Our selection of ebook releases (3/8/2013)

by Lara

We interviewed two authors this week: Jenni Fagan and Gerbrand Bakker.

Jenni Fagan is a Scottish writer and poet based in Edinburgh who received numerous literary awards for her fiction.

“The dehumanising effects of institutionalisation are evident in the lives of all the characters in this book”

Read our interview of Jenni Fagan

Gerbrand Bakker is a Dutch writer. He won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010 for his novel The Twin. Ten White Geese is his second novel.

“A lot of background information is sometimes just noise; it’s immaterial for the unfolding of the story”

Read our interview of Gerbrand Bakker

Today is International Women’s Day. For this occasion, we made a little selection of eight books we particularly like, both fiction and non-fiction, classic (such as Betty Friedman’s The Feminine Mystique) or contemporary (such as Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman). You can discover the full list here.

In our weekly picks, you’ll find the beautiful debut novel of Irish author Gavin Corbett, This is The Way, said to be “a memorable work from a gifted writer whose next moves we should await with very keen interest”, according to The Guardian. You’ll also find in our selection what could be a self-help book but actually is not: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, the second novel of Mohsin Hamid, an “astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon”. Finally, if there is a special place in your bookshelf for Joyce Carol Oates, you’ll be delighted to know that she delivered another masterwork on the verge of a supernatural tale, The Accursed.

In the Non-Fiction department, we suggest these three very different releases: How I Became Latina, the memoir of Dominican writer Raquel Cepeda about her origins and what it means to be a Latina nowadays in America; Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O’Connor, whose goal is to give you a different outlook on the mighty Supreme Court; and Cheers, America: How an Englishman Learned to Love America by Justin Webb, a humorous account of an British BBC editor in the United States.