Read these Award-Winning Short Stories by Alice Munro

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Canadian writer Alice Munro has been praised the world over for her remarkable and thought-provoking stories. She is both the recipient of the Man Booker International Prize and the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature in 2013, among several others.

“She writes with a beautiful clarity, an elemental humanity and a marvelous, limpid, funny apprehension of what goes on.”

-Sunday Telegraph

Immerse yourself in these rich, unflinching narratives with believable characters and  unforgettable settings. Alice Munro’s writing will not disappoint. Get your hands on these bestselling titles now.

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A Literary Bouquet for Mothers!

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast on 8th May and if you’re looking for a perfect gift here are our picks for this special lady.

Show her how much you love her with these thoughtful gifts we’ve picked for her that are guaranteed to bring on a smile. Indulge mom further by bringing her to the Chapters Book Club meet up where we will be discussing work of the famous Bard “Shakespeare for grown-ups: Everything you need to know about the bard (Coats & Foley)” with Dr Devika Brendon.  Take a seat with mom and enjoy a pleasant evening at Chapters – coffee, books and great conversation is guaranteed to make a perfect evening.

  •  Listen to Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now by Ann Imig

We all need a pick-me-up sometimes and this hardcover hilarious book of essays does just the job. The book is a compilation of personal thought-provoking essays on motherhood and maternal love.

“Listen to Your Mother is a fantastic awakening of why our mothers are important, taking readers on a journey through motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humour.”

The stories in the book cover such different aspects of motherhood- from special needs parenting, LGBT, step-parenting, surrogacy, foster parenting and the list goes on. Notable bestselling authors Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner are also among the contributors of this enthralling compilation.

“Brimming with essays from quick-witted, unique writers—ranging from new voices to established ones like Jenny Lawson and Jennifer Weiner—this book covers all parenting territory. Part of it is funny and a lot of it is tear-jerking… You may find yourself staying up way past your bedtime because this one is so hard to put down.”

Parents magazine

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  • Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

This amazing storyteller of an author may sound familiar for those who attended the Fairway Galle Literary Festival earlier this year. Anuradha25448677 Roy was the winner of the 2015 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Sleeping on Jupiter. The book is bound to suit reading enthusiasts of 21st century Asian literature and cultural fiction, among other genres. Sleeping on Jupiter received rave reviews from readers across the globe and has received critical acclaim from other contemporaries.

Readers can get an abundant view of modern day India and the relationships as well as religion and love that bind them together. The book is also highly recommended for those who are open to any genre, which in this case, is the ideal pick, owing to the authors fresh narrative and unique talent.

Read the original book description here.

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  • The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore

19876015This book beautifully portrays the peerless relation between mothers and daughters. Brimming with emotion, The Beekeeper’s Daughter shifts between two time zones, that of 1932 England and 1973 Massachusetts.

This simple women’s fiction novel, being devoid of complicated details and numerous characters, is the ideal gift for mother’s who deserve some time apart from everyday stress. Santa Montefiore excels in creating a  rather impressive plot line that shows how far we’d go to find true love and the relationships that bind us, regardless of time and place.

“because in spite of the most terrible suffering, the heart goes on loving; that is the beauty of love.”

Tip: The ending will leave you with a good deal of emotion. Highly recommended for readers of contemporary and romantic fiction.

For full book description, click here.

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  • This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

(Featuring cover artwork from the major motion picture starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Adam Driver)

20821338This book made us laugh out loud! The author of Everything Changes made headlines with this high spirited and entertaining novel of family, love marriage and divorce.

“The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit Shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she’s pregnant.”

“It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.”


“Often sidesplitting, mostly heartbreaking…[Tropper is] a more sincere, insightful version of Nick Hornby, that other master of male psyche.” USA Today


This is Where I Leave You is a must read for anyone looking for a laugh!

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  • My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

    This powerful novel by award winning author Elizabeth Strout is one of those novels every book lover must own! My Name is Lucy Barton received much praise, being the April pick for our book club launch on April 3rd. This moving story between Lucy and her mother will make you question the unimaginable. Strout’s insight and powerful writing form the backbone of this literary masterpiece.

“It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it’s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.”


Dr. Devika Brendon who leads our book club had this to say:

“Reading the book is like listening to Lucy Barton speak to you, like watching a person put a puzzle together, seeing how the pieces fit and arranging them in a way that makes sense to her at last. A tough, moving & realistic story told in the first person, about the need to survive when love is not there to rescue you.”


“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Marion Winik, Newsday


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  • Rosa’s Thai Café- The Cookbook

Rosa's Thai Cafe: The CookbookBook Synopsis- In keeping with the contemporary twist on authentic Thai cuisine “Rosa’s Thai Café The Cookbook” celebrates traditional Thai cooking techniques. The book features over 100 recipes, including dishes from the menu at Rosa’s as well as family favourites and regional dishes from founder Saiphin Moore’s regular trips back home. Recipes range from the aromatic Beef Massaman Curry to the Soft Shell Crab Salad, Larb Spring Rolls, homemade Sriracha Sauce and Mangoes with Sticky Rice.

 

 Non book gifts

  • Bookend Singles

Made from just a single piece of thin, durable polypropylene, these inventive bookends use a novel ‘living hinge’ tosolve a usually bulky bookend problem. They fold flat (great for retailers), they stand up straight (great for books) and, ifwe do say so ourselves, they look pretty fab anywhere around the home – which is great for everyone else.

On the base, each has complimentary coloured grippy feet to keep them rock steady, the bookends can be easily wiped clean and, most importantly, they’re very, very strong!

Sold as singles, if you only want one, or why not mingle, mix and match your perfect bookend partner from a choice of 7punchy colours in our singles dating lounge (or display box!). Perfectly at home in the lounge, kitchen, study or children’s bedrooms and absolutely ideal everywhere in the office.

  • alphabooks

Notebook shaped in the letter A, filled with quality cream plain paper, over 100 sheets.
Alphabet Letter Notebook from the new Alphabooks range.

This particular Alphabook is a gorgeous notebook in the shape of the letters with a clever book spine so it would blend in on a bookshelf! It is a unique personal gift for a stationary fan or a nice accessory for someone that loves their home! A fantastic product!

Measurements Approximately 13 x 19 x 3cm

  • the brilliant reading rest

The Brilliant Reading Rest comes in glorious technicolor – in fact, seven rather dashing technicolors that are right on-trend.

This one is durable and wipe-cleanable making it particularly suitable for the kitchen or workshop. It can be easily adjusted to three angle settings and conveniently folds down flat when not in use. But when wouldn’t it be!??

We think it’s very much brilliant by name, brilliant by colour and all round brilliant by design. This one is certainly ready to stand up and be counted!

 

 

Chapters Book Club

Get booked at Chapters!

Up your reading game.  We have made it easy for you to commit to read this year. Join us at our Book Club to read an author you probably never heard of, brush up on Shakespeare as this is a year when the bard’s work will be performed in plenty around the world, read a very moving non-fiction memoir and take delight in a few blockbuster fiction titles that everyone will be talking about throughout the year. Save the dates.

The newly formed Chapters Book Club will meet throughout the year to discuss 6 interesting books which showcase survival, fulfillment and the importance of positively facing life’s challenges. Each book shows characters who develop confidence, strength and self-awareness and come to vital realizations about their lives. A variety of genres and styles will be covered.

Join us for 6 Book Club meetings this year. *Seats by reservation only

Minimum requirement: Purchase of Book Club books

The Book Club is especially suited for those with a passion for reading, writing and socializing. This is an ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people who will encourage you to make the commitment to keep reading this year. Those with an interest in joining the Chapters Associate Programme will find the Book Club especially advantageous. 

Notice – Date Changed from 27th March to 3rd April due to requests. 


The Chapters Book Club will launch on the 3rd of April 2016: 4.00 pm at Chapters


‘My name is Lucy Barton’ & ‘Shakespeare for Grown Ups’:   Led by Dr. Devika Brendon

Devika is an academic, teacher and writer of English literature. She loves reading so much that she reads about reading, reads about writing, writes about reading and dreams about what she reads.

 


Read on for the Book Club dates and reading lists:

Book Club Launch Pick

 3rd April 2016:   My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

*Leading up to National Mother’s Day – 8th May 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES   BESTSELLER • 

Literary Fiction ♦ Women’s Fiction

A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys, have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name   Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of all—the one between mother and daughter.

“Reading the book is like listening to Lucy Barton speak to you, like watching a person put a puzzle together, seeing how the pieces fit and arranging them in a way that makes sense to her at last. A tough, moving & realistic story told in the first person, about the need to survive when love is not there to rescue you.” Dr.  Devika Brendon.

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Themes> Maternal Love ♦ Trauma ♦ Family Life ♦ Contemporary Women


Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton

“There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering to—‘I was so happy. Oh, I was happy’—simple joy.”—Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review

“Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.”—Lily King, The Washington Post
 
“A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.”—Marion Winik, Newsday
 
“Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . It is Lucy’s gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mother’s shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . [It’s] more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Strout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . A powerful addition to Strout’s body of work.”The Seattle Times

“Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue.”—Hilary Mantel


8th May 2016: Shakespeare for Grown Ups by Elizabeth Foley, Beth Coates

*Celebrating the bard’s 400th birth anniversary

Drama ♦ Non-Fiction

Shakespeare for grown-ups

Need to swot up on your Shakespeare? If you’ve always felt a bit embarrassed at your precarious grasp on the plot of Othello, or you haven’t a clue what a petard – as in ‘hoist with his own petard’ – actually is, then fear not, because this, at last, is the perfect guide to bring you up to speed.

From the authors of the number-one bestselling Homework for Grown-ups, Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the essential book for anyone keen to deepen their knowledge of the Bard’s key plays and sonnets. For parents keen to help with their children’s homework, casual theatre-goers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the most-performed plays and the general reader who feels they should probably know more about Britain’s most splendid scribe, Shakespeare for Grown-ups covers the historical context of his writing; his personal life, contemporaries and influences; his language and poetic skill; the key themes of his oeuvre; his less familiar works and characters; modern-day adaptations and productions; theories about the authorship of his plays; his most famous speeches and quotations; phrases and words that have entered general usage, and much more.

With lively in-depth chapters on all the key works including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth, Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the only guide to the Scribe you’ll ever need.

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Classic Novel Movie Night> To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

 This event has been cancelled as it coincides with Vesak celebrations.

*In celebration of Harper Lee’s life. 

Dramatic Fiction ♦ American Southern, Gothic ♦ Racial

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the 8045416crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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24th July 2016: ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes

*Coincides with the movie release of the book in Summer 2016

Romantic Fiction ♦ Contemporary Fiction


Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible”

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

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4th September 2016: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling

*Coinciding with its expected publication in July 2016

Dramatic Fiction ♦ Fantasy

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, 29056083Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.


16th October 2016: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by  David Lagercrantz

Thriller ♦ The Craft of a Sequel to a Trilogy ♦ Mystery/Crime

24789156She is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female super hacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cyber criminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.


20th November 2016: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Non-Fiction ♦ Memoir ♦ Cancer

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

Praise for When Breath Becomes Air:

“I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. . . . Part of this book’s tremendous impact comes from the obvious fact that its author was such a brilliant polymath. And part comes from the way he conveys what happened to him—passionately working and striving, deferring gratification, waiting to live, learning to die—so well. None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. As he wrote to a friend: ‘It’s just tragic enough and just imaginable enough.’ And just important enough to be unmissable.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“An emotional investment well worth making: a moving and thoughtful memoir of family, medicine and literature. It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring.”The Washington Post

“Possesses the gravity and wisdom of an ancient Greek tragedy . . . [Kalanithi] delivers his chronicle in austere, beautiful prose. The book brims with insightful reflections on mortality that are especially poignant coming from a trained physician familiar with what lies ahead.”The Boston Globe

“Devastating and spectacular . . . [Kalanithi] is so likeable, so relatable, and so humble, that you become immersed in his world and forget where it’s all heading.”USA Today


We hope to see you there. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity!

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Booklover’s Guide: Discover our Bestselling Titles

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In our hand-picked collection, you will find bestsellers that cover a wide range of books that we are sure you’ll love! Choose from some of these popular titles that topped the list on New York Times, Amazon and The Sunday Times..

  • Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa  

Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bustle, TheMillions, BookRiot, The Oregonian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, River City Reading, Indigo

The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor–a nomadic, scrappy teenager who’s run away from home–sets out to join the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city. With the proceeds, he plans to buy a plane ticket and leave Seattle forever, but it quickly becomes clear that the history-making 50,000 anti-globalization protestors–from anarchists to environmentalists to teamsters–are testing the patience of the police, and what started out as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

“Yapa’s melding of fact and fiction, human frailty and geopolitics, is a genuine tour-de-force, and an exciting literary debut.” -Seattle Times

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police Chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn’t seen in three years, two protesters struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country’s fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the President of the United States. When Chief Bishop reluctantly unleashes tear gas on the unsuspecting crowd, it seems his hopes for reconciliation with his son, as well as the future of his city, are in serious peril.


In this raw and breathtaking novel, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible.

“Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is visceral, horrifying, and often heroic. But above all, this book is a full-throated chorus of voices on all sides–protestors, cops, delegates, politicians, and ramblers–as democracy runs headlong into the machinery of global power. Sunil Yapa has achieved something special, a story that is as tragic as it is relevant, as unflinching as it is humane.”
Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

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Originals by Adam Grant  

  • The New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. InOriginals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.”
—JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot

“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.”
—Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

Originals is a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognize your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life. Using surprising studies and riveting stories, Adam Grant brilliantly shows us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world.”
—Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and author of Thrive

“It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old before one can try anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”
—Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, and author of Zero to One

“An urgent must read, a seminal work that will surprise you on every single page. Adam Grant has reset our expectations for what it means to be creative and what’s required to make a difference. Share it with someone you care about.”
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  • The Martian by Andy Weir 

“The best book I’ve read in ages. Clear your schedule before The Martian book coveryou crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech.
–Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


 

Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”–Wall Street Journal

Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”—USA Today  

An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”Entertainment Weekly

Gripping…[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A.”—AVClub.com 

Andy Weir delivers with The Martian…a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”–Associated Press

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Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Mind

For centuries now, time and again, people have turned to classical oeuvres for ancient teachings. Here are some of the epics and folklore available at Chapters; with complete and comprehensive introductions authored by esteemed translators known to classical literature.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

“SURPASSING ALL OTHER KINGS, HEROIC IN STATURE, BRAVE SCION OF URUK, WILD BULL ON THE RAMPAGE!… GILGAMESH THE TALL, MAGNIFICENT AND TERRIBLE”

Translated with an introduction by Andrew George

Andrew George’s “masterly new translation” (The Times) of the world’s first truly great work of literature predating Homer’s “Iliad” & his “Odyssey” by almost a millennium.

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets the poem of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest epic. The story tells of King Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind’s eternal struggle with the fear of death.

The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian. Andrew George’s gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluent narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh. -Penguin Classics.

King Gilgamesh’s story also turns out to be the starting point of a genre in the Western tradition – The autobiography – where he wrote down his own story and a starting point for the Western Literary Canon.

“Humankind’s first literary achievement…Gilgamesh should compel us as the wellspring of which we are inheritors…Andrew George provides an excellent critical and historical introduction.”
—Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday

“This volume will endure as one of the milestones markers…[George] expertly and easily conducts his readers on a delightful and moving epic journey.”
—Samuel A. Meier, Times Literary Supplement

“Appealingly presented and very read-ably translated…it still comes as an exhilarating surprise to find the actions and emotions of the Sumerian superhero coming to us with absolute immediacy over 30-odd centuries.
—Scotsman

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The Odyssey by  Homer

“I LONG TO REACH MY HOME AND SEE THE DAY OF MY RETURN. IT IS MY NEVER-FAILING WISH.”

Translated by E.V Rieu. Revised translation by D. C. H Rieu. Introduction by Peter Jones.

The epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home – one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature

If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of an every-man’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

E. V. Rieu’s translation has long been beloved and celebrated by scholars and readers alike, and for this Penguin Classics edition, classicist D. C. H. Rieu has revised the work of his father. This edition also includes an introduction by Peter V. Jones.      – Penguin Classics

 “[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” The Yale Review

“One of the world’s most vital tales… The Odyssey remains central to literature” – Malcolm Bradbury

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The Iliad by Homer

“LOOK AT ME. I AM THE SON OF A GREAT MAN. A GODDESS WAS MY MOTHER. YET DEATH AND INEXORABLE DESTINY ARE WAITING FOR ME.”

Translated by E.V Rieu. Revised translation by D. C. H Rieu. Introduction by Peter Jones.

The great war epic of Western literature, in a stunning translation by acclaimed classicist E.V. RIEU.

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer’s Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals.

For this Penguin Classics edition, classicist D. C. H. Rieu has revised the work of his father, E. V. Rieu, celebrated translator and founding editor of the Penguin Classics imprint. The book also includes an introduction and notes by Peter V. Jones. – Penguin Classics

“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly

“Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time.”Library Journal

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The Aeneid By Virgil

“I SING OF ARMS AND OF THE MAN”

Translated with an introduction by DAVID WEST

After a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas – Augustus’ legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to the Greek. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven year journey – to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as ‘the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man’.

David West’s acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid. – Penguin Classics

“Fitzgerald’s is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come.”-New York Review of Books

“From the beginning to the end of this English poem…the reader will find the same sure control of English rhythms, the same deft phrasing, and an energy which urges the eye onward.”-The New Republic

“A rendering that is both marvelously readable and scrupulously faithful…. Fitzgerald has managed, by a sensitive use of faintly archaic vocabulary and a keen ear for sound and rhythm, to suggest the solemnity and the movement of Virgil’s poetry as no previous translator has done (including Dryden)…. This is a sustained achievement of beauty and power.”-Boston Globe

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The Metaphysics by Aristotle

“WE MUST ESPECIALLY INQUIRE AND INVESTIGATE WHETHER THERE IS ANY CAUSE BEYOND MATTER IN ITSELF OR NOT”

Translated with an introduction by HUGH LAWSON-TANCRED

In The Metaphysics, Aristotle laid the foundations for one of the central branches of Western philosophy.

The son of a doctor and an eminent scientist in his own right, Aristotle was always passionately interested in natural phenomena. Yet when he joined Plato’s Academy as a seventeen-year-old in the mid-360s BC, he was taught the ‘idealist’ doctrine that what we perceive is just a pale reflection of the true reality. After a sharp reaction against Platonism, he achieved in The Metaphysics an extraordinary synthesis, integrating the natural and rational aspects of the world. In so doing he probed some of the deepest questions of philosphy: What is existence? How is change possible? What makes something the same thing at different times? Are there things which must exist for anything else to exist at all? The seminal notion of ‘substance’ and associated concepts of matter and form, essence and accident and potentiality and actuality, have had a profound influence upon Western thought.

Hugh Lawson-Tancred’s new translation achieves a readability absent from earlier versions, and in a stimulating introductory essay he highlights the central themes of one of philosophy’s supreme masterpieces. – Penguin Classics

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Series books 8-10 year olds love to buzz about

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Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton (AKA Elisabetta Dami)

The fa-mouse mouse who runs a newspaper in New Mouse City. He loves to write adventure stories with colourful designer font and captivating images. These whisker-licking-good-tales are fa-mouse-ly funny. That’s a promise!

The latest titles in the Geronimo Stilton adventure series are at Chapters now and are selling very fast. While browsing don’t forget to look up the ‘Geronimo Stilton Academy: Comprehension  Pawbook series 1-3’, a sure way to guide your budding reader into comprehension activities with the same books he/she will enjoy reading. Makes teaching and learning English so much more fun. Other latest additions are Geronimo Stilton Cavemice series and Geronimo Stilton Spacemice Series. In the Cavemice series children will meet Geronimo’s ancestors who run the stone newspaper in a prehistoric village. In the brand new Spacemice series set in outer space readers will meet a Geronimo of a parallel universe Geronimo Stiltonix. His adventures are for those who are up to an out of this world adventure.

For Thea Stilton Fans we have her latest adventure stories packed with mystery set in Greece and Ecuador, and again this is a fast selling item.

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My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara

This is a series worth making a splash about. Guaranteed to get even the most reluctant of readers engaged.  These stories will certainly strike a chord with boys as they feature a mad scientist, a computer hacker and a zombie. The themes in the series are of friendship and loyalty.

The second book in the series takes on a more mature theme of losing a best friend; as even best of friends sometimes move on to other friendships and interests. Many children in this age group will identify with this and come to realise that true friends never really stay away for too long.

To browse a first chapter and to see images click here

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Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey 

School Library Journal recommends this series “for every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book.” The Educational Book and Media Association comments that it “celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted.” Booklist recommends the series because it “combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humour and action.” Publishers Weekly mentions it as “Subversively hilarious”.

I would like to warn you that along with ‘To kill a mocking’, ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (J.D. Salinger), ‘Harry Potter’ (J.K. Rowling), ‘Of mice and Men’ (J. Steinbeck) and Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ this series too is on the list of ‘Banned Books’. If you are a parent who is willing to let your child explore, despite this label, then let him/her dive right into this series and have a hilarious time at least for a while.

This series has been around for a while, and I have been with kids who have loved this series and have still grown up to be non-subversive fine young people. As a parent one of the best things you can do with books such as these is to read the books yourself and decide on its age and content appropriateness for your children.

We now have the first Captain Underpants adventure like we’ve never seen it before — in FULL COLOR!

Fourth-grade class clowns George Beard and Harold Hutchins have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school — and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

This special edition includes an all-new sixteen-page bonus section that will reveal the origin of Captain Underpants!

We also currently have Captain Underpants in boxed sets as one is almost always not enough.

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Disaster strike

Disaster Strikes by Marlane Kennedy

This is a compact series of just four books, for kids who like action and adventure. The stories are set in real life situations i.e. an earthquake, a tornado, a blizzard and a volcanic eruption. Readers will learn how ordinary kids face extraordinary situations. These action packed tales of a group of courageous kids include scientific information and additional details at the back of the books. This is a five star rated series.

Reviews 

“Full of action and realistic friend dynamics, the story moves briskly. First in a new series of disaster stories, this holds strong appeal for both girls and boys and features a diverse cast of characters. A rare find in transitional chapter books, this one also works for older, struggling readers thanks to its real-life survival element.”  — Booklist

Earthquake Shock

It had seemed like the perfect California day. But as Joey Flores walked home from the skate park with his friends, the ground began to tremble, and Joey knew they were headed for trouble….

The earthquake that followed devastated their neighbourhood, collapsing a nearby overpass with Joey and Fiona on one side and Kevin and Dylan on the other. Now Joey and his friends must rescue each other, endure the aftershocks, and find a new way home as the earth cracks beneath their feet.

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#ChaptersTeenReads quotes

“Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. Listen.” Brown Grl Dreaming – Jaqueline Woodson

“May, I am thinking, there is something hidden like this in all of us. A small gift from the universe waiting to be discovered.” Brown Girl Dreaming – Jaqueline Woodson.

“There are the truths found in books or films when some writer puts exactly the rights words together and it’s like their pen turned sword and pierced you right through the heart.” The Truth Commission -Susan Juby.

“Don’t insult me today just because I am poor, you don’t know what my future holds!” The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kamkwamba

“Few people realize this, but cutting down the trees is one of the things that keeps us Malawians poor”. The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kwakwamba

“I guess you could call it a “failure” but I prefer the term ” learning experience”. The Martian – Andy Weir