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30 June 2015 (747 words)
Tundra-Taiga Biology (R.M.M. Crawford)
Human, Plant, and Animal Survival in the Arctic
29 June 2015 (644)
GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History (Diane Coyle)
- changing definitions and applications
22 June 2015 (368)
Descent (Dovid Bergelson)
- a modernist shtetl novel
4 June 2015 (400)
Gamma (Julian Havil)
Exploring Euler's Constant
1 June 2015 (698)
Trans-Saharan Africa in World History (Ralph A. Austen)
- Maghreb, Sudan and Sahara; Islam, empires and trade
20 May 2015 (746)
Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Fastovsky, Weishampel)
- an accessible overview of dinosaur systematics + biology
11 May 2015 (763)
The University of Oxford (G.R. Evans)
A New History
11 May 2015 (364)
Lud-in-the-Mist (Hope Mirrlees)
- a striking fantasy novel from 1926
31 March 2015 (424)
Stonedial (George Konrád)
- a multi-faceted novel wound around modern Hungarian history
26 March 2015 (691)
The Prism of Grammar (Tom Roeper)
How Child Language Illuminates Humanism
17 March 2015 (267)
In Red (Magdalena Tulli)
- love, commerce and war in an imaginary Polish town
9 March 2015 (1335)
A History of the Peoples of Siberia (James Forsyth)
Russia's North Asian Colony 1581-1990
Siberia: A History of the People (Janet M. Hartley)
- settlers and soldiers; exiles and explorers
9 March 2015 (835)
Once Upon a Time (Marina Warner)
A Short History of Fairy Tale
26 February 2015 (887)
The Formation of Islam (Jonathan Berkey)
Religion and Society in the Near East, 600-1800
18 February 2015 (485)
The Red Room: Stories of Trauma in Contemporary Korea (Fulton, Fulton)
- stories by Pak Wan-so, O Chong-hui and Im Ch'or-u
2 February 2015 (391)
Emil and the Detectives (Erich Kästner)
- children bring a thief to justice in Berlin in 1929
20 January 2015 (373)
Anna Edes (Dezso Kosztolanyi)
- a tragicomic indictment of bourgeois morality
12 January 2015 (753)
Count Like An Egyptian (David Reimer)
A Hands-On Introduction to Ancient Mathematics
23 December 2014 (245)
*Train to Pakistan (Khushwant Singh)
- one of the classic novels of Partition
22 December 2014 (205)
*Balinese Gamelan Music (Michael Tenzer)
- accessible ethnomusicology
8 December 2014 (399)
Our Lady of the Nile (Scholastique Mukasonga)
- racial tensions mount in a Rwandan girls' school
1 December 2014 (976)
*Princeton Primers in Climate (David Archer)
- carbon, clouds, oceans, ice, paleoclimate, planets, ecosystems
25 November 2014 (517)
The Story of Art (E.H. Gombrich)
- the classic history of Western art
19 November 2014 (260)
The Master of Go (Yasunari Kawabata)
- individual and social tensions in a single game
17 November 2014 (681)
*Infrastructure (Brian Hayes)
A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape
Britain From Above (Ian Harrison)
- aerial imaging of landscapes and infrastructure
10 November 2014 (834)
Words on Fire (Dovid Katz)
The Unfinished Story of Yiddish
3 November 2014 (680)
Pheromones and Animal Behavior (Tristram D. Wyatt)
Chemical Signals and Signatures
3 November 2014 (216)
My Son's Girlfriend (Jung Mi-Kyung)
- seven stories from contemporary Korea
27 October 2014 (936)
The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (Richard Overy)
- strategic air power in the Second World War
7 October 2014 (561)
The Inspector Barlach Mysteries (Friedrich Dürrenmatt)
The Judge and His Hangman + Suspicion
1 October 2014 (601)
A History of Korea (Kyung Moon Hwang)
- in thematic chapters centred on key episodes
29 September 2014 (268)
Let It Be Morning (Sayed Kashua)
- everyday life confronts geopolitics in an Arab Israeli village
22 September 2014 (712)
Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae (Bernard McGinn)
A Biography
17 September 2014 (551)
Spoken Like a Woman (Laura McClure)
Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama
15 September 2014 (403)
*The Expedition to the Baobab Tree (Wilma Stockenström)
- a slave woman survives a doomed expedition into the interior
3 September 2014 (308)
Paradise of the Blind (Duong Thu Huong)
- growing up in a Vietnamese family riven by politics
25 August 2014 (386)
Colliding Continents (Mike Searle)
A Geological Exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet
18 August 2014 (771)
The Untold History of the Potato (John Reader)
- social history, agriculture + science
11 August 2014 (529)
Two Cheers for Anarchism (James C. Scott)
Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
11 August 2014 (271)
*Modern Korean Fiction: An Anthology (Bruce Fulton, Youngmin Kwon)
- a superb introduction to 20th century Korean literature
10 August 2014 (111)
The House of Silk (Anthony Horowitz)
The New Sherlock Holmes Novel
17 July 2014 (330)
French Literature (John D. Lyons)
A Very Short Introduction

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