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On The Shelf

Planning to update your bookshelf? Here’s a list of new books up for grabs.

On The Shelf

Colson Whitehead

Apex Hides the Hurt | Hachette

Whitehead’s sensational The Underground Railroad, on the slave trade, won him the Pulitzer. Here, he lightens up considerably, plotting a satirical novel about a town going for a name change and how marketing and sales agents take over. It is the about times we live in where everything is up for sale, where it’s all about branding and packaging, the product be damned.

Rishi Piparaiya

Job be Damned | HarperCollins

This book is all about being the very best you can be—at being ave­rage. The author of the air travel cheat-sheet Aisle be Damned imp­lores us to focus on elbowing our way through the massed ranks of corporate mediocrity in this jobs-oriented sequel. Tips on CV inflation, brown-nosing and lowering expectations abound, all in quite breezy, humorous prose.

Lois Pryce

Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran | Hachette

A land of choleric Ayatollahs shaking their fists at the Little Satan or a hospitable country of poetry and gardens and wine? After receiving a note from an Iranian disgruntled by his country’s portrayal in the West, British journalist and travel writer Lois Pryce set out on a moto­rcycle journey across Iran to see for herself—and produced this gem of a book.


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