What We Are Reading Today: 12 Rules for Life

What We Are Reading Today: 12 Rules for Life
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Updated 15 December 2021

What We Are Reading Today: 12 Rules for Life

What We Are Reading Today: 12 Rules for Life

Author: Jordan B. Peterson

In the 2018 self-help book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos,” Canadian author Jordan B. Peterson attempts to dissect complex psychological notions through a simple yet thought-provoking approach.
A clinical psychologist by training, having taught as a professor at the University of Toronto and  as an associate professor of psychology at Harvard University, Peterson encourages readers to dive into a vast realm of intellectual and spiritual avenues to find order in the midst of chaos; the book, a collection of essays, is an amalgamation of his clinical expertise and anecdotes from his personal life.
The topics covered by Peterson’s 12 rules include all manner of topics ranging from psychology and philosophy to theology and neuroscience.
Peterson’s world tour following the book’s publication reflected the impact it had, reaching over 250,000 people from 100 different cities, with “12 Rules for Life” going on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Slaying the Dragon

What We Are Reading Today: Slaying the Dragon
Updated 16 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Slaying the Dragon

What We Are Reading Today: Slaying the Dragon

Author: Ben Riggs 

Ben Riggs’s Slaying the Dragon reveals the true story of the rise and fall of TSR— the company that unleashed imaginations with Dungeons & Dragons.

Go behind the scenes of their Lake Geneva headquarters where innovative artists and writers redefined the sword and sorcery genre, managers and executives sabotaged their own success by alienating their top talent, accruing a mountain of debt, and agreeing to deals which that made them into a publishing company unable to publish so much as a postcard.

As epic and fantastic as the titles TSR published, Slaying the Dragon is the legendary tale of the rise and fall of the company that created the role-playing game world.


What We Are Reading Today: Sapiens

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Updated 16 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Sapiens

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  • The book explains how these revolutions impacted the relationship between human beings and other species of flora and fauna

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” is a non-fiction history and social philosophy book written by Prof. Yuval Noah Harari and published in 2011.

Harari based this book on a history class he was giving to undergraduate students. The contents of the 20 chapters reflect what is being taught in each of the 20 lectures during the semester.

Sapiens discusses world history from the inception of Earth 4.5 billion years ago to modern-day human footprint. Harari divides the timeline of history into four sections: the cognitive revolution, the agricultural revolution, the unification of humankind, and the scientific revolution.

The book explains how these revolutions impacted the relationship between human beings and other species of flora and fauna.

In section one, titled “The Cognitive Revolution,” there are four subcategories, with the first being “An Animal of No Significance,” that presents the reader with concise definitions of physics, chemistry, biology and history.

Section two, titled “The Agricultural Revolution,” discusses human beings’ domestication of plants and animals and explains that this revolution of interfering with naturally growing plants and wild animals started from western Iran, south-eastern Turkey and the Levant.

Section three, titled “The Unification of Humankind,” mentions that as agriculture required uniformity and cooperation between humans, the concept of collective rules and norms created the first structure of culture.

“The Scientific Revolution,” the final section, brings to light how human inventions and breakthroughs in the last 500 years catapulted humanity into a larger, more complex sphere of existence.

To put it into context, Harari highlights the first detonation of the atomic bomb — Oppenheimer’s weapon of mass destruction — in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16 1945.

Harari holds a Ph.D in history from the University of Oxford and is now a world history professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

He was awarded the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in 2009 and 2012. His bestseller and most remarkable publication Sapiens sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Left to Tell

What We Are Reading Today: Left to Tell
Updated 15 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Left to Tell

What We Are Reading Today: Left to Tell

Authors: Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee’s family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.

Incredibly, Immaculee survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them.

It was during those endless hours of unspeakable terror that Immaculee discovered the power of prayer, eventually shedding her fear of death.

She emerged from her bathroom hideout having discovered the meaning of truly unconditional love — a love so strong she was able seek out and forgive her family’s killers.

The triumphant story of this remarkable young woman’s journey through the darkness of genocide will inspire anyone whose life has been touched by fear, suffering, and loss.


What We Are Reading Today: The Making of the Modern Philippines by Philip Bowring

What We Are Reading Today: The Making of the Modern Philippines by Philip Bowring
Updated 14 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Making of the Modern Philippines by Philip Bowring

What We Are Reading Today: The Making of the Modern Philippines by Philip Bowring

The Philippines is an eclectic and unique mix of culture, environment, people and politics. Known mostly for natural disasters, migrant labor and dictatorial presidents, in this book Philip Bowing shows how it is much, much more, according to a review on goodreads.com.

Deftly navigating the history of this populous island republic, the book traces its history to define and explain its position in the modern world.

Looking past the headlines of volcanoes, earthquakes and violence, it asks why has the Filipino economy lagged behind its neighbors, and explores the importance of its location in geopolitics.

Taking the history of the Philippines from its pre-colonial era, through its Spanish and American occupations and up to the modern day, it unravels the complex politics, culture, peoples and economy of this rich and unique nation.

Engaging with challenges the Filipino people face today such as federalism, revolution, Mindanao, the diaspora, capitalism and relations with China, it rediscovers the struggles, culture and history of its past to understand the present.


What We Are Reading Today: Raising Lazarus

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Updated 13 August 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Raising Lazarus

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Author: Beth Macy

Raising Lazarus is a powerful book about the opioid crisis in America and how the drug companies continue to remain silent on the subject.
It is well-written and thoroughly researched.
Author Beth Macy has reported on the opiate epidemic through her successful book (which was made into a mini-series) Dopesick.
In this volume, she reports on the harm reduction community and the people trying to make a difference in the lives of addicted people on the street and marginalized communities.
This book provides a very enlightening insight into the immense resources needed to begin to tackle the epidemic.
Raising Lazarus follows the people with boots on the ground in the opioid crisis — the volunteers, advocates, families, and survivors fighting to save lives and heal broken and battered communities.
Macy digs deep into their struggles and reveals the terrible toll of the epidemic with a caring and compassionate lens.
She also weaves the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic into her analysis of what can only be described as a destructive tsunami of overdose deaths and injuries.