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- 📚 The Reading Journal #023
📚 The Reading Journal #023
Lying, A Little Life, The Intimate City and Longevity
The earliest known written record of a book dates back to the ancient Sumerians in 2400 BC. The book, called the Epic of Gilgamesh, is considered one of the first great works of literature. It tells the story of the hero Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk, and his adventures. The book was originally written on clay tablets and was later translated into other languages, including Akkadian and Babylonian. It remains an important cultural artifact to this day.
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📚 Staff Pick of the Week
Lying by Sam Harris
We all know that lying is wrong, but why is that? In Lying, Sam Harris explores the nature of deception and the consequences it can have on our lives and society. Drawing on science, philosophy, and real-world examples, Harris shows how lying undermines trust, distorts our perception of reality, and ultimately makes the world a worse place. But he also offers a way forward, showing how we can be more honest with ourselves and others, and create a more just and compassionate world. Lying is a provocative and thought-provoking look at a fundamental aspect of human nature.
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📈 Rising Quickly - Week of November 28, 2022
The Lords of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy
In the world of high finance, a few elite players control the flow of trillions of dollars. They are the lords of easy money, and they hold the global economy in the palm of their hands. Christopher Leonard takes us inside the secretive world of these financial titans, revealing the complex network of deals and connections that drives the markets. But as he uncovers the inner workings of this shadowy realm, Leonard also shows how the pursuit of easy money has led to financial instability, inequality, and corruption. The Lords of Easy Money is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true power dynamics of the global economy.
🪄 Most Talked About Fiction - Week of November 28, 2022
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life follows the lives of four friends as they navigate the challenges of adulthood in New York City. Jude, Willem, JB, and Malcolm come from different backgrounds and have their own struggles, but they form a close-knit bond that sees them through the good times and the bad. As they rise to the top of their respective fields, they must also grapple with Jude's dark past and the psychological trauma that threatens to destroy him. Hanya Yanagihara's novel is a heart-wrenching and deeply moving exploration of friendship, love, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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📚 Most Talked About Non-Fiction - Week of November 28, 2022
The Intimate City: Walking New York by Michael Kimmelman
New York City is a place of constant motion, where millions of people from all walks of life come together to create a vibrant and diverse metropolis. In The Intimate City, Michael Kimmelman takes us on a journey through the streets of New York, showing us the city through the eyes of its inhabitants. As he walks through the neighborhoods, Kimmelman introduces us to a cast of characters who reveal the hidden corners and stories of the city. Through their eyes, we see the beauty, the struggles, and the hope that make New York one of the greatest cities in the world. The Intimate City is a love letter to the city that never sleeps.
🆕 New and Noteworthy
Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia MD
As human beings, we have always been fascinated by the idea of living longer, healthier lives. In Outlive, Peter Attia takes us on a journey to explore the science and art of longevity. Drawing on the latest research from a range of fields, Attia shows us how our understanding of the aging process is evolving, and what we can do to slow it down. He also introduces us to some of the remarkable people who are pushing the boundaries of human longevity, and shares their stories of resilience and determination. Whether you're a scientist, a health enthusiast, or just curious about the secrets of longevity, Outlive is a must-read.
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