Nie Ma – Mariusz Szczygieł

This was probably one of the most depressing books I read and am going to read this year. Yet, it is also by far one of the best ones. It moved me in ways I did not expect, made me cry and I do think because of it I was down throughout May (it might …

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Reporting the Troubles: Journalists tell their stories of the Northern Ireland conflict – Deric Henderson, Ivan Little

As riveting as the journalist's stories of the Troubles are this book had to wait a few months for its turn. I bought it last October, during the memorable bookshop crawl, in Housmans. I can now proudly say I read all the books I bought at Housmans (still a lot more reading to go through …

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Art Objects. Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery – Jeanette Winterson – Quotes

Art takes time. To spend an hour looking at a painting is difficult. The public gallery experience is one that encourages art at a trot. The average reader (and we must remember that the average reader does not exist before the late nineteenth century) is a product of modern schooling and conservative taste. T be …

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Art Objects. Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery – Jeanette Winterson

I do love the title of this book, with its subtle double meaning that is accentuated more and more in every single essay. This book is a collection of ten essays by Winterson on art, writing, reading, creating and collecting. To be honest, I expected it to be more focused on art in the classic …

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Duchologia polska: Rzeczy i ludzie w latach transformacji – Olga Drenda

Let's start with a bad translation of the title, to give you an idea what it's about: Polish ghostology: Things and people in the years of transformation. A bad one, I know... but bear with me. The years of transformation in Poland denote the period when communism ended and democracy started, there are no strict …

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance – Quotes

What they mean is that manufacturing jobs have gone overseas and middle-class jobs are harder to come by for people without college degrees. Fair enough - I worry about those things, too. But this book is about something else: what goes on in the lives of real people when the industrial economy goes south. It's …

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance

I read this book a few weeks ago, so to refresh my memory I went through my notes, but I also went on Goodreads, to take a look at some of the comments and reviews. I must admit I did not expect such a heated discussion. Being from Europe and only having been to the …

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