Day 150. New books for 2013

In January 2013 on January 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm


Although I cancelled my subscription to The Australian a couple of years ago, I do miss several of its sections – Higher Education, Media and a few others.

On holidays and feeling slightly forgiving, we bought the January 5-6 edition: I lapped up the Review lift out describing new books for 2013. Here are a few I’m looking forward to the most this year:

Big Brother

Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin was one of the most enthralling, terrible and brilliant books I’ve read. In May this year her latest novel Big Brother will be released. As described by her publisher Fourth Estate at Harper Collins,

Big Brother tackles a constellation of issues surrounding obesity: why we overeat, whether extreme diets ever work in the long run, and how we treat fat people.

The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies

I enjoyed Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel, recommended by my US Navy boss working in Indonesia. His latest book The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies – published by Allen Lane – is available now, and provides Diamond’s personal insights into

how tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years – until virtually yesterday, in evolutionary terms – and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature.

and the notion that

the West achieved global dominance due to specific environmental and technological advantages, but Westerners do not necessarily have superior ideas about how to live well.

Running With the Pack

For something completely different, and for a gal recently new to running like myself, I’m going to sniff out Running With the Pack by American philosopher Mark Rowlands, in which the author

explores the intimate relationship between running and thinking, especially thoughts about the meaning of life.


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