All about the non-fiction this month!
Ever wonder where the Falkland Islands are? Wonder no more! "Bleaker House" follows an author as she travels to an isolated island to write. Interspersed with fictional chapters.
Looooved "Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman". Who doesn't love reading about badass females that continue to do what ever they want?
Spoiler for "Dead Wake" - The US enters the war at the end. I love a good Erik Larson deep dive, and this historical non-fiction about the sinking of Lusitania is extremely detailed.
Finally, "The Little Book of Hygge" (still no idea how to pronounce), is very cute and full of ideas on how to keep your house and life cozy and Danish. It would make a great housewarming gift!
“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” This could have been written about our current political state. Another book that I should have read before, but sadly saved it for a more stressful time where lies, fear, false threats, inequality, and power hunger are on the main stage of every day life.
It was a reminder to stay informed and active or else the pigs in charge will continue to take power and act in their own self-interest. #resist
Finally onto the next book. I first watched the movie adapted from this book with Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum. I thought it was an excellent movie, then learned it was a book as well. They did make some changes in the movie (of course), but the story stays the same. A wealthy woman in her mid 30's is in advanced stages of ALS. Bec is the adrift college student who answers the want ad to be her caregiver. Their closeness transforms both of their live's and relationships. #book44#bookstagram#readersofinstagram#bookstagramfeature#readingchallenge#52booksof2017
1권- 원시,이집트,메소포타미아 문명과 미술 .
🐝분명 지루할 것 같은 미술사 이야기인데 소설같이 읽힌다. 역시 박물관 가이드를 가장 재미있게 하는 사람으로 유명할 만 하다. 엄지 척!👍👍
🐝이 책은 저자가 항상 품어왔던 '인간에게 미술은 무엇일까'라는 질문에 대한 대답이 되는 책이다. .
그런데 정말이지 '인류는 2만 년 동안 나아진 게 없다.'고 말한 피카소의 말에 공감하지 않을 수가 없다. .
. 📗 미술은 아름답습니다. 그러나 4만 년 전의 원시시대부터 이집트, 메소포타미아를 여행하며 당시를 살았던 이들이 남긴 미술을 보면 혹독한 자연과 그것보다 더 혹독한 인간들 간의 경쟁의 결과물이 바로 미술이라는 것을 알게 됩니다. - p.7 미술 이야기를 시작하며
. 📘세계의 미술을 공부해서 좋은 점 중 하나입니다. 다양한 세계의 작품에 대해 알고 있으면 우리 주변에 있는 문화재도 세계사적 맥락을 통해 더 넓은 시야로 바라볼 수 있거든요. 때로는 그 의미를 재발견하고 때로는 그동안 몰랐던 매력을 발견하죠. p.347 .
#북스타그램#독서#책추천#난생_처음_한번_공부하는_미술이야기#난처한미술이야기1#양정무#원시#이집트#메소포타미아#인문학#인문교양#미술사#미술#사회평론#한나평점별4개반 ★★★★☆ #book44
What's in the store :
#Book44 : Homeland by Clare Francis.
This book is set after World War 2 in the quiet rural corner of England that is the Somerset Levels. Into this walks Billy Greer on his return from the war, going back to the house of his uncle and aunt where he spent the difficult teenage years. There, he finds the house and farm in disarray, his uncle aged, and his aunt upstairs confined to bed after a stroke. And he meets again the woman who made his spine tingle when they were both teenagers.
Will he stay to rebuild the farm, or will he go to the promised job in London. And what of Annie, the local girl he could not forget. Grab your read to find it out.
I decided to take a break from YA Fantasy and get into some nonfiction. I can’t believe I never read any of the books that @barackobama wrote! It is almost depressing to read this book now but that mentality really goes against everything he writes here. I’m excited to read more!
#book44 It’s the 22nd century and what’s left of America has survived the second American Civil War (fought over the continuing use of fossil fuels after the coasts have eroded from climate change). The book is told by a historian, looking back on the war that killed 10 million and the reunification plague that killed another 100 million, with quotes from “primary sources.”
The premise of the book is excellent and the first half of the book is well-executed. If I had rated the book during the first half, I’d have given it 4 stars. Unfortunately, the second half of the book stumbles, with the passage of time feeling rushed and the changes to Sarat feel like the author gave up on her. The second half is more like 3 stars—good, just not as good as the first half.
It’s a timely book—for those who look at terrorism coming out of places like Syria and wonder how it could happen that someone could be sucked in by violent ideology—this book shows how it happens. Ultimately, the book is about how you radicalize and destroy a child—and how the damage done to one child can have far broader effects than anyone might imagine.
The author has a background in war reporting—Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring in Egypt, and on-the-ground in Ferguson. His experiences come through in his writing and lend the story of how Sarat was made vulnerable and then radicalized authenticity.
Not a perfect book and I wish the second half were as good as the first—but one I still recommend. (I listened to the audiobook—the voice is a good pick, the only caveat is that this is a book you have to actively pay attention to—you can’t zone out for a minute or two and then easily come back.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Initially upon reading I was awed by this book as it discussed how people often ignore their heart's desires and stay put and settle, as the fear of losing what you currently have is more than the fear of not obtaining your true and somewhat unclear desire if you try for it; it's a risk and it takes courage to pursue your true destiny. Layers of metaphor embroil the protagonist in a series of unfortunate events that mean he loses everything and yet he truly loses nothing. It inspired me to live my life fearlessly, but not recklessly, and to trust that I am a resilient, resourceful and capable human being; life goes on regardless. There is always another chapter to the story and the omens are there for you every step of the way if you choose to observe them.
That said, the book is excruciatingly religious and mythical in the last part i.e. talking to the wind and the creator. I feel I'm a very spiritual person but within the scope of logic; what was described was beyond farcical however metaphorical was its intend. I was also disappointed with the ending but I suppose it leaves you with the take away message that no matter how much searching you do, and whether you find love along your way or not, your treasure is right beneath your feet #Book44#Bookstagram 📚 👍 🏅
"Traveling through the worlds gives you perspective. It makes you value what you have." // Unlike most of young adult books these days that lean towards depression and teen angst, has a protagonist who's confused and pathetic, this book has a strong-minded main character - Marguerite. She's not out to find herself, but to save herself. In A Thousand Pieces of You, I didn't buy the romance angle. But here in the second book? Romance in a multiverse? Loved it! Huehue 😜 I will get to the final book early next year! #book44