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5 Books to Skim Through This Week

Thu 13 Feb 2020 | 01:48 PM
Ahmed Yasser

You still have plenty of time to start reading good and entertaining books . There are 5 books through this week. there are plenty of highly-anticipated releases on the way.

1- Goodbye Freddie

Nadia Akbar’s novel, set in Pakistan, narrates the stories of the youth, as they grow up in a society ripe with corruption, volatile politics and gender bias.

Nida and Bugsy are two such teenagers whose lives get entangled when they meet at a party. After her brother’s death, Nida has grown estranged from her family and chooses to spend her days smoking one joint after another.

Bugsy is trying to harmonize rock music into the music scene in Lahore, a place that is still clinging to the tunes from years gone by.

 Goodbye Freddie


2- Transcription Novel

In this inventive thriller, a naïve young secretary lands in the middle of a clandestine fifth column operation run by “MI5” in World War II, London, where she is recruited to transcribe the recorded meetings of Nazi sympathizers.

“Atkinson’s” use of comedy in the first half of the novel is unexpected and inspired and when the heroine is assigned her own false identity and charged with befriending a middle aged woman who is a Nazi sympathizer, the humor tilts toward the madcap.

Transcription Novel

3- The Fifth Risk

In ”Fifth Risk” a look at the state of crucial government agencies under the Trump administration

The Fifth Risk, by Michael Lewis. He has a reputation for taking fairly arcane subjects high finance, sovereign debt, baseball statistics, behavioral economics and making them not just accessible but entertaining.

The Fifth Risk

4- Winners Take all

“Winners Take all” by Anand Giridharadas. He examines the worlds of Davos and Aspen, where an elite intent on “changing the world” hang out emerging with a quietly scathing report on how little they actually do to make a difference when it comes to the big structural problems.


Winners Take all

5- The Husband Hunters

” Husband Hunters, American Heiresses Who Married Into the British Aristocracy”, by Anne de Courcy between 1870 and 1914, hundreds of cosseted young American women moved to Europe and turned control of their fortunes over to the impoverished British aristocrats they married.

De Courcy’s makes a persuasive case that a prime driver in the American heiress exodus was escape from the savage competitiveness of Gilded Age society in the capital of status, New York.

The Husband Hunters