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The World Beyond Your Head
The World Beyond Your Head
How to flourish in an age of distraction

On page 13 of this book, Matthew Crawford, writer and motorcycle engineer calls for a "right to not be addressed". This struck your reviewer as such an astonishingly good idea (she cherishes her share of not being addressed), that it will probably never catch on. Crawford is,... Read more
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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017

Published Feb 2017.

Dorthe Nors (born 20 May 1970 in Herning) is a Danish author and writer. She is the first Danish author to be published in the American magazine The New Yorker.[
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Taste in an age of endless choice

Tom Vanderbilt attempts rather well to demonstrate that, contrary to some received wisdom, there is accounting for taste. His book is an account for it. Moreover plenty of it is logical, or at least predictable, given a modest background in behavioural quirks that seem entertainingly daft,... Read more
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7th August 2017 03:17 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The Village Effect
The Village Effect
Why face-to-face contact matters

It is sometimes assumed that in today's modern age it is far easier than before to spend a day not meeting anyone in person, or even speaking to anyone, without feeling lonely and without cutting oneself off, thanks to online connectivity. Indeed a case often made is that modern media have... Read more
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6th August 2017 02:26 PM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The Adventurer
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By the author of 'The Egyptian'

Originally published in 1950 with a Finnish title 'Mikael Karvajälkä', it is an historically accurate account of Middle Ages ideological upheaval fictionalised as a novel. Mika Waltari is a prize-winning author of international renown.
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Arrival City
Arrival City
How the largest migration in history is re-shaping our world

Arrival City is Doug Saunders' own term. Others that are used to describe the same places include slum, shantytown, favela, banlieue, ghetto, ethnic enclave and plattenbau, which Mr Saunders believes mostly misunderstand and misrepresent their true nature. This book is a fix for that, as well... Read more
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3rd August 2017 06:09 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
The Power of Others
The Power of Others

To many introverted types the refrain "Humans are social animals" sometimes jars. But the context of Michael Bond's volume is not about hosting dinner parties or joining a bridge club; it's a powerful documentation of the extent to which we are not running our own show even if we think... Read more
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1st August 2017 01:36 PM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
"Our Final Invention" by James Barrat
"Our Final Invention" by James Barrat

This thread concerns the book Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CQYAWRY/ From the blurb: "In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies... Read more
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6th April 2017 11:38 AM by stevea Go to last post
 
Modern Romance
Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari is a comedian by trade and makes some effort to help the reader remember this every few pages through "Modern Romance". His lighthearted study of searching, flirting, dating, cheating and marrying is part-powered by academic Eric Klinenberg who also wrote Going Solo. Your... Read more
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11th August 2016 05:17 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
You Can't Read This Book
You Can't Read This Book

NIck Cohen won a polemic award for this 2013 attack on censorship. Your reviewer found it to be dignified and salutory. One-sided for sure (you get what you buy), and narrower in focus than she expected in respect of the author's targets, which are principally the demands for silencing that... Read more
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10th August 2016 10:22 AM by Giz Go to last post
 
Going Solo
Going Solo
The extraordinary rise and surprising appeal of living alone

Human beings are social animals, according to Aristotle and Roman Emperor Aurelius. Yet, in contrast to a couple of hundred millennia of collective living, the last generation or two has uniquely been accompanied by a big rise in living alone. All adult age cohorts have involved themselves... Read more
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10th August 2016 09:49 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Spinster -- Making a Life of One's Own
Spinster -- Making a Life of One's Own

Despite some quotes on its cover, books about being a committed single woman are probably something of a niche. For context this reviewer--like Kate Bolick--has never married, is childless, and in somewhat retro-fashion likes to prefix herself as Miss where applicable. Bolick (in her 43rd... Read more
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5th August 2016 09:35 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Immigrants -- Your Country Needs Them
Immigrants -- Your Country Needs Them

Immigrants are regular folks whose lives don't fit neatly within national boundaries. Your reviewer is one of the quarter billion (the number doesn't include illegal migrants) living outside her country of birth, and counts herself fortunate to have lived for more than a few months in three... Read more
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2nd August 2016 11:42 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
When The Rivers Run Dry
When The Rivers Run Dry

Fresh water is the ultimate renewable resource. And in large parts of the world it is the ultimate common resource too. The former is reason to be optimistic about future water security. After all, the world has an awful lot of the stuff. But most economists would raise a red flag of pessimism... Read more
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2nd August 2016 11:34 AM by Francesca R Go to last post
 
Peoplequake
Peoplequake

This reviewer agreed with almost everything she read in this 2011 book; Fred Pearce, a British science/environment writer, has managed to very closely replicate her views on population, fertility, causes, the role of policy and immigration. That's remarkable (hence the remark). It also told... Read more
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