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Recommended Reading: February 2010

BookgenericBe inspired, motivated, challenged and intrigued by this month's selection of books.







Cultures of Fear
Edited by Uli Linke and Danielle Taana Smith
Palgrave Macmillan

Cultures_fearIn Cultures of Fear, a truly world-class line up of scholars explore how governments use fear in order to control their citizens. The "social contract" gives modern states responsibility for the security of their citizens, but this collection argues that governments often nurture a culture of fear within their contries.

When people are scared of "terrorist" threats, or "alarming rises" in violent crime they are more likely to accept oppressive laws from their rulers. Cultures of Fear is and interdisciplinary reader for students of anthropology and politics.

Contributors include Noam Chomsky, Slavoj Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, Catharine MacKinnon, Neil Smith, Cynthia Enloe, David L. Altheide, Cynthia Cockburn and Carolyn Nordstrum.






The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women
Barbara Seaman
Seven Stories Press

Hormones_experimentWith the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the “menopause industry” and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems—including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke—than it cures.

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of synthetic estrogen through the unconscionable and misleading promotion of a dangerous drug.








Living Life as a Thank You
Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons
Viva Editions

Thank_youLiving as if each day is a thank you can help transform fear into courage, anger into forgiveness, and isolation into belonging. Authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons present a simple yet comprehensive approach for incorporating gratitude into one's life and reaping its many benefits.

The book is divided into ten chapters, including "Ways to Stay Thankful in Difficult Times," "Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice," and "Putting Gratitude into Action." Each chapter includes stories of individuals whose lives have been transformed by thankfulness, motivational quotes and blessings, and suggested gratitude practices.

Whatever is given—even a challenging moment—is a gift. With this book, you will be able to feel more connected to the flow of life and less alone in your struggles and fears.





The Wayfinders
Wade Davis
UWA Publishing

WayfindersThis year’s best selling Massey Lecture – The Wayfinders – takes readers on a journey through time on a discovery of ancient wisdoms, languages and cultures.

Some are already extinct, others are quickly on their way out. It is estimated that 50% of the languages spoken today will disappear in our lifetime.

The Wayfinders is an enlightening, awe-inspiring and cautionary look at vanishing cultures and languages from one of the world’s most celebrated and distinguished anthropologists.







Not Yet
Wayson Choy

Not_yetFramed by Wayson Choy’s two brushes with death, Not Yet is an intimate and insightful study of one man’s reasons for living.

In 2001, Wayson Choy suffered a combined asthma-heart attack. As he lay in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, his days punctuated by the beeps of the machines that were keeping him alive, Choy heard the voices of his ancestors warning him that without a wife, he would one day die alone.

And yet through his ordeal Choy was never alone; men and women, young and old, from all cultures and ethnicities, stayed by Choy’s side until he was well. When his heart failed him a second time, four years later, it was the strength of his bonds with these people, forged through countless acts of kindness, that pulled Choy back to his life.

Not Yet is a passionate, sensitive, and beautiful exploration of the importance of family, which in Choy’s case is constituted not through blood but through love. It is also a quiet manifesto for embracing life, not blind to our mortality, but knowing how lucky we are for each day that comes.



Is It Just Me Or Has the Shit Hit the Fan?
Steve Lowe and Alan Mcarthur

ShitFirst the crisis, now The Reckoning - but funny. The authors of Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit?, the bestselling satire of the credit and consumerism culture that wondered when it would all go wrong, now wonder why the people picking up the pieces are rushing headlong to get back to business as usual.

From Sarkozy to Obama, bank bailouts to enviro-copouts, people getting overly obsessed with The Wire to economists lining up to explain away their credulity; a rumination on the fact that Jordan is actually rich enough to buy General Motors following its share crash; plus a hard-hitting analysis of Bob the Builder... this is an all-out, hilarious assault against the new worldwide crisis culture.

Funny, sharp, sparky and timely, this book will name names and expose the bunglers, while also focussing on the sillier side of catastrophic events.





Books selected by Katrina Fox, Editor-in Chief.

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