John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
An insider account charting Barack Obama’s journey from unlikely presidential hopeful to unstoppable political force and co-authored by a pair of media veterans, the book reveals the depth of dysfunction in Hillary Clinton’s Democratic party nomination bid and the troubled John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign. At one point, McCain staffers openly question Palin’s mental stability — reacting to Palin’s debate prep, Republican strategist Mark McKinnon is aghast: “Oh. My. God.”
Outsider Films on India: 1950-1990
Shanay Jhaveri (Ed)
At times, the eye-popping visuals and stills that accompany this collection of 11 essays on outsider films on India threaten to distract readers from the substance of the texts themselves. This may not be an altogether bad thing. Occasionally lurching into overcooked academia, the essays take stock of outsider perspectives on India as expressed through cinema. Films discussed include French director Louis Malle’s Phantom India, Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner’s Une Ville à Chandigarh, and American James Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah.
Come, Before Evening Falls
Billed as “probably the first” Indian love story set against Khap Panchayat politics, Come, Before Evening Falls is a mixed affair. On one hand, the star-crossed lovers, honour, family and politics trope has been worn to a literary nub. On the other, the frank pro-woman message emerging from the jumble of Jat patriarchy is satisfying.