1. Through the Language Glass. Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages by Guy Deutscher. I’m in the throes of this one at the moment. So far I am intrigued. This book examines how our language reflects thinking, a topic I’ve been interested in within the discipline of Philosophy. Nudging my students to embrace new languages I say: “When you learn a new language you have access to new thoughts.” If you fancy a read that connects literature, culture, history,and psychology then this is for you.
2. Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Non Violence by Jose-Antonio Orosco. Orosco distinguishes Chavez’s approach from familiar leaders of nonviolence such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi. By integrating Chavez into the history of nonviolence, with his particular view of time for example, our understanding of this methodology flourishes. History, politics, and philosophy are woven together quite nicely in this work.
3. The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell. I sometimes recommend this book for people who want to dabble in philosophy. Russell outlines the dynamics of working towards happiness thereby emphasizing that it is a process rather than a simple emotion. What does the happy person look like? What are his habits? What brings about unhappiness?
4. The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston. This was a gift from hubs. I am a mystery novel junkie and this book did not disappoint. Preston traveled to Italy with the intention of researching for a novel but became entangled in the unsolved mystery of the “Monster of Florence.” He worked with an investigator to unearth the identity of the Italian serial killer and found himself uncomfortably wrapped up in the dubious legal process. You will be shaking your head at this intriguing account of a real detective adventure.
5. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. This book is excellent for anyone in the midst of writing no matter their skill. It will appeal to the college student struggling with a term paper, an advanced writer, or the blogger wrestling with topics to post. Goldberg offers fantastic advice and encourages one to write as a form of meditation. I return to this book whenever I feel stuck with writing.