Books This Weekend: Much love, suspense and messiness

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New Delhi–Read the tale of a single parent’s quest for love, and understanding; the story of a girl who is confused about giving her ex another chance. Wade through a powerful love story of heartbreak, strength and unconditional love; enjoy the journey of a detective in his new venture; and celebrate the benefits that messiness has in our lives.

The IANS bookshelf, this weekend, offers plenty of romance and other interesting reads.

1. Book: Happily Never after; Author: Jane De Suza; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 272; Price: Rs 299

Tina Raja’s average day involves a houseful of kids, animals, fleas, leaking pipes and sundry relatives. Is this the marriage she signed up for? And anyway, with an absentee husband, can she be certain she’s still married?

Loneliness and bad plumbing aside, her 10-year-old daughter is writing a super-secret diary of her own and her sister is being a dolt as usual. There just might be one silver lining, though: A kissable dentist. Can an often invisible lover trump an always absent husband?

This book is the laugh-out-loud chronicle of Tina’s quest for love, lust and understanding.

did-i-mention2. Book: Did I Mention I Miss You?; Author: Estelle Maskame; Publisher: HarperCollins; Pages: 373; Price: Rs 399

It’s been a year since Eden last spoke to Tyler. After his sudden departure, she left for Chicago for college and found a new boyfriend, who hopefully won’t run when things get tough — like Tyler did. But as school breaks up for the summer, she heads back to Los Angeles. And she’s not the only one with that idea.

Despite their break-up, Tyler is determined to rekindle what they once had. He has restarted his life and wants her in it. Eden is not sure about forgiving him. But when a tragedy draws them together, can Eden search her heart and decide if Tyler is worth the risk once and for all? Read “Did I Mention I Miss You?” to know the interesting tale.

3. Book: Two by Two; Author: Nicholas Sparks; Publisher: Sphere; Pages: 606; Price: Rs 399

Russell Green has it all: A stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expensive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, but underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence fault lines are beginning to appear and no one is more surprised than Russell when he finds that every aspect of a life he took for granted has turned upside down.

In a matter of months, Russell loses his job and his wife. Caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality and throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, he embarks on a journey that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.

4. Book: Remember Death; Author: Ankush Saikia; Publisher: Penguin; Pages: 423; Price: Rs 399

Detective Arjun Arora is to track down an air hostess who has allegedly killed a bar dancer and vanished with a large sum of money. The search for Agnes Pereira leads Arjun on a nationwide hunt. But when their paths finally cross, everything spirals out of control.

From being hunted by a hit man to uncovering a deadly secret, Arora’s life becomes an endless nightmare. Haunted by his personal demons and his growing attraction for the beautiful, mysterious Pereira, Arora realises that sins from the past always cast their shadow over the present. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more terrifying the threat becomes to both of them.

5. Book: Messy; Author: Tim Harford; Publisher: Little, Brown; Pages: 327; Price: Rs 599

Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We all benefit from tidy organisation but the forces of tidiness have marched too far. Corporate middle managers and government bureaucrats have long tended to insist that everything must have a label, a number and a logical place in a logical system. Now that they are armed with computers and serial numbers, there is little to hold this tidy-mindedness in check.

The trouble with tidiness is that, in excess, it becomes rigid, fragile and sterile. In Messy, Tim Harford reveals how qualities we value more than ever — responsiveness, resilience and creativity — simply cannot be disentangled from the messy soil that produces them.



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