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Arto's Big Move

Arto's Big Move
Written and illustrated by Monica Arnaldo
Very rarely do we see a story about a kid who loves the cold, snowy North. So, Monica Arnaldo’s book Arto’s Big Move is a refreshing read. The story about a boy called Arto, who has lived his whole life in the North (yeah, six years is a long time), and now gets the news that he has to move to the warm South. Who wants to really want to move to the south where the sun is hot and sweltering, and strange birds are a flutter? The premise itself is interesting.
Grumpy Arto stubbornly refuses to let go of his love for the North, by continuing to wear his big red coat, boots, mittens and hat in the heat of the South. Until, he makes a new friend Ana. Arto realizes the importance of change and starts to appreciate the good things that come when learn to adapt to life. Monica Arnaldo has written a beautiful book that teaches kids a wonderful lesson.

Arto's Big Move

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, d…

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker

Can math be fun? Matt Parker thinks so. Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up. In his new book, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, he shares with us some of his favourite bits of mathematics, complete with hands-on activities. In fact, the thinking goes beyond the book to his website where you will find accompanying information that supplements the book. Math becomes more enjoyable with a slew of downloads, links and online gadgets.If you read something in the book and are disappointed to not find more about it in Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, then Matt Parker also recommends that you send him an email and he’ll try and see what he can do. 
The comedian in him also suggests that if you haven’t brought the book yet, then it’s fine. He recommends getting as much free value from the website as you can…as he puts it, “To be honest, the book is pretty much this website but with the death of more trees.”
I suppose I have yet to ex…

US Conductors by Sean Michaels

US Conductors is only the second debut novel to win the famed Giller Prize. The beautiful, haunting novel is inspired by the true life and loves of the famed Russian scientist, inventor and spy Lev Sergeyevich Termen – creator of the ethereal musical instrument that is played without touch, the Theremin.
I meant to read this book a lot earlier, but the Giller Prize announcement was a constant reminder for me to get my act together. Honestly, I didn’t know much about the story prior to picking it up…and most often I do prefer the element of surprise.
The book starts off from the glamour of the Jazz Age New York to the gulags and science prisons of the Soviet Union. It’s a slow journey of longing and wits. Lev Termen recalls the story of his early years as a scientist, inventing the theremin. The story shifts from countries, climates and emotions, with brilliant fluidity. It reads like a biography, well, a hyper-stylized version of it anyways.
At times, the day-to-day feels emotionally dra…

Books For The Business Executives

These are a few of my fave books for the business folks. Reviews on the blog.

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle)

Books For Those Who Love Canadian Authors

Mãn Hardcover by Kim Thuy
Following on the Giller Prize-nominated and Governor General's Literary Award-winning success of Ru, Kim Thúy's latest novel is a triumph of poetic beauty and a moving meditation on how love and food are inextricably entwined.
Mãn has three mothers: the one who gives birth to her in wartime, the nun who plucks her from a vegetable garden, and her beloved Maman, who becomes a spy to survive.

Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy
Siege 13 is a collection of thirteen linked stories about this terrible time in history, both its historical moment, but also later, as a legacy of silence, haunting, and trauma that shadows the survivors.Set in both Budapest before and after the siege, and in the present day -- in Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe -- Siege 13 traces the ripple effect of this time on characters directly involved, and on their friends, associates, sons, daughters, grandchildren, and adoptive countries.

Books for the Mystery/Suspense Lovers

I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller 
by Terry Hayes
Move over Zero Dark Thirty, and make way for I Am Pilgrim.
In a lot of ways, I Am Pilgrim reads like a movie. The visually captivating story is a thriller that keeps you on your toes, as you delightfully anticipate the tiniest shift in the plotline bringing you closer with solving the mystery. The sheer size of the book is enough to tell you that this is a 3-hour movie waiting to be made.