Today I would like to tell you about one of the most heart-breaking and interesting books I have recently read: Another Day In The Death Of America by Gary Younge. I apologize in advance as, once again, I am reviewing one of the least cheerful non fiction books ever published…
Today I would like to tell you about 3 very short books (under 150 pages!) that I have recently read. I’m hoping that this article will be useful to those of you who don’t have much time to read and don’t dare starting a long book. These three books can be read in no time and are pretty good.
I have finally read one of the most talked about non-fiction books of 2016 : Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole. I had high expectations when I started reading this book and I wouldn’t say that it met all of my expectations but I still enjoyed it and I do believe it is an important book.
This non-fiction book is mainly based on the author’s personal experience but it also contains a lot of references to philosophical and sociological concepts. One could probably describe Girls Will Be Girls as a cross-over between feminist essay and autobiography. The main theory brought forward by Emer O’Toole in this book is that gender is a performance.
I’ve recently read In Order To Live and wanted to post a short review here because it’s a great book. In Order To Live is a memoir written by Yeonmi Park, a 24-year-old North Korean who fled North Korea with her mother when she was 13. It is the account of her life in Hyesan, a city located in the northern part of North Korea, very close to the Chinese border, of her escape through China and of her new life as a refugee in South Korea.
I don’t want to say too much about the life of Yeonmi Park and her family in North Korea under Kim Jong Il‘s reign because it is of course very eventful. This book, for this part at least, almost reads like a thrilling novel, which makes it a great read but is also extremely sad. Many unbelievable, dangerous and terrible events happened to the Park family in the 1990’s and 2000’s and these events led to their escape to China in 2007.
Today I’m here with 3 mini reviews of non-fiction books related to science and medicine…
It’s All in your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan
Suzanne O’Sullivan is a consultant in neurology in the UK and her book It’s All In Your Head won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. This book presents various cases of patients suffering from psychosomatic illnesses that she treated. For those who wonder, “the word psychosomatic refers to physical symptoms that occur for psychological reasons”. Each chapter of the book is devoted to a patient.
I would like to tell you about a classic I have just read for the Feminist Orchestra Bookclub: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. It’s the first book I’ve read from Virginia Woolf, even if I had meant to read her books for a very long time. Although I’m not quite sure this is the best book to get into Woolf’s work – if it wasn’t for the bookclub, I would probably have started with one of her novels, maybe Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse – but it is a great book, which I’d recommend to anyone.