Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.
'Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America...' So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out.
Helps entrepreneurs, business and economics students, and professional investors understand Internet trends and innovations by exploring how and why people use the Internet to shop, sell, and search.
Draws on interviews with people from twelve African nations, including warlords, industry executives, activists, missionaries, oil-rig workers, scientists, and ordinary people, to analyze the political, economic, social, and cultural effects of the African oil boom on everyday life in the region. Reprint.
The award-winning food writer describes her 1970 move to Provence, her adventures and experiences of Proven‡al cuisine, her development into a renowned food writer and cooking teacher, and the daily rhythms of life in southern France and the celebration of living according to the cycles of food and nature. Reprint.
Two distinguished psychologists look at the role of self-justification in human life, explaining how and why we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility and restore our belief in our intelligence, moral rectitude, and correctness; assess the potential repercussions of such a course of action; and reveal how it can be overcome. Reprint.
A study of Earth's atmosphere traces a journey of scientific discovery, from the Renaissance scientist who realized that we live at the bottom of a dense ocean of air, to a well-meaning inventor who nearly destroys the ozone layer.
A collection edited by the best-selling author of
Looks at the life of Dutch painter Hans Van Meegeren, who emerges as an ingenious, dyed-in-the-wool crook who plied the forger's trade far longer than he ever admitted in a detailed story of deceit in the art world.
Masterfully brings to life a profoundly exotic yet utterly recognizable family in the midst of social upheaval in an evocative story that spans the lifetime of one woman in a Brahmin household from 1896 through 1962, in a novel inspired by the author's grandmother's stories. Reprint
An award-winning environmental journalist edits a collection of the finest science and nature writing, including contributions from Sue Halpern, Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, Nicholas Carr, and others. Original.
Chronicles the lifelong friendship and rivalry between Feliu Delargo, a Catalan cellist, and eccentric piano prodigy Justo Al-Cerraz, a relationship that is dramatically transformed by the arrival in their lives of Aviva, an Italian violinist with a haunted past.