The Invention of Everything Else - Samantha Hunt

“Magic, religion, the occult—all of it—they are excuses to not believe that wonders are possible here on Earth,” says Nikola Tesla, the Serb inventor of alternating current and radio in The Invention Of Everything Else (Mariner, $13.95), by Samantha Hunt. This strange and marvelous novel portrays Tesla’s final days at the Hotel New Yorker in the 1940s, seen through the eyes of Louisa, a chambermaid. From his conversations with birds, Martians, and Mark Twain, to his ideas for inventions ranging from telepathy to teleportation, Tesla’s sensitivity and brilliance transcend such mundane considerations as poverty, sanity, and death itself.

People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks

In People Of The Book (Penguin, $15) Hanna, a book conservationist, is entrusted with restoring the six-hundred-year-old Sarajevo Haggadah, which, it is hoped, will unite a ragged Bosnia following the Bosnia and Herzegovina wars. As Hanna begins her work on the mysteries of the text, Geraldine Brooks takes us on an extraordinary journey across six centuries and four continents, giving us the story of the Haggadah as well as the truth about Hanna’s own past. Brooks’s richly layered narrative explores the interfaith strife and heroism that renders the Haggadah a powerful character for those who have loved it over centuries of religious and political conflict. This is a superb novel for those who like their summer reading quick but literary, and who are looking for a smart, engaging book.

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ISBN: 9780143115007
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

Evening Is the Whole Day - Preeta Samarasan

Left mostly to her own devices, six-year-old Aasha spends her days lurking in the shadows, bearing witness to the astonishing goings-on in the Big House on Kingfisher Lane. That’s how she knows the true circumstances surrounding her grandmother Paati’s mysterious death, the real reason why her suddenly-distant older sister Uma can’t wait to leave for Columbia University, and why the servant girl, Chellam, once her only ally, is being banished from the family’s home. Set against the sweeping backdrop of post-colonial Malaysia, Preeta Samarasan’s extraordinary debut novel, Evening Is The Whole Day (Mariner, $13.95), uses a fresh, lyrical voice to paint a poignant, intimate portrait of a troubled family.

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ISBN: 9780547237893
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Published: Mariner Books - May 12th, 2009