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On The Shelf

Aparna Jain

Like a Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids | HarperCollins | Pages: 240 | Rs. 799

Aparna Jain, leadership coach (Own It: Leadership Lessons from Women Who Do) and a fantastic cook (The Sood Family Cookbook) has come up with a book of pen-­portraits on 56 women who have been game changers. It starts with Sultan Razia and Savitribai Phule and includes Gauri Lankesh and Mary Kom. Written lucidly, it should delight and educate both kids and their parents.

Zarreen Khan

Koi Good News? | HarperCollins | Pages: 384 | Rs. 250

Mona Mathur marries Ramit Deol, and gets a family the size of a long-­running soap opera. It has been four years and they don’t have any child­ren to show. So, everyone in this Pun­­jabi family has only one question for them, the title of the book. It’s pit­­ched as a funny take on the plight of young parents—the tyranny of pregnancy clinics, spying neighbo­urs and family members full of gyan.

Bill Clinton and James Patterson

The President is Missing | Random House | Pages: 528 | Rs. 599

Bill Clinton’s first dip into fiction, along with bestselling author James Patterson (Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls) has all the SOP of a thriller. The hero, President Jonathan Duncan, given some touches of the real Clinton, has to race against time to disarm a deadly computer virus, set out by a shadowy jehadi group. No Capitol Hill intrigue here, more POTUS as Superman.


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