The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within. – William C. Bryant.
With the magical touch of an “arriving shortly” Spring imparting a new lease of life to everything around us, it’s time to pick up some fresh new books for our bookshelves. With so many new releases lined up, shortlisting good books to read is not an easy task though; we’ve however handpicked the best three of these freshly minted Spring releases.
1. Rodin’s Lover by Heather Webb
Auguste Rodin is a big name for artists and non artists alike. One of the greatest French sculptors of all time, Rodin who’s aptly considered the pioneer of modern sculpture, had tons and tons of biographical novels written about him. Although, most of these books mention the name of Camille Claudel and she even has a flippant Wikipedia page devoted to her, very few books have been dedicated solely to this remarkable woman. Although she’s most popularly known as Rodin’s lover (who presumably couldn’t handle her break up with the artist well and ended up in a mental asylum forsaken by even her blood family), she’s rarely mentioned as an independent and exceptionally talented artist of her own accord. An era when women’s lives revolved only and solely around homemaking and childbearing, opting to be a sculptor would have been really unusual and needed not only talent but also a lot of courage and determination. A passionate lover, an ambitious sculptor, an early feminist, and a sensitive woman: Camille deserves to have her story told to all modern day readers.
2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Teenage depression and suicidal thoughts aren’t entirely unexpected in a young girl whose father has been held for committing the gravest of all crimes: MURDER. But will the 16 year old Aysel succumb to her inner dark thoughts and end her life or will she be strong enough to gather enough courage to crawl out of this depression: that’s the question. A unique tale about relationships, depression, and the struggle to win over all those dark corners of your heart, this book is definitely worth a read.
3. A King Jong-II Production by Paul Fischer
Have you watched the Seth Rogen starrer hilarious movie “The Interview” ? Then you would surely remember the North Korean Supreme (dictator): irritating but hopelessly ridiculous, right ? If you’re thinking all he ran were those fake grocery stores, you can’t be more wrong ! This is one true story about a film production company…yeah, you heard me right, A FILM PRODUCTION COMPANY (actually a propaganda studio) that King Jong-II ran and the bizarre series of events where he kidnapped a South Korean actress and her producer ex to make and star in movies as per the Supreme’s dictates. With yet another dramatic plot, suitable to be made into yet another amazing movie, this book deserves to find room in your bookshelf ASAP.