Featuring the much anticipated How did we get into this mess? by George Monbiot.
The switch / Chris Goodall.
“How will the world be powered in ten years’ time? Not by fossil fuels. Energy experts are all saying the same thing: solar photovoltaics (PV) is our future. …Solar panels are being made that will last longer than ever hoped; investors are seeing the benefits of the long-term rewards provided by investing in solar; in the Middle East, a contractor can now offer solar-powered electricity far cheaper than that of a coal-fired power station… (adapted from Syndetics summary)
How did we get into this mess? : politics, equality, nature / George Monbiot.
“George Monbiot is one of the most vocal, and eloquent, critics of the current consensus. How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. …How do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? What can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future?.. (adapted from Book jacket)
The fire this time : a new generation speaks about race / edited by Jesmyn Ward.
“National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. …Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The joy of tax : how a fair tax system can create a better society / Richard Murphy.
“…Whilst we may not like tax very much, in contrast it is clear that we really do like the public services which governments provide. So much so, in fact, that for most of the last 300 years, people have been more than happy for governments to run deficits by spending more than they raise in taxation. 2008 apparently changed all that. The issues of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity have dominated the political agenda ever since…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Les Parisiennes : how the women of Paris lived, loved, and died under Nazi occupation in the 1940’s / Anne Sebba.
“New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba explores a devastating period in Paris’s history and tells the stories of how women survived–or didn’t–during the Nazi occupation. Paris in the 1940s was a place of fear, power, aggression, courage, deprivation, and secrets. When the Nazis and the puppet Vichy regime began rounding up Jews to ship east to concentration camps, the full horror of the war was brought home and the choice between collaboration and resistance became unavoidable.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The new odyssey : the story of Europe’s refugee crisis / Patrick Kingsley.
“…Throughout 2015, Kingsley travelled to 17 countries along the migrant trail, meeting hundreds of refugees making epic odysseys across deserts, seas and mountains to reach the holy grail of Europe. This is Kingsley’s unparalleled account of who these voyagers are. It’s about why they keep coming, and how they do it. It’s about the smugglers who help them on their way, and the coastguards who rescue them at the other end. The volunteers that feed them, the hoteliers that house them, and the border guards trying to keep them out. And the politicians looking the other way…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
We’re all going to die / Dr. Leah Kaminsky.
“The one certainty about life is that everybody is going to die. Yet somehow as a society we have come to deny this central fact we ignore it, hoping it will go away. Ours is an aging society, where we are all living longer, healthier lives, yet we find ourselves less and less prepared for our inevitable end… As Leah says in this uplifting book, ‘If we truly open ourselves up to the experiences of those directly confronted with their own mortality, maybe we will overcome our own tunnel vision and decide to live our lives more fully.’–Backcover.” (Syndetics summary)
Tribe : on homecoming and belonging / Sebastian Junger.
“From the author of The Perfect Storm and War comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home. Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. …Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they’ve suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return… It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD… (adapted from Syndetics summary)
The 100-year life / Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott.
“Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time? Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement.But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse – life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers…” (Book jacket)