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Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Penguin Books, first published in 2005.

Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Penguin Books, first published in 2005.

The authors write that “Freakonomics” is at the heart of everything modern people do and the things that affect them daily. It is about using information from the surrounding world to get to the heart of what is really happening under the surface of everyday life. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, and Dubner, a writer for the New York Times and the New Yorker magazine, joined forces to release a book that “reads like a detective novel”, according to the Wall Street Journal, and has become a cult bestseller. This new edition includes the authors’ columns and blog entries.

The Phoenix and the Carpet. Edith Nesbit. With an Activity Book. Thomson Heinle, 2000.

This fantasy novel for children, written in 1904 by Edith Nesbit as the second volume of a trilogy, has become a tool for learning English in a fun way. Books appearing in the English Language Teaching series are ranked from 1 to 6 according to their level of difficulty and this novel has been retold by Diana Kordas and adapted to Level 3. It includes an Activity Book that further assists children in grasping the language and the content of the book.

A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas. Virginia Woolf. Oxford World’s Classics, reissued in 2008.

In these two essays, the renowned writer develops an innovative and politically-challenging analysis of the causes and effects of women’s exclusion from British cultural, political and economic life. Starting from a consideration of the troubled relations between women and fiction in A Room of One’s Own (1929), Woolf moves on to a much broader analysis of the political and cultural implications of women’s oppression in Three Guineas (1938). The first is perhaps her best-known essay while the latter is the result of ten years of research by Woolf, building on the arguments she developed in A Room of One’s Own.

This column is a selection by The Slovak Spectator of English-language books recently released in Slovakia; it does not represent an endorsement of any of the books selected. The column is prepared in cooperation with the Oxford Bookshop, Laurinská 9, Bratislava.

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