The Reading List: 4 Great Books for January
Round out your January reading list with these new releases.
The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova
If you’re hoping to fool unwitting victims, it helps to have an outsized sense of self-assurance. That’s one of the many qualities shared by the gallery of rogues in The Confidence Game, a gripping examination of what motivates successful swindlers. Author Maria Konnikova, a journalist with a PhD in psychology, is fascinated by unusual minds-her previous book aimed to get readers thinking like Sherlock Holmes. Here, she neatly dissects the anatomy of an effective con.
The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy
Perched midway between fantasy and urban-nature reportage, this debut novel from Nilanjana Roy imagines the internecine workings of a complex thriving community of feral cats in Delhi, India. It’s part Watership Down and part Slumdog Millionaire-and entirely mesmerizing.
The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Framed as a bracing he-said-she-said, this book by one of Morocco’s most lauded novelists tells the story of a fraught relationship: a husband struggling to recover from a stroke and his increasingly empowered wife.
Neurologic by Eliezer Sternberg
In Neurologic, Eliezer Sternberg (a real-life neurologist at Yale-New Haven Hospital) explores whether our most erratic, idiosyncratic, irrational actions have a root in the chemistry and mechanics of our brains.
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