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Recent non-fiction books

 

 

Stuffocation Living More With Less

Stuffocation Living More With Less

Simple living and happiness are the two key words that define the spectrum of powerful arguments raised by Wallman. The book makes an important contribution to the studies in critical consumerism and modern life by showing that our simple choices create great problems and the feeling/obsession of belonging unnecessary items lie at the core of our miserable world.

The Half Has Never Been Told

The Half Has Never Been Told

This is truly a brilliant book! Edward Baptist raises an important argument by claiming that slavery in the U.S history has many cruel facets and American capitalism plays a grandiose role in this catastrophe. His laborous work is a call to rethink the social dynamics of slavery in the U.S and elsewhere.

Mafias on the Move

Mafias on the Move

The writing style of Federico Varese in this book shows that he is not only one of the most respected authorities on organized crime studies but also he is a gifted author reportraying a very complex topic within a simple and yet convincing discourse. I also reviewed this book in Turkish.

Histories of the Hanged

Histories of the Hanged

Another significant attempt to conceive how the ravages of imperialism and colonialsm are enduring and devestating. This time David Anderson paints a horrifying and factual panorama of the British atrocities in Kenya.

Nothing is True

Nothing is True

"Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" of Peter Pomerants exposes the other face of Russia, and perhaps many countries of the West, with a different degree of power and injustice. “ A brilliant, entertaining, and ultimately tragic book about not only Russia, but the West.”—Tablet Magazine

This Boy

This Boy

Alan Jonhson's book introduces two fascinating charachters -his mother and his sister- whose unspeakable agony offers a powerful contradiction of destiny. The two women will be familiar to many of us when we read how the great miseries challanged their lives.

Out of Time

Out of Time

Lynne Segal explores one of the most overlooked issues and its perils in our everyday lives. Ageing barely becomes the central issue for the majority of the world population until each of us faces off the grim realities of ageing one day.

Karl Marx and World Literature

Karl Marx and World Literature

The world literature left a powerful mark on the discourse and writing style of Karl Marx. This eminent book of Prawer helps understand how one of the most greatest thinkers of the modern times has shaped socio-political thought through literature, changed the path of social order, and brought new perspectives that we employ in our daily lives even today.

Private Island

Private Island

James Meek's new book is not a fiction this time. The book deftly explores how the privatisation journey of Britain created dissent, disappointment and malfunctioning social system in the country as it does in other places. It is better to give the brief review of Owen Jones about this book: ‘James Meek’s superb book exposes the perversities, hypocrisies and failures of privatisation...he crafts beautiful and vivid passages that turn what could be a dry subject into a highly readable study.’

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Recent fiction books

 

 

The Architect's Apprentice
Elif Shafak's new book makes a powerful impact on human-animal relations. She eloquently narrates the chaos and daily life in Constantinopolis (Ottomans call the city Dersaadet, which means the Gate of Felicity) in the 16th century. Şafak centralizes the elephant as a subconcept and focuses on the relationship between the master and apprentice, in other words Mimar Sinan, the most famous architect of the Ottoman Empire and an Indian boy. James Runcie's review at the Independent is worth reading.
Il desiderio di essere come tuttı
Francesco Piccolo impressively sets the tense political era of a country with the mess created by political mistakes. His fictional autobiography starts from the Years of Lead in Italy and continues by focusing on the two most influential political characters of the country during that era and the following years: Enrico Berlinguer and Silvio Berlusconi.
The Strange Library
The Strange Library is a journey of a boy who is curious about the most complex, diverse and controversial tax system of the Ottomans. The shocking adventure starts in the library when he is directed to the Room 107.He’ll be only released after he memorizes three thick books: “The Ottoman Tax System,” “The Diary of an Ottoman Tax Collector” and “Tax Revolts and Their Suppression in the Ottoman-Turkish Empire''
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