11 books to read: December 2020

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A famous saying goes, “the more books we keep in our home library, the more resistant we become to the adversities of the real world.” A book is a universal and appropriate gift in any situation and for people of all generations who love the written word. A book is a gift whose value never fades. When you give a book to book lovers, then you have given these people a whole new world, a new journey, fun and entertainment. You have ennobled these people at the same time with the book.
These 11 literary titles will delight every lover of books and reading. For those who are not lovers of reading, it will surely awaken a love for literature.
1.”Dress Your Best Life” (by Dawnn Karen) – the author of the book is a psychologist. The author of the book says that we subconsciously associate glittering things with water, which is the source of life and for which we are instinctively programmed to seek it. Author Karen further explains in the book that this natural effect of attraction also makes us more attractive and improves our mood. “Wearing glittery make-up or clothes can instill a sense of new strength and optimism,” explains Dr. Karen in her book. https://www.instagram.com/dr.dawnnkaren https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdawnnkaren
2.The “Louis Vuitton Catwalk” book provides an overview of all collections from Marc Jacobs to today’s Nicolas Ghesquière. Each collection is described in a book to reveal the company’s most prominent determinants of fashion expression and the catwalk. She reveals the details and beauty of the scenography and the models who wore these fashion collections. The book contains more than 1350 top photos. http://www.louisvuitton.com
3.”Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” (by Pope Francis and his English biographer Austen Ivereigh) is a new book by Pope Francis and his English biographer Austen Ivereigh. In a new book, Pope Francis first calls the Uighurs (a Muslim ethnic group in China) a ‘persecuted’ people, after human rights activists called on him to do so for years.
‘I often think of persecuted peoples: Rohingya, poor Uighurs, Yazidis,’ the Pope said in a chapter of the book in which he also talks about persecuted Christians in Islamic countries. This is the first time he mentions Uighurs. Religious leaders, human rights activists and governments have said that crimes against humanity and genocide are being committed against the Uyghurs in the Chinese region of Xinjiang. There are more than a million people in the camps. In the book “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”, the Holy Father also says that the Covid-19 pandemic should encourage governments to consider the permanent establishment of a universal basic income. He says that people who believe that carrying protective masks of coercion imposed by the state ‘victims only in their imagination’. The 150-page book was written by the Holy Father with his English biographer Austen Ivereigh. In it, the Holy Father talks about the economic, social and political changes needed to address inequality after the end of the pandemic. The book goes on sale on December 1, 2020.
4.Girl, Woman, Other (by Bernadine Evaristo) – this is a sensational and multi-award winning novel. The novel is being translated in more than 30 countries around the world. The novel won the prestigious Booker Prize. The author Evaristo made history as the first black woman to receive this prestigious award. http://www.bevaristo.com

This is a UK you haven’t read about yet. This is a UK no one has written about yet. From Newcastle to Cornwall, from great-grandmothers born in the early twentieth century to teenagers of the twenty-first century. The novel follows its 12 characters on personal journeys through space and time over the past hundred years. Each of the characters in the novel is looking for something – a common history, an unexpected future, a place she could call home, a sense of belonging, a lover, a lost mother or father, or just a glimmer of hope. Throughout a century of change and growth, struggle and the life novel follows its very different characters on an intertwined journey of discovery.This is a novel about the future and the past. This novel is fiction and history. This is a novel about who we are today.
Bernardine Evaristo is a British writer and winner of many awards. The main features of her prose are courage, experimental approach, subversiveness and re-examination of the myths of the diverse history and identity of the African diaspora. The author has tried writing through several different genres (poetry, novel in verse, short stories, short stories and novels in prose and radio and theater dramas, literary essays and reviews). Evaristo has won numerous awards: Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, EMMA Best Book Award , Big Red Read, Orange Youth Panel Award, NESTA Fellowship Award and Arts Council Writer’s Award. Her works have been named “Book of the Year” thirteen times

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British newspapers and magazines. The novel in verse The Emperor’s Babe won the title of “Book of the Decade” by the British Sunday Times. The novella “Hello Mum” was chosen as one of the twenty titles for World Book Night 2014. The writer is a member of the Royal Society of Literature since 2004 and the Royal Society of Arts since 2006, and in 2009 she was awarded the Knighthood of the Order of the British Empire ( MBE).
Works include the following titles: MR LOVERMAN (Penguin, 2013), HELLO MUM (Penguin, 2010), LARA (Bloodaxe, 2009), BLONDE ROOTS (Penguin, 2008), SOUL TOURISTS (Penguin, 2005), THE EMPEROR’S BABE (Penguin, 2001), the first version of the novels LARA (ARP 1997) and ISLAND OF ABRAHAM (Peepal Tree, 1994). Adaptations of the novel The Emperor’s Babe and the novella Hello Mum have been published on BBC Radio 4. Her essays, articles and other non-literary texts can be found in numerous publications. Evaristo is the editor and guest editor of several literary and non-literary publications.
Evaristo is an active literary critic for the British national newspapers Guardian and Independent and a member of the jury for many literary awards (National Poetry Competition, TS Eliot Award and Next Generation Poet’s List, and awards for young authors Orange First Novel Award). Bernardine Evaristo was born in Woolwich, south-east London, as the fourth of eight children of an English mother and a Nigerian father. The father was a welder and a local Labor MP. The mother is a teacher. She attended Eltham Hill Girls’ High School, the Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama Academy of Drama, and a doctorate in creative writing from London’s Goldsmiths University. As a teenager, she starred in the Greenwich Young People Theater. He currently lives with his wife in London.
5. Everything I know about love (by Dolly Alderton) – is a youth book (the author is 30 years old). The book was a big hit in the UK. It was named the best autobiography of the year. The book is youthfully written very openly, wittily, almost in the tradition of the best literature of English humor. Although this book is contemporary youth literature, it also has its roots in books once written by the greats of that somewhat cynical English humor, P.G Wodehouse and Jerome K. Jerome. Talk about everything what a young girl can feel and think. The author also writes very openly when she writes about her love life. There are various things that girls would sometimes not say about themselves in public, even under the threat of weapons. http://www.dollyalderton.com
THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2018
Dolly Alderton (1988), a British-Canadian journalist and writer, who gained public attention with her youthful columns in the influential London weekly The Sunday Times. Her first book, “Everything I Know About Love,” was named Autobiography of the Year by the National Book Award. She wrote the novel “Ghosts”, which was published in October 2020. She is engaged in recording television shows.
6. We should all be feminists (by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Illustrated by Spanish illustrator: Leire Salaberria) http://www.chimamanda.com
In this book, the award-winning Nigerian writer with the American address Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie adapted her famous TED speech of the same title to the children, which resonated strongly all over the world. What it means to be a feminist, why gender equality is important, how to change the fact that there are still not many women in important positions in society, are some of the questions the author answers.

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Today I would like to ask all people to start dreaming and planning a different world together. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women, more faithful to what they truly are. Around was my best friend. He was fun and smart and always wore cowboy boots. He lived in my street and he was like an older brother to me. We could talk about anything and we often laughed. Around was the first to call me a feminist. I didn’t know exactly what that word meant, but I didn’t want to show it to him. And that’s why I didn’t react, but kept talking about the book I read. Soon after, I went home and looked up that word in the dictionary.
Feminist, feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of men and women.
7. A tale of Love and Darkness (by Amos OZ) is a true masterpiece. This is one of those books that everyone should read. Probably the most important novel by Amos Oz. Oz is a great man of world literature, who has reaffirmed himself in this book as a true wizard of language and storytelling.
8. The Books of Jacob (by Olga Tokarczuk) is a powerful historical novel by the Nobel Prize winner for literature. This is a novel which pushes the boundaries of literature, which is simply more than literature. http://www.culture.pl http://www.krakowcityofliterature.com
9. Gone Girl (by Gyllian Flynn) – is a sharp relentless psychological thriller based on the acclaimed film by director David Fincher starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It’s one of those superbly written books that you can’t drop from your hands until you finish them.

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10. Time of the magicians (by Wolfram Eilenberger)- will delight anyone who loves philosophy. This vivid, ingenious, and beautifully narrative-style book describes the period between 1919 and 1929, when Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, and Cassirer became philosophers of world importance.

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11. Jacob’s Ladder, a novel that vividly shows why Ljudmila Ulicka is constantly mentioned as a promising candidate for the Nobel Prize. This is a book that follows with a lot of empathy the destinies of several unusual heroes through several different epochs; a book through which we will better understand Russia. She was given the most prominent Russian literary award called “The Big Book” for this book. Ulitskaya is also the laureate of the Man Booker International Prize and Neustadt International Prize for Literature.In her books she mostly writes about: the need for religious and ethnic tolerance; the problem of the intelligentsia in Soviet culture; how women shape new gender roles in society; and everyday life as a literary subject. Ulitskaya is also known as a staunch opponent of Putin. New Yorker magazine writes: “In recent years, as Russia has grown politically repressive and culturally conservative, Ulitskaya’s fiction, which addresses both religion and politics, has moved in for a confrontation. Increasingly, Ulitskaya has also become a public intellectual. During the anti-Putin protests of 2011 and 2012, Ulitskaya joined the board of the League of Voters, which tried to coordinate and direct the disparate components of the protests. She continued speaking out even after the protests were crushed; by the end of this past summer, she, along with a handful of other writers and a couple of musicians, had been branded a traitor for her opposition to the war in Ukraine.” https://www.serbianmonitor.com/

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