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Being Well Read: February Picks


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Phil, Queen's Square | February 1, 2018

In January, I made the bold suggestion that together we could become better read. To that end, I made a suggestion of titles to read each month, with the intent to help understand issues and to think deeply about the world in which we live.

Last month I read the following books: Ghost Orchard by Helen Humphries (a history of apples in North America); Spineless by Juli Berwald (everything you could possibly want to know about jellyfish); The Reckoning by Nathan Greenfield (the stories of WWI Canadian prisoners of war); Saboteur (about French war hero Robert de La Rochefoucauld); and All the Beloved Ghosts (a collection of short stories from Alison MacLeod). Click on the link to the book to place a hold on the book, read my review of each title, and add your review to the title too.

So what’s up for February? This month I’ll be reading: Written World: the Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner; What the Qu’ran Meant and Why it Matters by Garry Wills; Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell; Wolf Season by Helen Benedict; and Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with the Mysteries and Meanings of Language by Daniel Tammet.   

Let’s get reading!

The Written WorldWhat the Qur'an Meant and Why it MattersWater Will ComeWolf SeasonEvery Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing