Some of these are pretty old, but I have been cleaning up my ol’ blog here and didn’t want to lose these gems, so here’s a cool trip down memory lane.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend.
By far one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a while. All of Me by Kim Noble is the true story of a woman who was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) – a condition where she shares her body with multiple personalities. These personalities share no memory of each other and are each completely individual humans with their own memories, lives, jobs and, sometimes in her past, their own apartments.
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‘The more clearly one sees this world, the more one is obliged to pretend it does not exist.’
A beautifully written book set in provincial France during the ’60s about a relationship between an American Yale dropout and a young French girl. Salter’s writing is short, sharp and illuminating with it’s descriptions. Unlike other older novels, this book isn’t flowery in it’s wording, which is refreshing.
Continue reading A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
“In America, killers pump themselves up on rap, but in Secondigliano they go off to kill with love songs in their ears.”
This is a really interesting book about the Camorra (or The System) —the Neapolitan mafia. Written by Roberto Saviano, a journalist and Naples native, he describes seeing his first murder at the age of fourteen.
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“In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers into the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.
Continue reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
This book was given to each of us at work about six months ago by our director. Given we recently went through a 20 per cent staff cut, I’m guessing she might have been trying to give us all a heads up.
Normally, I don’t much go in for the self-help style of book, but this one was pretty interesting. Firstly, it’s super short, I read it all on my bus trip into work. Continue reading Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson
Book club book #7:
If you’ve never read Bill Bryson, you really need to. I first picked up his ‘Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe’ in 2002, right about the time I was planning my own Europe trip. Since then I’ve weaved in and out of his works, never coming away disappointed; he’s a very entertaining writer. A very easy read and hard to put down kind of writer.
Continue reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
“A man should be like prosciutto: not too fat, not too skinny, not too beautiful, not too ugly.”
I’ve actually read this book before, but decided to I needed a good travel literature style book to come along with me to Thailand. Continue reading See Naples and Die by Penelope Green
What I really needed after a week of cities and traffic and pollution and freezing, rickety overnight buses was some relax time. And I think the best place do that was in Krabi – southern Thailand.
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Welcome to Chiang Mai! Where you from?Chiang Mai is the largest city in Thailand, though somehow more calming than Bangkok. If I had to do my trip again, I would have booked more time in Chiang Mai and less in Bangkok. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Bangkok, but it is an exhausting and busy city.
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