The Best Foreign Fiction & Non-fiction We Published in April

Creative Quest by Questlove

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Questlove—musician, bandleader, designer, producer, culinary entrepreneur, professor, and all-around cultural omnivore—draws on a lifetime of experience to offer insights into how to build the best creative life, and how to let the best creative life build you. Questlove has worked with or around hundreds of other artists, and engaged in dialogue with them regarding the creative process, whether in person or from an appreciation of their work: musicians like D’Angelo and Björk, filmmakers like Ava DuVernay and Mike Birbiglia, comedians, chefs, designers, writers, and more. In Creative Quest , Questlove synthesizes all the creative lessons and stories he’s collected from these collaborators, mentors, and colleagues, as well as reflecting on his own experience. The result is a guide to the role of creativity in everyday life: where it comes from, where it goes, where it leads you. Whether you’re curious about how to find that initial spark, unsure about how to handle failure (or for that matter, success), or unclear how to keep inspiration alive, Questlove’s sharp, wise, and witty philosophy of creativity displays the candor and enthusiasm that fans have come to expect.

ISBN: 9780062670571 | Paperback | 288 pages | INR 699


A Politics of Love by Marianne Williamson

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America’s story is one of great social achievement. From the Abolitionists who fought to outlaw slavery, to the Suffragettes who championed women’s right to vote, to the Civil Rights proponents who battled segregation and institutionalized white supremacy, to the proponents of the women’s movement and gay rights seeking equality for all, citizens for generations have risen up to fulfill the promise of our nation. Over the course of America’s history, these activists have both embodied and enacted the nation’s deepest values.

Today, America once again is in turmoil. A spiritual cancer of fear threatens to undo the progress we have achieved. Discord and hatred are dissolving our communal bonds and undermining the spirit of social responsibility—the duty we feel toward one another. In this powerful spiritual manifesto, Marianne Williamson offers a tonic for this cultural malignancy. She urges us to imitate the heroes of our past and live out our deepest spiritual commitment: where some have sown hatred, let us now sow love.

Williamson argues that we must do more than respond to external political issues. We must address the deeper, internal causes that have led to this current dysfunction. We need a new, whole-person politics of love that stems not just from the head but from the heart, not just from intellectual understanding but from a genuine affection for one another. By committing to love, we will make a meaningful contribution to the joyful, fierce and disruptive energies that are rising at this critical point in time. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “we must think anew, and act anew . . . and then we shall save our country.”

ISBN: 9780062873934 | Hardback | 240 pages | INR 999


Recipes for Self-Love by Alison Rachel

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In 2016, Amsterdam-based artist Alison Rachel left her successful career in advertising to pursue her passion. She began interviewing other women about the ways in which they survive the world. Synthesizing the knowledge and inspiration she garnered, Alison created the “Recipes for Self-Love” social media feed. Each day, Allison posts an original illustration with a few uplifting words to remind women to nurture and care for themselves.

Recipes for Self-Love  is a collection of her striking images, accompanied by soothing mediations on feminism, intersectionality, self-care, the importance of boundaries, sexuality, anxiety, ritual, beauty, individuality, and self-expression. Designed in her modern, distinctive style and featuring sixty full-color images—all newly designed especially for this book—Recipes for Self-Love  touches on issues vital to women’s lives, including body image, shame, confidence, and the importance of loving yourself as deeply as you love the world.

Profound yet simple in its message, Recipes for Self-Love  is a soulful gift and a glorious celebration that will bolster every woman’s sense of power, beauty, confidence, and strength.

ISBN: 9780062863997 | Hardback | 112 pages | INR 699


Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen

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During the heady years of the tech boom, incorrigibly frank Sophia Young lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric CEO of Treehouse, a studio whose animated films are transforming movies forever. Overnight, Sophia becomes an unlikely nerd whisperer. Whether her success is due to dumb luck, savage assertiveness, insightful finesse (learned by dealing with her irrational Chinese immigrant mother), or a combination of all three, in her rarified position she finds she can truly shine.

As Scott Kraft’s right-hand woman, whip-smart Sophia is in the eye of the storm, sometimes floundering, sometimes nearly losing relationships and her health, but ultimately learning what it means to take charge of her own future the way the men around her do. But when engineer/inventor Andre Stark hires her to run his company’s investor relations, Sophia discovers that the big paycheck and high-status career she’s created for herself may not be worth living in the toxic environment of a boys-club gone bad.

ISBN: 9780062673022 | Paperback | 368 pages | INR 599


The Oracle Year by Charles Soule

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Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to dole out his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

He’s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it’s come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it’s all Will can do to survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.

ISBN: 9780062686640 | Paperback | 432 pages | INR 699


 

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