Great new reads for home or abroad
When a man loves a woman
Hot Chicks with Douchebags
Think male grooming is ruining masculinity? Then revel in this. LA resident Louis found fame with his www.hotchickswithdouchebags.com website, wherein he ridiculed the vain, tousle-haired, six-pack-exposing men who love to pose alongside leggy blondes in nightclubs, beside pools and anywhere else cameras are flashing. Louis’ put-downs are as nasty as they’re funny, and the accompanying shots of good girls with bad guys makes for hypnotic viewing.
Words of war
I Wouldn’t Start from Here
Global war reporting gets a dose of Antipodean pragmatism in this new book from Andrew Mueller. The London-based Aussie foreign correspondent, and music critic, has reported from Iraq, Palestine and Serbia, and his travelogue cuts through the armchair commentary to offer many insightful truths.
New world order
Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman, Anna Barford
The Atlas of the Real World
The varied nature of the modern world is brought to life in these 336 maps, showing everything from straight-forward population, economic and sociological information, through to the amount of toys each country imports. This ideal learning and reference tool shows the world in all its forms, and will probably help you see the planet in a whole new light.
Dr no way!
Elephants on Acid
This highly readable anthology of bizarre 20th-century experiments chronicles the search for such great unanswered questions as “how would an elephant fare on a massive dose of hallucinogens?”, “what does a dog’s soul weigh?”, and “what kind of diet would babies choose for themselves?”.
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
Life hasn’t always been easy for US female comic Chelsea Handler. In her hilarious memoir, she recounts the time she told everyone at school she was shooting a film with Goldie Hawn, and how she started a baby-sitting circle when she was only 12. Think Judy Blume gone bad.
Keeping it in the family
This British-born author’s new novel centres on the secrets that lie at the heart of New York lawyer Joe Litvinoff’s marriage. A staggering revelation causes both his wife and his children to start to question their faith in just about everything, including people, politics and God.