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Friday, 16 June 2017
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Book: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth

Recommended by: Joseph

'English history... seems the work of a temperate community, seldom shaken by convulsions. But there are moments when history is unsubtle; when change arrives in a violent rush, decisive, bloody, traumatic; as a truck-load of trouble, wiping out everything that gives a culture its bearings - custom, language, law, loyalty. 1066 was one of those moments.'
- Simon Schama, A History of Britain At the Edge of the World: 3500 BC-AD 1603 (2000)

Imagine the world described above as seen through the eyes of an angry, prideful, domineering, foul-mouthed, violent, desperate, delusional, and (though he would never admit it) conquered Anglisc man. Then imagine him telling you the story of his world falling apart in a language you only half recognize but which seems eerily familiar. Innovative, earthy, and shocking, The Wake will surely challenge you like it did me.

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Posted By Logan Library at 4:57 PM
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017
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Book: 1984 by George Orwell

Recommended by: Joseph

Wow, what a story. Fear. Instinct. (mis)Information. I'm not sure what to say except that, not unlike the experiences of protagonist Winston Smith, the weight of the world Orwell creates surrounds and overpowers and, with only slight glimpses of hope along the way, crushes into dust.

Also, if you're interested in learning about the author of 1984, check out Why Orwell Matters, in which the late Christopher Hitchens serves as your personal guide to Orwell's life and career in ten chapters of lively analysis.

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Posted By Logan Library at 9:58 AM
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
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Book: Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heligman

Recommended by: Joseph

I started reading this curious book (a study of the Darwins' marriage written for teens?) on Darwin Day (February 12), 2016. I was interested in learning more about how they made their long and mixed-belief relationship work (throughout their 40+ years together, Charles was a skeptic and Emma was a believer). Turns out, it was the things that we already know make strong relationships: mutual respect, communication, love, open minds, trust, physical touch, shared goals.

What a great story. The author considered titling this book Charles, Emma, and God: The Darwins at Home, which I think is just perfect. Make sure to check out Creation, the fantastic film about Mr. and Mrs. Darwin starring married actors Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.

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Posted By Logan Library at 12:29 PM
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