What We Are Reading Today: A Dominant Character by Samanth Subramanian

What We Are Reading Today: A Dominant Character by Samanth Subramanian
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Updated 23 November 2020

What We Are Reading Today: A Dominant Character by Samanth Subramanian

What We Are Reading Today: A Dominant Character by Samanth Subramanian

Beautifully written and richly detailed, Samanth Subramanian’s A Dominant Character recounts J. B. S. Haldane’s boisterous life and examines the questions he raised about the intersections of genetics and politics. 

Subramanian “does a great job of capturing Haldane’s early influences, especially that of his father, and how they led him to the life of science and politics that he led. Most of all, Haldane’s relentless restless curiosity comes through,” said a review in goodreads.com.

Subramanian “has written a well-researched biography that can help revive interest in one of 20th century’s most fascinating characters,” it added.

“The science in the book is very well reported — clear for a lay audience. Subramanian must be a competent communicator of science himself, besides being a good biographer,” it added. 

It said the book “discusses both virtues and vices of Haldane. It does a good job of conveying the extraordinary persona of Haldane and how he was who he was.”

Subramanian is the author of two books of reportage, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast and This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War.


What We Are Reading Today: The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin

What We Are Reading Today: The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin
Updated 18 January 2021

What We Are Reading Today: The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin

What We Are Reading Today: The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin

Five years ago, Lauren Martin was sure something was wrong with her. She had a good job in New York, an apartment in Brooklyn, yet every day she wrestled with feelings of inferiority, anxiety and irritability. It wasn’t until a chance encounter with a stranger who revealed that she also felt these things, that Lauren set out to better understand the hold that these moods had on her, how she could change them, and began to blog about the wisdom she uncovered. It quickly exploded into an international online community of women who felt like she did: Lost, depressed, moody, and desirous of change.

The Book of Moods shares Lauren’s journey to infuse her life with a sense of peace and stability. With observations that will resonate and inspire, she dives into the universal triggers every woman faces — whether it’s a comment from your mother, the relentless grind at your job, days when you wish the mirror had a Valencia filter, or all of the above. Blending cutting-edge science, timeless philosophy, witty anecdotes and effective forms of self-care, Martin has written a powerful, intimate, and incredibly relatable chronicle of transformation.