Generally the books proffered at this time of year are "fluffy";
light and inconsequential.
I decided to offer an alternative list of lesser known books and authors that will be provocative and intriguing. Definitely thought provoking.
(Note. I have a direct connection with only 3 of these books. The rest I suggest because they were good reads). For convenience I have loosely grouped them.
As an election is imminent here are some books which made me realize how lucky I am to be able to vote and how important it is to exercise that right:
23 things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
Ha-Joon Chang .
Clearly explains intricacies of Capitalism
The Veiled Kingdom
Carmen Bin Laden
The account of life of women in Saudi Arabia
The State of Africa
Account of political journey of African countries after independence
Thinking of getting a dog for Christmas; Be prepared with some reading
The Genius of Dogs
A scientific study of dogs. Very Interesting to all "doggie" people both experienced dog owners and those thinking of getting a dog
My Friend Ruby
An account of how a dog can change a life
Thinking of holidays. Some books to ponder upon over the festive season
Cream Teas, Traffic Jams and Sunburn
Brits on holiday. Enjoyable and amusing read but informative. Do you recognze yourself in any of the examples? I certainly did.
Wonderful Walks from Dog-friendly campsites throughout the UK
Dog Friendly campsites to visit and directions for walks from them.
Botswana & Namibia
Places to see in these 2 African countries.
World War 11 Theme
A few of the many books about the second world war.
Secret Life of Bletchley Park
Fascinating account of a place that remained unknown for decades despite over 8000 people working there at one time.
The amazing account of how Hitler was mis-informed by the allies.
Story of 2 ordinary men in extraordinary times.
Wojtek the Bear
The story of the bear that accompanied a Polish unit during WW2.
Uplifting but unfortunately it does not end happily.
Books that will probably make you appraise and re-evaluate
Thinking Fast and Slow
An analysis of thinking; why do some people cope better than others
The Silk Roads
History of Globalization from BC to modern day.
A study of depression; its causes and treatments.
A Little Light Read
Quick reads to pass the time.
Ladies No. 1 Dectecitive Agency
Alexander McCall Smith
A series of detective stories set in Botswana
A Gift that keeps on Giving
An antidote to all the seemingly depressing news
A quarterly journal that reports on ordinary people doing extraordinarily wonderful things