What We Are Reading Today: The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

Updated 01 September 2018

What We Are Reading Today: The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

Why is Europe’s great monetary endeavor, the euro, in trouble? A string of economic difficulties in Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and other eurozone nations has left observers wondering whether the currency union can survive. In this book, Markus Brunnermeier, Harold James, and Jean-Pierre Landau argue that the core problem with the euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the eurozone, particularly Germany and France, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. But the authors also show how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure europe’s survival.
As the authors demonstrate, Germany, a federal state with strong regional governments, saw the Maastricht Treaty, the framework for the Euro, as a set of rules. France, on the other hand, with a more centralized system of government, saw the framework as flexible, to be overseen by governments.

— Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James & Jean-Pierre Landau


What We Are Reading Today: Horror Stories: A Memoir by Liz Phair

Updated 14 October 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Horror Stories: A Memoir by Liz Phair

  • This is a brilliantly written and completely honest, intimate and endearing memoir

The two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville traces her life and career in a genre-bending memoir in stories about the pivotal moments that haunt her.

Horror Stories “is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all of our isolated shames and draws them out into the light, uniting us in our shared imperfection, our uncertainty and our cowardice, smashing the stigma of not being in control,” said a review published in goodreads.com. 

“But most importantly, the uncompromising precision and candor of Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal experiences into tales about each and every one of us,” it added.

“This is a brilliantly written and completely honest, intimate and endearing memoir. It is refreshing to read a memoir that is more than just facts; one that also shares the personal feelings; personal stories and moments; the courage and despair; the pain and reality that distinguish each of us and make us who we are,” said the review.

Phair’s album Exile in Guyville was chosen as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.