Let me share an eclectic list of recommended books for these times of confinement. Mostly fiction to relax the mind. Some of them you can find translated to Spanish.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Dominican American author Junot Díaz. A great novel with an amazing writing style about a Dominican family starting in the times of dictator Trujillo. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. A science fiction novel in a dystopian future. Looking forward to reading the recent sequel as well.
- The Electric State by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. A science fiction graphic novel in another dystopian future. Great combination of amazing illustration with short text. It is sequel to Tales from the Loop which is now a series in Amazon Video.
- The City & the City by British author China Miéville. Another science fiction detective story in an interesting and unusual setting.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. An autobiographical graphic novel of a girl growing up in revolutionary Iran.
- Essays in Love by philosopher Alain de Botton. A mix of a novel with an essay explaining in delightful prose the stages of a love relationship.
- Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by New York Times writer Mike Isaac. An entertaining non-fiction book chronicling the history of Uber from foundation to its IPO. Despite its financial success, a showcase of many unethical behaviors.
- The Big Nine by Amy Webb. A non-fiction description of what the largest tech superpower companies (Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Facebook in the US and Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent in China) are doing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and different possible evolution scenarios for this technology.
- When The War Was Over: Cambodia And The Khmer Rouge Revolution by Elizabeth Becker. The terrifying story of how the Khmer Rouge started, came to power and was finally defeated in Cambodia. Personally, I knew very little of this genocide and this book is great explaining it although it has some sections are too repetitive making the book very slow at times. It is shocking and disgusting to learn how the rest of the world did almost nothing to stop this genocide.
- Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by journalist Barbara Demick. Real stories of North Korean refugees that provide a detailed photo of the daily life in the secretive and bizarre country.
Enjoy. Comments welcome.
Here are my previous recommendations.
Re: the Alain the Botton book, have you watched his discourse at the Sydney Opera?
I haven’t seen it. Do you recommend it?
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