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Top Ten Books This Week -May 15, 2017
Top fiction and non-fiction works of this week | By Yentha
On May 15, 2017

 

Non Fiction
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1.Brian Christian :Algorithms To Live by :The Computer Science of Human Design :Rs 499.00

A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives.What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime?Exploring how insights from computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, ‘Algorithms To Live By’ helps to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind. When should you switch between different tasks and how many tasks should you take on in the first place? How much messiness should you accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favourites is the most fulfilling? When computers face constraints of time and space, they too must untangle very human questions: how to have better hunches, when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. And the solutions they’ve found have much to teach us.Acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the algorithms developed for computers can be applied from finding your spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing your inbox to understanding the workings of memory. Where you have a dilemma, they have a rule and each fascinating algorithm turns the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

2.Edward O Thorp :A Man for All Markets :Beating the Odds , From Las Vegas to Wall Street :Rs 550.00

Card-counting mathematics professor - Tech inventor - Hedge fund heavyweight - Bestselling author - a scarcely imaginable tale of ludicrous success.Edward O. Thorp rose up from nothing to become a professor at MIT, invented card counting and proceeded to beat the dealers of Las Vegas at blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Having brushed shoulders with casino mobsters and survived, he shared his secrets with the world, launching a gambling renaissance. His next stop was Wall Street, where he used statistical techniques to identify and exploit pricing anomalies in the securities markets, ushering in a stock market revolution and becoming the first of the great quantitative investors. In a remarkable career, Thorp attracted the attention of the legendary Warren Buffet, detected the Bernie Madoff scheme, invented the world's first wearable computer and amassed a significant personal fortune. Now Thorp shares his incredible life story for the first time, revealing how he made his money and giving advice to the next generation of investors. An intellectual thrill ride, replete with practical wisdom, a Man for All Markets reveals the power of logic in a seemingly irrational world.

3.Lawrence Levy :To Pixar and Beyond : Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History :Rs 350.00

One day in November 1994, Lawrence Levy received a phone call out of the blue from Steve Jobs, whom he'd never met, offering him a job running Pixar, a little-known company that had already lost Jobs $50 million. With Pixar's prospects looking bleak, it was with some trepidation that Levy accepted the position. After a few weeks he discovered that the situation was even worse than he'd imagined.Pixar's advertising division just about broke even, its graphics software had few customers, its short films didn't make any money and, on top of all that, Jobs was pushing to take the company public. Everything was riding on the studio's first feature film, codenamed Toy Story and even then it would have to be one of the most successful animated features of all time.Full of wisdom on bringing business and creativity together and recounting the touching story of Levy's enduring friendship with Jobs, to Pixar and Beyond is a fascinating insider's account of one of Hollywood's greatest success stories.

4.David Enrich :The Spider Network :The Wild Story of A Maths Genius a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History :Rs 699.00

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated administrators and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it fractions of a percent to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that included a prickly French trader nicknamed “Gollum”; the broker “Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a nervous Kazakh chicken farmer known as “Derka Derka”; a broker known as “Village” (short for “Village Idiot”) who racked up huge expense account bills; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose” who had once been a semi-professional boxer. This group generated incredible riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.With exclusive access to key characters and evidence, the Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but also a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout.

5.Steven Johnson :Wonderland :How Play Made the Modern World :Rs 650.00

Steven Johnson, international bestselling expert on innovation and technology, shows us how much of the modern world has been shaped by the pursuit of fun.What connects Paleolithic bone flutes to the invention of computer software? Or the Murex sea snail to the death of the great American city? How does the bag of crisps you hold in your hand help tell the story of humanity itself? In his brilliant new work on the history of innovation, international bestseller Steven Johnson argues that if you want to understand the world today, you have to understand play and delight. A staggering amount of the landscape of modern life is populated by environments and technology designed to entertain and delight us and the pursuit of novelty and wonder continues to be a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change.Most history books don't concern themselves with play and delight. History is the serious business of war, treaties, governments and monarchs; it is imagined as a battle for survival, for power, for freedom, for wealth. Wonderland is a different kind of history book. Throughout history, Johnson locates the cutting-edge of innovation wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. He introduces us to the colourful innovators of leisure: The explorers, proprietors, showmen and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables and magic shows.Everyone knows the old saying 'necessity is the mother of invention', but if you carry out a paternity test on many of the modern world's most important ideas or institutions, you will find, invariably, that leisure and play were involved in their conception as well.

Fiction
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1. Cecelia Ahern :Perfect :Rs 350.00

The thrilling, shocking and romantic sequel to the bestselling young adult debut Flawed is finally here. When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become Perfect.Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone.Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?

2. Anuja Chauhan :Baaz :Rs 399.00

1971. The USSR-backed India-Mukti Bahini alliance is on the brink of war against the America-aided Pakistani forces. As the Cold War threatens to turn red hot, handsome, laughing Ishaan Faujdaar, a farm boy from Chakkahera, Haryana, is elated to be in the IAF, flying the Gnat, a tiny fighter plane nicknamed ‘Sabre Slayer’ for the devastation it has wrecked in the ranks of Pakistan’s F-86 Sabre Squadrons. Flanked by his buddies Raks, a MiG-21 Fighter, Maddy, a transport pilot who flies a Caribou and fellow Gnatties Jana, Gana and Mana, Shaanu has nothing on his mind but glory and adventure – until he encounters Tehmina Dadyseth, famed bathing beauty and sister of a dead fauji, who makes him question the very concept of nationalism and whose eyes fill with disillusioned scorn whenever people wax eloquent about patriotism and war… Pulsating with love, laughter and courage, Baaz is Anuja Chauhan's tribute to our men in uniform.

3. Kanae Minato :Penance :Rs 499.00

When a group of young girls are approached by a stranger, they cannot know that the encounter will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Hours later, Emily is dead. The surviving girls alone can identify the killer. But not one of them remembers his face. Driven mad by grief, the victim's mother demands the girls find the murderer or else atone for their crimes. If they do neither, she will have her revenge. She will make them pay. From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions, Penance is a dark and disturbing tale of revenge that will leave you reeling.

​4. Haward Jacobson :Puzzy A Novel :Rs 599.00

Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero and fantasizing about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again?

5. Malin Persson Giolito :Quick Sand :Rs 699.00​

There could be two sides to Maja Norberg that shift silently like quicksand: the question is, which one do you believe? Is Maja a normal 18-year-old, the poster girl next door, popular and excelling at her schoolwork, caught in the middle of a terrible tragedy? Or, is she the most reviled teenager in the country? Either way, everyone knows her name. She has spent nine excruciating months in jail, awaiting trial for a mass murder that killed her boyfriend and her best friend and now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. What did she do? Or is it what she didn’t do that brought her here? Is Maja a cold-blooded murderer or is she just a girl who has lost her way and, as a consequence, now lost the ones she loved?
 
 
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