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Ethan Canin, A Doubter’s Almanac

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Milo Andret is a mathematical genius who grows up in Michigan in the 1950s. In graduate school at Berkeley he works under Hans Borland, then the most famous mathematician in the US. With isolation and effort, he discovers how to harness his remarkable mind.

Sarah Bakewell, At The Existentialist Café

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Bakewell won a National Book Critics Circle award for her innovative 2010 biography How to Live: A Life of Montaigne. Her equally idiosyncratic new At the Existentialist Café takes on the intellectual movements of the 20th Century and the philosophers who shaped them.

Alexander Chee, The Queen Of The Night

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Chee’s enchanting The Queen of the Night is about a legendary 19th Century Paris soprano, inspired by Jenny Lind. Lilliet Berne’s voice was said to “turn arias into spells, hymns into love songs,” writes Chee. She was the gifted daughter of Minnesota settlers who considered her voice a curse.

Marie Ndiaye, Ladivine

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French-born NDiaye has won the Prix Femina, the Prix Goncourt, and has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International prize. The consequences of racial passing are at the core of her moving, ultimately radiant new novel (translated from the French by Jordan Stump).

Paul Goldberg, The Yid

Paul Goldberg, The Yid
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Goldberg’s debut novel opens with a “knock-and-pick” scene set in February 1953 Moscow. Three men in a Black Maria leave the “castle-like gates” of Lubyanka to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, a Red Army veteran and actor for the defunct State Jewish Theatre.

Annette Gordon-Reed And Peter S Onuf, Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs

Annette Gordon-Reed And Peter S Onuf, Most Blessed Of The Patriarchs
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Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Awards for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008). Onuf is a leading Thomas Jefferson scholar. Their ground-breaking reinterpretation of the life and philosophy of Jefferson – the third US president – “explores the roles he played” and the self he fashioned.

Adam Hochschild, Spain In Our Hearts

Adam Hochschild, Spain In Our Hearts
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Hochschild, author of the searing King Leopold’s Ghost, examines the complex political and social aspects of the Spanish Civil War, which began when Francisco Franco led a military uprising against the democratically elected Spanish Republic. He was backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

The Story Behind Buhari’s Two Suvs

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While the famous “wailers” and the “hailers” went back and forth over whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari took $300, 000 in addition to the two SUVs dispatched to him after Boko Haram attacked him in Kaduna, we got some insight into how the SUV story came about in the first place.

Madam Minister Did More Than ‘The Needful’

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It doesn’t matter what you say about her, no fair-minded critic can accuse of this former minister of not knowing how to spread butter on her bread. When she wasn’t busy remodelling the airports – which entailed throwing buckets of paint at collapsing walls – she was busy obtaining exotic bulletproof cars or cutting sweetheart deals with foreign airlines on landing slots.

 

Dasukigate And Politics Of Ailments

Dasukigate And Politics Of Ailments
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By design or default, the still unfolding $2.1bn arms scandal involving former National Security Adviser SamboDasuki has exposed the bizarre side of our elite and their collaborators. Faced with possible trial over alleged stealing, it is amazing how suddenly yesterday's strongmen and strong-women of power and influence have become afflicted by all manners of illnesses.

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