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14 August 2015 (665 words)
City Cycling (John Pucher, Ralph Buehler)
- cycling as everyday urban transport, worldwide
13 August 2015 (701)
Writing and Literacy in Chinese, Korean and Japanese (Taylor, Taylor)
- their scripts and how they are learned and used
30 July 2015 (279)
No One Writes Back (Jang Eun-Jin)
- around Korea with a blind guide-dog
13 July 2015 (1141)
**Geometry Revealed (Marcel Berger)
A Jacob's Ladder to Modern Higher Geometry
30 June 2015 (747)
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

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