Welcome to a special series of posts in the run up to the holiday season! I asked some of the lovely authors that have previously appeared on the site about their Christmas book recommendations for this year. They graciously replied with some fantastic book picks! Hopefully these book recommendations might help you with your own Christmas shopping gift ideas too! :-)
Q. Is there a smart thinking book that you are looking forward to reading this Christmas, or one you would like to give or receive as a gift?
Sure. This one - The Color of Money : Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap. Best book I read all year.
You can read Mark's previous interview & book recommendations here, and please also check out Mark's book Angrynomics:
I would choose - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I made a pact with myself to read books outside my usual comfort zone. I fell in love with the story and so utterly believed it. What a film this would make.
My recommendation: Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone.
I can't think of a single person who wouldn't benefit—and feel seen!—from reading this, which is why I plan to buy it as a gift for many friends. Jaffe is a sharp writer and rigorous thinker who provides the reader with endlessly relatable stories of workplace frustration and exploitation. She shows where organizing can take us and the necessary tools to finally bring about change.
They say that reading the Divine Comedy changes your life - let’s see!
In between that heavy lifting, I’m looking forward to This Has Been Absolutely Lovely by Jessica Dettman, praised as having ‘humour and heart’, ‘a story of growing up and giving in, of parents and children, of hope and failure, of bravery and defied exceptions, and whether it is ever too late to try again.’
Can’t wait - reckon I’ll start halfway through Dante’s Purgatory!
Yes, It's The Spirit of the River by Declan Murphy.
Declan's profound immersion in the life of a small strech of a single river in Wicklow left me in a tailspin, seeing nature in a way I had never dreamt of experiencing it before. He is a profound,, patience and perceptive observer of nature. You come away from the book with a whole new wonder about the drama and complexity of the lives of birds - kingfishers and woodpeckers especially.
The Pyrocene: How we created an age of fire and what happens next by Stephen J. Pyne.
Pyne is the Homer of global fire studies, gifted with a clear, powerful voice and world-encompassing knowledge. There is no one better to guide us through the changing, and frightening, new age of man-made fire.
Huge thanks & míle buíochas to Mark, Sue, Joanne, Susannah, Manchán & Wade for their great Christmas book picks!
Watch out next week for Part I of the series with more author recommendations :-)
Image Copyrights: Harvard University Press (The Color of Money), Agenda Publishing (Angrynomics), Pan Macmillan (Spinning Silver, The Divine Comedy), C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd (Work Won't Love You Back), Picador USA (Lurking), HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (This has Been Absolutely Lovely), Affirm Press (Grumble Boats), The Lilliput Press Ltd (The Spirit of the River), Gill (Tree Dogs, Banshee Fingers and Other Irish Words for Nature), University of California Press (The Pyrocence),Amberley Publishing (Dream Cities).