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My Name Is Will:
A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare
Jess Winfield
2009, Hachette, pp 302, Rs 550

Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is not living up to his name. It’s 1986, and instead of finishing his thesis on the Bard, this grad student is busy saying yes to drugs. Meanwhile (or back in 1582) would-be-playwright William Shakespeare is an 18-year-old Latin teacher whose world is turned upside down. What happens when Willie’s and William’s lives intertwine?

Beethoven and Friends
Kishore Chatterjee
Niyogi Books, 2009, pp 287

The book presents the history of Western classical music through the unusual stories of the many lives that shaped it. The author addresses many questions — What is the fate of Western classical music today, when was opera as a musical composition born, how did the 20th century impact Western classical music and so on.

How To Be a Hepburn in A Hilton World:
The Art of Living with Style, Class and Grace Jordan Christy
Hachette, 2009, pp 196, $ 16.99

In a society driven by celebutante news and MySpace profiles, women of class, style and charm are hard to come by. This book offers a new look at seemingly ‘old-fashioned’ advice. The author shows modern women how they can be beautiful, intelligent ans fun while retaining values and morals.

The Thread of God in My Life:
An Autobiography With a Difference
R M Lala
Penguin, 2009, pp 194, Rs 399

The book is informed throughout by the author’s deep and enduring faith in God, a strength of belief which has supported him through two serious illnesses, healed a broken marriage, taken him from financial adversity to financial security and guided him through four careers over two continents.

Out of The Box:
Watching The Game We Love
Harsha Bhogle
Penguin Viking, 2009, pp 275, Rs 450

This book brings together India’s first non-playing cricket celebrity Bhogle’s very best writings, a book that will be a veritable delight for any cricket fan. As he follows India’s fortunes on the cricket field at home and overseas, he explores the question, can India reall be number one in all three forms of the game?

We Are Not in Pakistan
Shauna Singh Baldwin
Rupa & Co, 2009, pp 266, Rs 295

Why should the very things we share create such distance between us? The 10 stories in this collection illuminate a paradox: love and fear draw us together, yet drive us to extremes of seperation. Eliciting amusement, curiosity and wonder mingled with sadness for a post 9/11 world, the author lures us toward the displaced men, women and other animals who populate these stories.

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