The National's bookshelf - January 25
January 25, 2013
A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity | David Liitschwager | University of Chicago Press This aptly named book of photographs measures about 30cm by 30cm and weighs over two kilograms but contains immeasurable beauty and an infinitely valu???
Detroit City Is the Place To Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis | Mark Binelli | Metropolitan Books Mark Binelli, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, was not the only enterprising reporter to migrate to Detroit in the wake ???
The Investigation | Philippe Claudel | MacLehose Press The French author Philippe Claudel's newly translated novel is a dark fable that is as entertaining as it is disturbing.
Thinking in Numbers | Daniel Tammet | Hodder & Stoughton Daniel Tammet, the British author and autistic savant, follows up his first two books with Thinking in Numbers, a collection of essays about "how maths illuminates our lives".
Motherland | William Nicholson | Simon and Schuster William Nicholson’s novel about five people who meet in England during the Second World War just before the battle of Dieppe suffers from a predictable plot and leaden characters, writes Deborah Linds???
The Racketeer | John Grisham | Double Day The Racketeer works as another ripping read (and probably another blockbuster film) due to Grisham's tight plotting.
Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks | Jenny White | Princeton University Press Though likely to disappoint ascendant Arab Islamists, this idea of a personal Muslimhood, free from state oversight, is at the centre of Turkish life today. It's also the foc???