Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Penguin's list of new reads for this month

A Daughter’s Memoir
Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto’s niece, is a thrilling account of her search to uncover, and to understand, the truth of her father’s life and death in the context of the Bhutto’s dynastic politics in Pakistan.

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni from
Hamish Hamilton
A group of nine from diverse cultures and countries are trapped in the visa office at an Indian Consulate after a massive earthquake in an American city. As they wait to be rescued—or to die—they begin to tell each other stories, each recalling ‘one amazing thing’ in their life, sharing things they have never spoken of before.

How stories become stories!
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman throws fresh light on who Jesus was, offering a radical new take on the myths and mysteries of the gospels and of the church that has shaped the course of the last two millennia.

A simple idea that makes a tremendous difference
In riveting stories, Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection.

Ash and Tara Online Treasure Hunt
Emperor Akbar has lost his precious emerald dagger! Follow the exciting seven monuments trail to help him find it and win exciting prizes. This online treasure hunt is open to school students under the age of 18.
Know more and play here http://www.penguinbooksindia.com/TreasureHunt

Essential reading for every young citizen
Former Chief Justice Leila Seth makes the words of the Preamble to the Constitution understandable to even the youngest reader in We, the Children of India: The Preamble to Our Constitution

A Twenty-first Century Guide to the World around Us
One of this month’s bestsellers, The Scientific Indian by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam will speak to every curious and adventurous mind, and especially to tomorrow’s scientists and technologists, encouraging us to dream big, and urging us to work hard to make our dreams come true.

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