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'In digital age, youngsters still avid book readers'

Eileen- Ottessa Moshfegh

Eileen is trapped between caring for her alcoholic father and her job as a secretary at the boys’ prison. Christmas season offers little cheer for her and she tempers her dreary days with dreams of escaping to the big city. Meanwhile, her nights and weekends are filled with shoplifting and cleaning up her increasingly deranged father’s messes.

When the beautiful, charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives on the scene as the new counselor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted, unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship. But soon, Eileen’s affection for Rebecca will pull her into a crime that far surpasses even her own wild imagination. Excited right? Grab this Man Booker prize 2016 shortlisted book right away!

Paperback amazon price: Rs 299

Hardcover amazon price: Rs 551

Kindle edition: Rs 237.40

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing- Madeleine Thien

Shortlisted for the 2016 man booker prize, this epic and resonant novel is about the far-reaching effects of China's revolutionary history, told through the stories of two interlinked musical families, from the 1940s to the present day. In Canada in 1991, ten-year-old Marie and her mother invite a guest into their home: A young woman who has fled China in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. Her name is Ai-Ming. As her relationship with Marie deepens, Ai-Ming tells the story of her family in revolutionary China, from the crowded tea houses in the first days of Chairman Mao's ascent, to the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s and the events leading to the Beijing demonstrations of 1989. It is a history of revolutionary idealism, music and silence, in which three musicians, the shy and brilliant composer Sparrow, the violin prodigy Zhuli and the enigmatic pianist Kai struggle during China's relentless Cultural Revolution to remain loyal to one another and to the music they have devoted their lives to. Forced to re-imagine their artistic and private selves, their fates reverberate through the years, with deep and lasting consequences for Ai-Ming - and for Marie. Do Not Say We Have Nothing  brings to life one of the most significant political regimes of the 20th century and its traumatic legacy, which still resonates for a new generation. 

Paperback amazon price: Rs 453

Kindle edition: Rs 454.10

Colourful Notions: The Roadtrippers 1.0- Mohit Goyal

Would you give up your high-paying job and comfortable personal life to drive ten thousand kilometres across India? Just for fun!Three twenty-something's dare to do just that! While the two boys take turns to drive, the girl gives voice-over as they record their entire journey on a handy cam.Ab, Sasha and Unnati are ordinary youngsters, rendered special by the feat they accomplish.They look at each other with a glint in their eyes, as if refurbishing those memories while narrating their spooky time at Bhangarh Fort, strange escapades at Wagah Border and Sundarbans, car breakdowns, wild animals, near-death experiences and highway robbers! It's nothing less than crazy.This journey of three young hearts on the Indian terrain and into the inner recesses of their souls, gives a new perspective to relationships, love and life. 

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For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds- Rick Riordan

Award-winning mystery writer Rick Riordan's novel  For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla Guide to the Norse Worlds is a "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology.It was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!

Paperback amazon price: Rs 236.21

Hardcover amazon price: Rs 582

Kindle edition: Rs 204.52

What if This is Heaven?: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven On Earth-Anita Moorjani

Following her near‐death experience as shared in the New York Times bestseller Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be. Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Passed down from generation to generation, these myths are pervasive and influential. From the belief we reap what we sow to the idea we must always be positive, cultural myths are often accepted as truths without questioning. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves. By freeing ourselves from these ubiquitous expectations, we can break open an honest pathway to life as it was meant to be lived. 

Paperback amazon price: Rs 245

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All That Man is- David Slazay

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage of life, each of them away from home and each of them striving – in the suburbs of Prague, beside a Belgian motorway, in a cheap Cypriot hotel – to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are And as the years chase them down, the stakes become bewilderingly high in this piercing portrayal of21st-century manhood. 

Hardcover amazon price: Rs 489

Kindle edition:  Rs 296.80

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