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February 18, 2016
These two ARC’s are for titles recently published that have significant queues. If you missed a chance to check them out and wonder if you should advise someone to join the queue, please claim.
Konnikova, Maria. The Confidence Game.
“It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime.” –Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White City. Think you can’t get conned? Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you . A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists–and the people who fall for their cons over and over again. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen–the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs–are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book. From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.
Lee, Janice Y. K. The Expatriates.
“Raise a glass: The first great book-club novel of 2016 has arrived.” –USA Today, 4/4 stars “A female, funny Henry James in Asia, Janice Y. K. Lee is vividly good on the subject of Americans abroad.” –The New York Times Book Review ” Sex and the City meets Lost in Translation .” –The Skimm Janice Y. K. Lee’s New York Times bestselling debut, The Piano Teacher , was called “immensely satisfying” by People, “intensely readable” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “a rare and exquisite story” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Now, in her long-awaited new novel, Lee explores with devastating poignancy the emotions, identities, and relationships of three very different American women living in the same small expat community in Hong Kong. Mercy, a young Korean American and recent Columbia graduate, is adrift, undone by a terrible incident in her recent past. Hilary, a wealthy housewife, is haunted by her struggle to have a child, something she believes could save her foundering marriage. Meanwhile, Margaret, once a happily married mother of three, questions her maternal identity in the wake of a shattering loss. As each woman struggles with her own demons, their lives collide in ways that have irreversible consequences for them all. Atmospheric, moving, and utterly compelling, The Expatriates confirms Lee as an exceptional talent and one of our keenest observers of women’s inner lives.