The Remarkable Lives of Numbers
A Mathematical Compendium from 1 to 200
For those who have never heard of Keith numbers or Euler bricks but think they sound interesting, Derrick Niederman offers an engrossing miscellany to satisfy the ‘intellectually curious’. He sets out the arithmetic, geometry and stories of every number from 1 to 200: the 20-sided icosahedron, we learn, is the structure within many viruses; and 42, apart from being the answer to everything, was how many boxes Lewis Carroll gave the Baker in The Hunting of the Snark.
After a post-war career slump, Frank Sinatra established himself as an all-time great from the mid 1950s with a string of hit records and notable films. This second volume of James Kaplan’s biography picks up the story the day after Sinatra received an Oscar for his role in From Here to Eternity and describes the entertainer’s prime and later years, discussing his classic recordings and Rat Pack friendships. Off-mint.
Donald Spoto’s much-acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was written some 15 years before the actress’s death and follows her career in film, from child star to international success and the first million dollar pay cheque for a female star, and her complicated and sometimes scandalous private life and relationships. Off-mint.
Acts of Vanishing
One winter evening in Stockholm a cyber-attack triggers a power blackout, including internet and phone services. Similar attacks follow across Europe. A journalist and her daughter struggle to reach her husband, a cyber-security expert who has disappeared but who may be searching for the truth.
The Brutal Telling
A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
Early one Sunday morning in Three Pines, Quebec, an unknown man is found lying dead in the bistro. Investigating the murder, Chief Inspector Gamache uncovers the shameful history of the village as he comes closer to identifying the victim and the terrifying killer.