Mountains of the Moon - I.J. Kay

The narrator of Kay's debut novel is the most memorable and deeply affecting character I can recall meeting in some time.  We first meet her when she's in her 30s, just out of prison, living in a crumbling vicarage in a working-class London suburb. We meet her again as a child in a violent and dysfunctional family.  Finally, we meet her as a woman in her 20s, where we see the dire situations and destructive relationships that landed her in trouble. The non-chronological portrait that emerges is one of a person forged by a lifetime of struggle, love, perseverance, and suffering. It’s an absolutely brilliant and challenging book.

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ISBN: 9780143123453
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

To End All Wars - Adam Hochschild

This isn’t an unbiased account. There is a bias here that announces itself early and often: The first World War was an unnecessary one, and the leaders who led their nations to slaughter were at best, foolish and irresponsible and at worst, sadistic and unforgiveable. Also, the men and women who followed their consciences and said no to war were heroic in their convictions and often paid a heavy price for their stance. What makes this such a compelling book, though, is not generalities. Rather, it’s the specifics of the individual stories that make it so compulsively readable. People like Charlotte Despard, the Pankhursts-- suffragette Emmeline and her daughters, Sylvia and Christabel, the socialist MP Keir Hardie, and the philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell are just a few of the people who figure prominently and animate this extraordinary retelling of one of the formative and most destructive events of the 20th Century.
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ISBN: 9780547750316
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Published: Mariner Books - March 6th, 2012

What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets - Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

In What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, researchers Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio focus on the daily eating habits of a varied group of people from all over the world. Pictured with the food they typically eat in a day are a sadhu priest in India, a Chinese acrobat, a taxi driver in the U.S., a homemaker in Yemen, a bullfighter in Spain, to name just a few. Many of the details are surprising. The head monk in a Tibetan monastery takes in an amazing 4900 calories a day while the American taxi driver eats only 2000 per day. These and other dietary facts make readers reexamine traditionally held beliefs about food, obesity and the differences and similarities between cultures. Also included are essays by Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, and other contemporary commentators on the global effects of what we eat. The profiles, accompanied by photos, provide an interesting and nuanced look into the lives of a rich sampling of our population
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ISBN: 9780984074402
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Published: Material World - August 10th, 2010