One recent trend in popular non-fiction titles has been authors publishing letters to their children explaining their fields of expertise in simple, yet personal and affecting language. In the right circumstance, there's something engaging about 'eavesdropping' on this advice and the tone of the writing is more emotionally engaging than a typical essay. Well-known mathematician and economist Varoufakis takes this technique as a way to breathe life into economics, a topic that has traditionally been perceived as dry and full of jargon. In writing to his daughter, he offers an user-friendly and humane introduction to core economic concepts and an interesting take on how flaws in structures of the free-market capitalist system lead to crashes, "too big to fail" banks and spiraling income inequality.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)