Indian-origin American surgeon and author, Atul Gawande as well as historian Ramachandra Guha are among five authors with an Indian connection who figure in the New York Times (NYT) Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2014.
Boston-based Gawande’s “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” which questions the role of modern medicine is listed number two among the non-ficion books.
“It is a meditation on living better with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death,” says the newspaper.
The book, reported to have been picked up by US President Barack Obama during his Thanksgiving shopping recently, also figures in Washington Post’s top 10 books of 2014.
Historian and author Ramachandra’s “Gandhi before India” also finds mention in the NYT book list, which was released today.
“It was as a young lawyer in South Africa that Gandhi forged the philosophy and strategies later put to such effect in India,” says the Times.
Delhi-born Akhil Sharma’s semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life”, which the Times describes as “deeply unnerving and tender at the core” finds place in the Fiction & Poetry section.
The novel, describes the newspaper, “charts a young man’s struggles to grow within a family shattered by tragedy and disoriented by its move from India.”
Indian-American writer Vikram Chandra, a recipient of the 1996 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize book “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty” is included in the list.
“With great subtlety and depth, Chandra, who is both a novelist and a programmer, traces the connections between art and technology,” describes the Times.
“No Good Men Among The Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes” by Anand Gopal, writer and journalist who has reported on the Middle East and South Asia figures in the NYT list.
The book is “a devastating look at how we got Afghanistan wrong.”
Another book in the list “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas” is by American author and columnist Anand Giridharadas.
“Competing visions of the American dream collide in this account of a post-9/11 hate crime and its unlikely reverberations,” says the newspaper.