This week's bookshop interview comes from Liber in Sligo! Liber is a family run books, music and gifts shop and strive to support local artists by stocking their work as well as selling general titles. Brian from Liber was kind enough to recommend some great smart thinking books for me, read his picks below.
Q. What are two recent smart thinking books that are your favourite and/or have been popular in your shop?
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall is a fantastic read. Clear concise and insightful. Prisoners of Geography frames the political landscape against the Geographic landscape in a fresh and exciting way. Geopolitics made easy!
The School of Life: An Emotional Education by Alain de Botton is a timely and important book about emotional intelligence and how to equip yourself to be emotionally resilient in the modern world. A Liber recommended read.
Q. What are two classic or established smart thinking non-fiction books that you and/or your customers like?
The Miracle of Mindfulness is one of the original and best books on Mindfulness and Meditation by Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh. Highly recommended.
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, is a highly entertaining romp through the modern world by a "Rogue Economist". Thought provoking and addictive. An evergreen Liber Bestseller.
Q. What is one wildcard smart thinking book that you like and/or you have in stock which may not be very well known?
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a clever and well researched book highlighting the random events that underlie our lives. This book flew under the radar when it was released but much like the tipping point has become an accepted theory and part of our everyday language.
Image Copyrights: Elliott & Thompson Limited (Prisoners of Geography), Ebury Publishing (The Miracle Of Mindfulness), Penguin Books Ltd (The School of Life, Freakonomics, The Black Swan)