What I’m reading now? February, 2014

I haven’t shared or read properly in a while but find myself in the middle of a kind of ‘spree’ so I thought I’d share.

Dass_Ram_Grist_for_the Mill_140225aRam Dass – Grist for the Mill

Grist for the Mill has been taking up most of my reading time and I love it as much as I love all of Ram Dass’s writings.

From Ram Dass, one of America’s most beloved spiritual figures and bestselling author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now, comes this timeless classic about the experience of being and the risks and rewards of our spiritual path. Originally published in 1976, the book is fully revised with a new introduction.

The-Examined-Life-140225aGrosz, Stephen – The Examined Life

I bought this book with a voucher for Waterstones that I received for Christmas. The case studies so far are fascinating and not too fantastical. Simple and strange experiences pinpoint personal issues that offer lessons for ordinary life as well. I like it so far.

 

 

The Last Days of Detroit

The Last Days of DetroitI borrowed this one from the library. I find Detroit’s collapse just impossibly incredible and yet it is true. There are whole suburbs just left in ruins and abandoned. Tows with no services, house sold off for nothing.

 

Once America’s capitalist dream town, the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age, Detroit became the country’s greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the furthest. The city of Henry Ford, modernity, and Motown found itself blighted by riots, arson, unemployment, crime and corruption.

But what happens to a once-great place after it has been used up and discarded? Who stays there to try to make things work again? And what sorts of newcomers are drawn there?

filer_nathan_shock_of_the_Fall_140225aFiler, Nathan – The Shock of the Fall

Winner of the Costa Book Awards 2014 and a contender for my Bristol book tournament, the only question is why is it taking me so long to read this? I bought this one with my Waterstones voucher as well and it took a little longer than usual to add it to my phone because of the DRM Waterstones use. I won’t be buying from them again.

The Shock of the Fall is meant to cover mental health, loss and grief in an unsentimental manner.

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