The middle of winter is always a good time for introspection and this issue of The BookBrowse Review features books that ask the larger questions: Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin wonderfully explores our place in the universe in his new non-fiction book The Universe Within while in The World Until Yesterday, popular paleontologist Jared Diamond reminds us that there is much we can learn from ancient societies. Also in this issue's non-fiction selection is The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman's fascinating look into self-help guides and an exploration of alternate ways of achieving happiness.
Even as it encourages readers to explore questions of freedom and choice, Jojo Moyes' second novel Me Before You manages to be both serious and whimsical at the same time. Lydia Millet's beautiful novel, Magnificence, the third in a trilogy, shines a role on exactly how much ability we have to shape our lives.
Don't miss our paperback features which include a paperback original by Nigerian author Sefi Atta who addresses the immigrant's sense of displacement in her intriguing novel, A Bit of Difference. Over the years, the Nobel buzz around Japanese author Haruki Murakami has been steadily building, so now might be a good time to check out his latest nearly-impossible-to-classify novel, 1Q84, which is out in paperback.
Finally, if you're curious about what's coming up on the horizon, check out our previews of soon-to-be-published books.
The sixteen diverse books we feature in this issue of BookBrowse are sure to satisfy your reading mood--from the contemplative and serious to the downright whimsical and playful.
Happy reading and thank you!
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