I'm delighted that my first bookshop guest post is by Alicia from The Bookshop in Marbella, Spain! Alicia, who is from Dublin, runs an English language bookshop in Malaga with Derek and was kind enough to pick some great smart thinking books for us this week! Read her great interview answers below.
Q. What are two recent smart thinking books that are your favourite and/or have been popular in your shop?
Educated by Tara Westover is a compelling story about a girl raised in a doomsday cult. It deals with mental illness, complex family relationships and the power education has to transform our lives. It is heartbreaking, thought provoking and makes for a great book club pick.
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari continues to sell really well. It provides an interesting view on the development of civilisation and what it means to be human. It is great for sparking discussion and debate.
Q. What are two classic or established smart thinking non-fiction books that you and/or your customers like??
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking is a very accessible and readable introduction to theoretical physics and to the big questions of life, the universe and everything.
Reading Lolita in Theran by Azar Nafisi is a great book to recommend to people who enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale. It deals with the rise of a patriarchal, religious authoritarian power and the erosion of women's rights in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The author was a university professor who was expelled from Tehran's University for refusing to wear a veil, however, she continued to meet in secret with some of her students to discuss banned western novels.
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 Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe documents the year Tom Wolfe spent with Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters as they travelled around the USA in a bus overseeing experiments with LSD. It is notable for its intersection with Hunter S. Thompson's Hells Angels and Jack Kerouac's On The Road (Kerouac's driver Neil Cassidy, who the character of Dean Moriarty was based on, later became the driver for The Merry Pranksters)
Image Copyrights: Cornerstone (Educated), Transworld Publishers Ltd (A Brief History Of Time), Penguin Books Ltd (Reading Lolita in Tehran), Vintage Publishing (Sapiens, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test)