Category: Non-Fiction

Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

In Letters to a Young Contrarian, bestselling author and world-class provocateur Christopher Hitchens inspires the radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, and angry young (wo)men of tomorrow. Exploring the entire range of “contrary positions”–from noble dissident to gratuitous nag–Hitchens introduces the next generation to the minds and the misfits who influenced him, invoking such mentors as Emile Zola,

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this account of his affliction, he describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around

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No One Left to Lie to: The Values of the Worst Family by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions – of liberals and conservatives alike – of this

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Dishonesty is the Second-Best Policy: And Other Rules to Live By by David Mitchell: Book Review

We’ve gone from UKIP surge to Brexit shambles, from horsemeat in lasagne to Donald Trump in the White House, from Woolworths going under to all the other shops going under. It’s probably socially irresponsible even to attempt to cheer up. But if you’re determined to give it a go, you might enjoy this eclectic collection

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The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens: Book Review

“It is past time that she [Mother Teresa] was subjected to the rational critique that she has evaded so arrogantly and for so long.” This final statement made in the Afterword of this sharp whip-crack of a book is the reason for both its existence, and the reading of its content. So often, whether we

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The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray: Book Review

I suggest that anyone who finds themselves in the position of having an opinion, or several opinions, on the issue of immigration, but is struggling to convince others, or even themselves, that their conclusions are based in an infallible understanding of the situation, this book is the perfect place to start

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray: Book Review

In his devastating new book The Madness of Crowds, Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality. We are living through a postmodern era

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Non-Fiction Books TBR

The tbr list is never ending. It’s both a blessing and a curse to have so many books out there! Non-Fiction, however, is a genre I do not put onto my tbr list nearly enough. I recently thought about how I need to incorporate a little factual reading into my reading routine, so here’s a

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg: Book Review

‘Everything needs to change. And it has to start today’ In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day. Her actions ended up sparking a global movement for action against the climate crisis, inspiring millions of pupils to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida: Book Review

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic

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