AUTHOR : Graham Moore
PUBLISHER : Random House
PRICE($) : 18
GENRE : Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America - from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian.
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, and the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?
The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society - the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors.
The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal - private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?
In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off.
As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.
AUTHOR : Hope Jahren
PUBLISHER : Knopf
PRICE($) : 26.95
GENRE : Science & Math
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.
Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life - but it is also so much more.
Lab Girl is a book about work, love and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work.
Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
Jahren’s probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. Lab Girl opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be.
AUTHOR : Robin Ha
PUBLISHER : Ten Speed Press
PRICE($) : 19.99
GENRE : Cookbooks, Food & Wine
Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one-to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than sixty traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.
In these playful but exact recipes, you’ll learn how to create everything from mak kimchi (easy kimchi) and bulgogi dupbap (soy garlic beef over rice) to gimbap (seaweed rice rolls) and beyond.