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The Emissary

In Los Angeles, hundreds of blackbirds drop out of the sky in a scene reminiscent of Hitchcock’s The Birds. On the same day, a beach in Maine glistens with the bodies of thousands of fish gasping for air, dying. And only a few hours later, on the South Island of […]

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The Red Man Turns to Green: An Assortment of Short Stories

Short almost abrupt stories are followed by longer, more fleshed out ones maintaining an erratic (but engaging) pace to this book. Dickson Telfer’s stories are joyful, sad, playful, nice, naughty, touching, some even cringe-worthy but above all, they are hilarious. This book is a brilliant collection of short stories. And […]

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Heaven’s Waiting Room

I distinctly remember it being bright and sunny outside when I snuggled into my couch to read this book. By the time I finished, it was dark and past dinner time. I can’t remember consuming a book this intensely in a long while. I lost all sense of time, something […]

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The Possessed

Elif Batuman’s The Possessed is funny, downright hilarious even at times. Like the description of the scholars squabbling over a dinner table at the Babel conference in the opening chapter of the book or the trip to St Petersburg to report about the modern-day replica of Anna Ivanovna’s Ice Palace […]

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Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

I can honestly say that ‘Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error’ is a liberating read. Kathryn Schulz presents her case for ‘Wrongology’ – a complex subject exploring all aspects of fault – her basis being that we (people) have been wrong about being wrong to begin with. Sure, […]