Sunday, February 12, 2012

Books for January, a Little Late

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Final Acts: Death, Dying and the Choices We Make edited by Nan Brauer-Maglin and Donna Perry. You probably won't want to read this unless, like me, you belong to a discussion group on death and dying. I found it a fascinating collection of essays about the choices people make or don't make on how they wish to die.

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell. I love Gladwell's work. I have all his books. This is a collection of essays he wrote for The New Yorker. One is about the way the advertising of Clairol and L'oreal mirror the women's movement in the twentieth century; another discusses how much easier it is to interpret intelligence information in hindsight than in the present; another about the birth control pill and how it was mishandled; another, the one that gives the book its name, about a dog whisperer. A great read.

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. One of my book club's picks. We jump from current to classic, and this is certainly a classic. Short, profound, beautifully written search for enlightenment.



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