Book recommendations – May 2022

Below you will find a selection of books I recommend from what I read in the twelve months. An exciting combination of fiction and non-fiction.

Fiction

  • The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. A climate-fiction novel that presents a plausible future for the planet as the planet heats with the continuing burning of fossil fuels.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert. I read this for the first time when I was in my teens and it fascinated me. Recently decided to read the book again before seeing the new movie adaptation, which by the way I highly recommend as well. A deeply rich future with a very political plot.
  • Nuestra parte de noche by Mariana Enríquez. I really enjoyed this horror novel that presents a very elaborated dark world. This book from an emerging Argentinian female writer has won several awards. I believe an English version has not been released yet.
  • Las cosas que perdimos en el fuego (Things We Lost in the Fire) by Mariana Enríquez. Short horror stories written before the novel above.
  • Cadaver exquisito (Tender is the Flesh) by Agustina Bazterrica. Shocking dystopian world where cannibalism has been legalized. From another emerging Argentinian female writer of horror stories.
  • The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Another dystopian world.
  • Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. It is a pleasure to read another novel by the amazing Japanese writer Murakami. Slow prose in a story of love, loneliness, and misconnections.
  • Bestiario by Julio Cortázar. Great short stories by the Argentinian writer.
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. Another novel in a dystopian world caused by climate change.

Non-fiction

  • The Cult of We by Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell. A very entertaining story of WeWork and its founder Adam Neumann, showing some of the excesses of the startup culture.
  • What money can’t buy by Michael J. Sandel. A comprehensive economic analysis of markets that can’t be run by monetary incentives.
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle. A memoir and feminist manifesto by the writer.
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. Fascinating book on the early history of our species. As always, Harari never disappoints.

I hope you enjoy some of them. Comments welcome.

Here are my previous recommendations.

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