The 2008 financial collapse had a profound impact on the thinking and writing of John Lanchester. First, in I.O.U., he provided a very shrewd and literate analysis of the crisis. Then, in the social novel Capital, he depicted how the easy-money era had affected not just greedy speculators but played out in the lives of residents of a representative London neighborhood. Now he’s gone back to basics and written a sort of glossary for economic and financial jargon. His aim, as he says at the start of How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say—and What It Really Means (W.W. Norton, $26.95), was to enable people to read the business pages or watch televised economic programs and understand what they’re seeing and hearing. With his journalist’s knack for writing lucidly and making the abstract concrete, Lanchester is particularly well-suited to help us navigate through the obscure terms and arcane concepts that have shrouded the workings and institutions of the financial world. As he showed in his previous books, and does again here, he can present economic principles and financial matters in clear and often entertaining ways.

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Several traits go into making a great science writer, and Marc Kaufman has them. First is knowledge of a subject which can be quite dense and technical. Second is the ability to convey such complex information in a lively and engaging way. And third is sheer delight and enthusiasm in the topic. Kaufman showed these traits in his last book, First Contact, which addressed the hunt for life beyond Earth—a big subject that he managed to write about in a compact, informative, and enjoyable two-hundred pages. In his latest work, Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission (National Geographic, $40), he has again produced a great read. This time he tackles the successful 2012 NASA effort to land a rover on the red planet. The book is filled with fascinating detail and vibrant prose. Kaufman had a big advantage in researching this story—namely, terrific access to NASA’s team; he was virtually embedded with the scientists and engineers involved in the mission. But he also enhances his play-by-play narrative with lots of useful historical and scientific context. And he treats readers to spectacular, never-before-published images of Mars, many with surprising colors and landscapes.
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Kenneth Turan started watching movies as a kid growing up in Brooklyn and tuned in often to the TV program “Million Dollar Movie.” As a longtime film critic for The Los Angeles Times, he’s been able to indulge his childhood interest over and over. In Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film (PublicAffairs, $25.99), Turan takes on the challenge of choosing the movies he’s enjoyed most. Why fifty-four? You’ll have to read the book to find out. But Turan did discover that limiting the number was harder than expected. In fact, he couldn’t resist suggesting a fifty-fifth film—actually two films tied for the slot—and then he appended another list of fifty-four movies that he also treasures. Turan doesn’t only critique his picks; he also provides back stories about the making of the films, discusses the actors and directors, and mixes in some cultural context. You probably won’t agree with all his selections. That’s OK—Turan recognizes that personal tastes can play a big part in judging films. He was careful not to call his picks the best films ever, just his own favorites.

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