Category Archives: non-fiction

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil

Product info (from Goodreads): We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by … Continue reading

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Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein

Product info (from Goodreads): A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. My impressions: Do you think superwealthy people love … Continue reading

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The Partenon by Mary Beard

Product info: Oscar Wilde compared it to a white goddess, Evelyn Waugh to Stilton cheese. In observers from Lord Byron to Sigmund Freud to Virginia Woolf it met with astonishment, rapture, poetry, even tears–and, always, recognition. Twenty-five hundred years after … Continue reading

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This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Product info: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales … Continue reading

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Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler

Product info (from Goodreads): Norman Ohler investigates the murky, chaotic world of drug use in the Third Reich. There have been other books on Dr Morell’s cocktail of treatments for Hitler and Goering’s reliance on drugs, but Ohler’s book is … Continue reading

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Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

Product description (shortened version from Goodreads): Byzantium. The name evokes grandeur and exoticism–gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire’s millennium–long … Continue reading

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Review: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Chang Jung

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The story of three generations in twentieth-century China that blends the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history—a bestselling classic in thirty languages with more than ten million copies sold around the world, now … Continue reading

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Review: Take a Closer Look by Daniel Arasse (translated from French by Alyson Waters)

I got this one as a gift from Tasha/heidenkind whose lovely book blog is always worth a visit– thank you very much for your generosity! Summary: It is a series of six rather short but very original essays about some … Continue reading

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Book to movie review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed vs. Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (2014) and written by Nick Hornby

Synopsis: A road to hell or a road to redemption? A foolish project of an unbalanced individual or a life-saving pilgrimage? After a premature death of her beloved mother and a divorce Cheryl nose-dived into troubles. She dropped out of … Continue reading

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Review: A House Is Not a Home by Polly Adler

Synopsis (from Amazon.com): Polly Adler’s “house” — the brothel that gave this best-selling 1953 autobiography its title — was a major site of New York City underworld activity from the 1920s through the 1940s. Adler’s notorious Lexington Avenue house of … Continue reading

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