist and poet Smith takes the reader to discover how the legacy of American slavery is addressed at nine sites such as the Whitney Plantation in New Orleans, the Monticello Plantation of US President Thomas Jefferson, and Blandford Cemetery, location rest of thousands of Confederate soldiers. .
By Lisa Taddeo
Bloomsbury Circus / Paperback / 336 pages / $ 29.95 / Available here
American author Taddeo, who made waves with her provocative non-fiction bestseller Three Women (2019), is making her fiction debut.
Joan flees New York to Los Angeles after the boss she was having an affair with broke into a restaurant where she was having dinner with another man and shot himself in front of her.
Beginning a descent into depravity, she befriends a yoga instructor called Alice, who may be able to help her make sense of her own traumatic past.
I know what i saw
By Imran Mahmood
Raven Books / Paperback / 355 pages / $ 29.99 / Available here
Xander Shute, a wealthy banker who is now homeless, takes refuge in what he thinks is an empty apartment and witnesses the murder of a woman.
But the police tell him that the murder could not have taken place, and his mental health is closely examined.
By Rupert Thomson
Corsair / Hardcover / 215 pages / $ 39.22 / Available here
British writer Thomson takes the reader back to the eve of another crisis – what now looks like the financial crash of 2008.
Three novels set in Barcelona, Spain – narrated by an Englishwoman who runs a gift shop, an alcoholic jazz pianist and a translator tormented by unrequited love – are all linked by a crime committed against a young Moroccan immigrant.