Welcome to Part II of a special series of posts in the run up to the holiday season! (Read Part I here) I asked some of the lovely authors that have previously appeared on the site about their Christmas book recommendations for this year. They graciously replied with some fantastic book picks! Hopefully these book recommendations might help you with your own Christmas shopping gift ideas too! :-)
Q. Is there a smart thinking book that you are looking forward to reading this Christmas, or one you would like to give or receive as a gift?
BY far the best book I’ve read this year has to be Helen Lewis's Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. What a feisty, funny and, at times, furious rattle through the history of women’s fight for equality. From equal pay and abortion to women’s sport and marriage, it made me realise just how much our current freedoms are down to the courage of a few, remarkable women (and some men too) - those who refused to do what they were told. It’s an absolute cracker.
I’d recommend Being a Human: Adventures in 40,000 Years of Consciousness by Charles Foster – great book.
Yes there is - I have Endless Forms by Seirian Sumner and Rewilding the Sea by Charles Clover waiting for me this Christmas. I look forward to them, and hope others will enjoy them too.
Ooh, what a fun idea!
I'd recommend What If? 2 (and its prequel, What If?) by Randall Munroe - two books just full of taking random hypothetical questions completely seriously. What IF the whole world was soup? What IF you could pitch a baseball at relativistic speeds? Randy does the math (and draws the comics to go with) and the result is spectacular.
I'm also recommending Kate Beaton's Ducks, a profoundly humane look at life in the tar sands in Canada. It's funny, it's bleak, it's empathic, and it's just a wonderful graphic memoir. And learning more about how humans are with each other - especially in extreme positions - is something we could all probably do with a bit more of. I loved both these books!
I'm looking forward to reading The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté. I've loved his other books, and it seems like the perfect topic for these days!
I recommend Nichola Raihani's The Social Instinct, I like the idea of recommending a book about cooperation in the holiday season.
Huge thanks & míle buíochas to Sally, Rob, Rebecca, Ryan, Karla, & Erez for their great Christmas book picks!
Watch out next week for Part III of the series (Read Part I here) with more author recommendations :-)
Image Copyrights: Little, Brown Book Group (The Meat Paradox), HarperCollins Publishers (Endless Forms), Profile Books Ltd (Being a Human, Tickets For The Ark), Head of Zeus (Fowl Play), John Murray Press (What If? 2), Transworld Publishers Ltd (Making Numbers Count), Penguin Putnam Inc (How To Take Over The World), Vintage Publishing (Difficult Women, Ducks, The Social Instinct), Ebury Publishing (Rewilding The Sea, The Myth of Normal)