The Book List #45

The Book List #45

Room by Emma Donoghue

year: 2010 | pages: 321 | rating: 5/5

Room is told entirely from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, a curious and sensitive little boy who lives in a single room with his Ma. The room is his entire world - their entire world; together they eat, sleep, learn, and play but they never leave. This book broke my heart in so many ways. Room is powerful and haunting, yet in the end, uplifting.

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

year: 2006 | pages: 558 | rating: 4/5

A tough read to get through, Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine discusses how Milton Friedman's free market economic revolution was not a peaceful global victory but an explotative way of using shock and extreme violence to enforce economic policies. Klein identifies how "disaster capitalism" takes advantage of large-scale and violent events by capitalising on these atrocities in order to advance radical privatization. Tough, hard going, yet a truly important book.

The Book List #45

Start Where You Are: A Journal For Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel

year: 2015 | pages: 128 | rating: 3/5

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal encouraging creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. Featuring a mix of hand-lettered quotes, open-ended questions, and creative prompts; combining elements of writing, drawing, and reflection to motivate and inspire. It's a lovely book for anyone seeking to invite a little more creativity and spontaneity into their lives.

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

year: 1996 | pages: 636 | rating: 4/5

Alias Grace is the fictional retelling of the notorious muders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery in 1843. Grace Marks and James McDermott were convicted of the crime, McDermott was hanged and Marks was sentenced to life imprisonment. Margaret Atwood rewrites this story mostly from the perspective of Grace Marks and through her conversations with Simon Jordan, a (fictional) doctor. While it can take a little while to really get stuck into this hefty tome, Alias Grace is an intriguing story that raises questions about Marks' real life culpability.