The subtitle does not lie: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars. Faleiro chronicles that world through the experience of 19-year-old exotic dancer Leela, who seems more like Faleiro’s close friend than a reporting subject, and the Bombay club scene bears upon you as if it were your own neighborhood.
The story of Colt’s relationship with his three brothers—the adored Harry, the emo Ned, the troubled Mark—is woven around entertaining anecdotes of famous siblings like Edwin and John Wilkes Booth and Theo and Vincent van Gogh. A perfect gimmick that makes this book even livelier than The Big House.
A book to keep at your side as you cook. Consider the fork. It’s a piercing, sharp weapon associated with the Devil. How did this unlikely tool become the West’s most popular and indispensable utensil? Wilson serves up brisk histories of everything you use in the kitchen.
The first book in 25 years by MacArthur-winning historian Limerick is an entertaining history of the Denver Water Board. (Stealing, even stealing water, is always good copy.) Best of all, this deftly wrought history banishes our complacency about where water originates.
In this coming-of-age novel about a tenacious teen boy with a nose for trouble, Petterson, author of the critically acclaimed sleeper hit Out Stealing Horses, tells his story in sentences so full of momentum that they insist on being read.
Most books about the Internet tell us how it’s ruining our minds and social lives, but Blum does something far more interesting and ambitious: he sets out to figure out how it actually physically works. He follows all the cables and cords that crisscross our oceans and our floors.
It may seem strange in the midst of economic turmoil to urge readers to spend time with the last Russian aristocrats as they watched their palaces sacked and their family members hunted down by Stalin. But Smith tells a mesmerizing tale of how glamorous toffs figured out how to survive.
Two years ago Dutch-Jewish writer and psycho-analyst Keilson was discovered by the English-speaking world at the age of 101 for novels he wrote decades before. Now his first novel—an autobiographical story set in Germany after World War I—has been gloriously translated. There will sadly be no more of his fine prose as he died last year.
The scariest book you’ll read this year. Science journalist Quammen explores the nastiest, most virulent diseases on earth—and says that more are likely to emerge as humans encroach further on the animal world, and viruses jump species from them to us.
How do you end a war? A peace treaty often means nothing for the millions displaced, injured, and seeking revenge, as Lowe brilliantly shows in his history of ravaged Europe after the end of World War II. The relative success of the European Union seems all the more remarkable in light of what he describes.
Amidst the U.S.’s election-year demagoguery against China, Dolin’s engaging history of the origins of trade between the two countries proves that we’ve been making insane amounts off China for centuries—and that the growth of American capitalism is inextricable from the East.