My favourite memoir, so far, this year

IMG_3072I’m certainly not the first person to be recommending Tara Westover’s Educated to you. But if all the shooting star worth praise hasn’t convinced you yet, let me try and tell you why you should be reading this memoir.

It opens with a gorgeous description of rural Idaho, the Indian Princess mountain as it’s rugged backdrop, into the home of one family at odds with the rest of the world. Tara Westover was born in 1986 to survivalist Mormon parents without any trace of documentation to account for/or register her birth. Continue reading

The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

IMG_2541It’s taken me a month and half to finish this mammoth of a book, the Middlemarch of medical non-fiction, The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer. It has been one of the most informative reads I’ve ever read. Mukherjee presents a very complex topic in an accessible and interesting way striking the perfect balance in being descriptive without being overbearing & clinical. Though this book is as accessible as a biography of Cancer can possibly get, it still is a very challenging read and certainly not a breeze to get through. So in that sense it feels like an achievement just to have finished it.

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Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

IMG_0176.JPGCategory: Non Fiction, Investigative Journalism
Rating: 4 to 4.5/5
Author: Gary Younge

As of March 8th, there have been at least 14 incidents of school shootings in the United States in 2018. This roughly sums up to 1 to 2 incidents a week, and that is only considering shootings that have taken place in school grounds and ones in which children or teens have been the victims or perpetrators. In the current climate, this piece of investigative journalism by Gary Younge is incredibly relevant, eye opening, Continue reading

Intense, heartbreaking reads


“Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves the single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast, a lump of meat? To be degraded, slaughtered – is this the essential of humankind, one which history has confirmed as inevitable?” – Han Kang, Human Acts


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Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O’Toole

fullsizeoutput_4525Girls will be Girls by Emer O’Toole is an engaging, witty & interesting look at gender performances, sexuality and how we might do things differently. Gleaning from her own experiences and experimentation with identity, O’Toole challenges the very fabric of societal construct and the way we are socially conditioned to identify, associate and perform our actions & behave in accordance to our gender. Despite the fact that most of us may claim to be feminist, or at least believe in feminist ideas and an egalitarian society, at an intrinsic level we easily accept sexist biases without really questioning it.

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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACategory: Non Fiction, Memoirs, Medicine
Rating: 4/5
Author: Paul Kalanithi

As much as it’s about death, it’s about life, and time and our existence and the fragility of it and how it can be plucked away abruptly, like a single blade of grass uprooted from soil. It is an introspection, a quiet mediation, a remainder on the importance of relationships and people in an age surrounded by digital screens and distractions.

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