Beyond the Blue Horizon: how the earliest mariners unlocked the secrets of the oceans (M) by Brian Fagan (June 26) From the author of 2008’s The Great Warming, this book takes a look at the human need to explore and what we have discovered in the depths and the breadths of the seas. Spanning a huge swath of human history and bringing in a similarly large range of topics, this book has something for readers interested not only in the ocean, but in technology, exploration, anthropology and much more.
Dear Zari: hidden stories from women in Afghanistan (M) by Zarghuna Kargar (June 4th) Previously published in the UK, June marks the Canadian debut for this title that compiles stories of 13 Afghani women. The author was born in Afghanistan but fled as a child, and now lives in the UK. The stories collected in the volume came from Kargar’s work on a BBC radio program called Afghan Woman’s Hour.
Dark Pools: high-speed traders, A.I. bandits, and the threat to the Global Financial System (M) by Scott Patterson (June 12). A book that sounds more science fiction than you might want from an examination of global trading: an exposé of the trend toward artificial intelligence on the trading floor. Patterson has previously written critiques of Wall Street, his 2010 title The Quants: how a new breed of math whizzes conquered Wall Street and nearly destroyed it (M) was a New York Times bestseller.