Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Reading for the zeitgeist. . .

Thanks to My Tragic Right Hip for pointing me in the direction of this recommended list in Newsweek of the fifty books - new and old, fiction and non-fiction - to read in order to understand the global issues affecting our lives. Books that deal with the economy, environment, war, religion, and culture are all here and it's a pretty darn good list either for your own browsing, or to recommend to patrons. My favourites among them are Bill Buford's Among the Thugs (which I'd never have picked up if my male colleagues hadn't raved about it - and they were right, it's a very compelling and unforgettable read) and Muriel Barbery's lovely novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. You can read the full list here.

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