This is one of those most awaited books that did not disappoint. Michelle Obama became the first first lady who was not a descendant of wealthy bankers, merchants or judges. That’s why the description of her childhood is a perfect tour of everyday African-American life of the 20th century. It is full of Chicago insider stories and anecdotes. “Becoming” is also a love book – a love story of two opposites, somebody who is always structured, organised, achieves all goals and comes on time; and somebody who is visionary, has no material interests and comes late even on his first workday to the office. Guess who is who in this relationship. Michelle describes her willingness to be the best and achieve more. From high school to Harvard Law School and the White House, she keeps asking herself “Am I good enough?”
“The fifth risk” by Michael Lewis
This book is both a typical “Michael Lewis” book and at the same time, it is quite different from what we expect from him. The heroes of his new book are federal bureaucrats. John MacWilliams is a classic Lewis Character – a former investment banker who is obsessed with risk assessment. His job is to analyse 5 most terrifying global risks. While the first 4 are quite predictable – North Korea, Iran, protecting the electric grid from cyberterrorism, the most important risk is a surprise – it is “program management”. Lewis defines it as “the risk a society runs when it falls into the habit of responding to long-term risks with short-term solutions. It is the innovation that never occurs and the knowledge that is never created”.
It is a comedic philosophy book in which the authors investigate what it means to date men in a modern society. It offers its readers all dating advice they would need for entering a relationship with men. Chapters like “real Interviews with men about whether or not it was a date” offer insights that are often ironic.
Maria Popova studies lives of various historical figures in an attempt to answer the question of purpose in life, complexities of love and search for truth. Her featured heroes Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Johannes Kepler try to answer the same question – what it means to live a good life.
This is probably the most feared book expected in May 2019. Award-winning journalist Katherine Eban reveals an important truth about generic drugs, their manufacturing process and how they put global health at risk. The book is a result of a decade-long investigation in the world of pharmaceuticals, fraud, fooled inspectors and huge money.