Happy reading COVID-19 times: Books help you spend this summer

Readers may forgive their bookshelves instinctively for doom and melancholy because they think this epidemic, a human tragedy and economic disaster. However, whether it is good or bad, humans are abnormal. Book industry insiders have noticed that publishers' interest in any kind of dystopia is declining, simply because their acquisition editors can no longer read them. (Obviously, enjoying disaster lighting requires a certain level of actual comfort.) The desire for a better world, or more precisely, the hope for the world we have is stronger than ever. In fact, there are many exciting new releases this summer.

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hope that it can indeed be found in some strange corners. Two of the most exciting novels of this season are the plague books written by Canadian writers. Saleema Nawaz's song for the end of the world is prescient in the details of the fictitious coronavirus pandemic and the depiction of characters who refuse to give up human characters. Emma Donoghue's "The Pull of the Stars" in the obstetric ward in Dublin during the influenza pandemic a century ago, tells a story whose outline, including the alarming number of deaths, is widely known. However, nothing symbolizes hope like a newborn baby, and the three caregivers in Donoghue's novel are few but only caring for love can reach its climax. At first glance, Australia's Charlotte McConthy Migrations is another serious book. The cruel thing is that this disaster, extinction is bringing pain to the natural world instead of the human world, but the novels, semi-elegy and semi-thriller, end with the beauty of nature and the hope of humanity. Next is a short story of how to pronounce knives in which Souvankham Thammavongsa carefully crafted fascinating stories from the usual heavy life of Canadian Lao refugees, filled with characters who managed to find a way to control their own world. 19659004] "Songs for the End of the World"
Saleema Nawaz, eBooks are now available

They were eliminated as eBooks, Songs a few months before the August print version was released ] Has been known for its foresight. It is a form of epidemiology. The way in which epidemiological issues are addressed, from the rush to use unproven treatments to the pressure to reopen the economy prematurely, is in line with our situation. similar. But this is also an unforgettable story, and ultimately a hopeful story, told by six intricate characters who strive to overcome panic and despair, tell the fragility of interpersonal relationships, and even the lives of ordinary people to sustain life hardships. 19659007] — Brian Bethune

The Pull of the Stars
Emma Donoghue, will be released on July 21.

Another pandemic novel was completed a few months before our current condition. Emma Donoghue ’s 11th novel occurred in Dublin ’s deadly second wave of Spanish flu. In the three days after the war, nurse (and narrator) Julia Power, volunteer Bridie Sweeney, and physician Kathleen Lynn (in real life Characters) struggling with each other in a short disaster, deeply affecting each other's lives. delivery room. Donoghue (Donoghue) is a first-rate historical novelist. She skillfully weaves the primitive medical understanding and social prejudice of that era into the moving stories of her three caregivers, giving little love to her loved ones.

-Brian Bethune

Charlotte McKonagi, will be listed on August 4

This is the near future, the sixth mass extinction is positive Whistling, destroying wildlife on the planet. Franny Stone (Franny Stone) has always suffered losses because of her love for birds, so she is deeply fascinated by their extinction. She traveled to Greenland to track the last batch of Arctic terns, which she believes will be their last move to Antarctica. After attaching the tracking device to the three flocks, Franny spoke to a desperate fishing boat and convinced the captain and crew of Saghani like Pequod that these terns would lead them to their beluga whale. The last fish that disappeared. On a journey south, a fragment, the secrets of Franny ’s violently devastated life, and the dangers her past posed to everyone on the ship, began to surface in an extraordinary novel , This novel not only saved the disappearing world, but also
is a page-turning thriller.

-Brian Bethune

How to pronounce Knife
Souvankham Thammavongsa, Now available

The characters in Souvankham Thammavongsa ’s first short story collection, many of them like her, typical of Lao refugees living in Canada Of new immigrants work: they work in nail salons and factories, or as cleaners. However, Thammavongsa, who is also a poet, is not interested in documentary suffering literature. Instead, she promotes each of these redundant, flashy stories to something charming and unpredictable. Usually, the intergenerational role is reversed, and the child becomes the protector of the parent. In the title story, even after making fun at school, a young girl decided not to correct the pronunciation of her father's hard knife "knife". Another narrator confessed: “I did n’t tell my mother that they do n’t wear school uniforms at the university here.

In“ Randy Travis ”, a man sc-footed and saved, So that his wife can see her idol at the concert. But when they get there, they are so far away that the singer ’s face is only "the size of a pin". You can use this as a metaphor Minorities are banished to the back seat of the culture they adopt. However, in this culture, it is also a rite of passage: who does not have nosebleeds in the presence of a hero? Explaining Thammavongsa at your own risk. She never pan Feet or clichés from outsiders. At the Christmas party in a factory, the shopkeeper ’s wife wore "clothes made of fabrics that no one else used. "If this is really enviable, then the narrator will not deal with it.

These characters may be at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, but they find and use power where they see it. In the final story ( A miniature tour), a Lao teenager girl wants to get rid of a like-minded person in the class, this person obviously likes her, let him and her and her mother find a job together, only to see him as a manager, he can easily Carry out work and easily leave work. When she refused to answer her revenge on the night of the school ball, she avenged her and plunged him into a sad, sobbing mess.

The spirit but still naughty and naughty The spirit runs through knife although this is perhaps the best captured by two girls in "distant things", they like to take turns pushing each other into the apartment trash chute: "Not too difficult.

-Emily Donaldson


Nonfiction also (necessarily) thinks that we have not embarked on a landslide. Take Humankind from Dutch knowledge expert Rutger Bregman as love, not typing. Forgetting the genes of selfishness, people "very inclined to treat each other well", which is a bold declaration, behind which is a lot of psychological research, historical exploration and storytelling stories. The compelling Nerve from Eva Holland from Whitehorse, her research on fear (whether it ’s fear of itself or of humans) shows how we can be cruel Obstacles are eased. Moments of Glad Grace, Alison Wearing ’s humorous and interesting page related to her 80-year-old father ’s trip to Ireland, was sweetly expressed by the short-lived perception of our shared life and promoted by our love people. From here to there the British science writer Michael Bond ’s exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and geography is often overwhelming, how much we love to walk, and to us in the world How happy and confident the position is (literally and metaphysically) makes us a reality. Even so, it may not be as happy in the end as a possibly darker book (Billy Ray Belcott's My Brief History ). Belcourt's memoirs began with personal memory, but did not end with personal memory. This is a testament to art, that is, "joy is that art is a resistance to ethics." Yes, happy reading is here again.

Humanity: The History of Hope
Roger Bregman, will be released on June 2

If there is something like the beach for people with brain teasers, then this might be A social occasion is not far from 2020. Its light of hope could not be more appropriate. On an epic question, for an eternal question, that human nature is "essentially good or bad", TED talks prodigy and Rutger Bregman, who calls himself a "child of companion" Constantly, I soon found a solid answer to an eternal question. Decide. His conclusion is that human beings are “very inclined to treat each other well”.

Realizing that in a cynical, suspicious and frightening era, this position seemed counterintuitive (or sadly naive), he supported a large number of research findings. In essence, Bregman is consistent with the primatologist Frans de Waal, who coined the term "diner theory" to describe the relationship with the 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobb Hobbes's enduring view of human nature, that our civilized behavior is equivalent to "a culture

when Bregman moved from the Neanderthal brain and the Russian silver fox agilely to 1941 During the social reaction of the Blitzkrieg in 2014, he regularly returned to the Hobbes / producer theory. As the Humankind page developed, Hobbes ’views and opinions appeared frank rather than verifiable facts. .Bregman never denies the darkness of mankind, but it is essential to our nature. Frankly, he understands that any reader will immediately lift many historical events, which seem to prove that we are not willing to be friendly to each other. He Re-examined several methods and provided novel ways to explain them.

Bregman is clearly an avid reader and researcher, jumping from one concept to another, such as Machiavellianism, Magic Like effect, "multiple ignorance", "broken window" theory, about Dawkins' selfish genes, Arendt's "evil mediocrity", Golding King of Flies (not to mention jihadists, bullying , Donald Trump, Easter Island, oxytocin, Jane Goodall, the Norwegian prison, and many experiments using student volunteers or experimental mice.) This is a dazzling performance.

As Bray German ’s argument is impressive. He is a talented storyteller, turning the discussion of “contact hypothesis” and “external motivational bias” into a well-thought-out topic. Imagine an attractive professor Animation, multi-directional speech, you are in Humankind .

Now, this argument satisfies him, Bregman then outlined "new realism", a method of observation like our own. The last chapter "Ten Rules of Life" provides readers with self-service of all species. Although the seventh rule ("Avoid News": "Only distort your view of the world") may have rubbed a lot in the wrong way People, but other rules (including "don't punch the Nazis" and "out of the closet: don't") don't be ashamed to do good deeds "have flashy and viable advantages. "Give yourself some slack," Bregman seemed to tell humanity.

-Brett Josef Grubisic

Eva Holland, now available

Despite the fear of a lifetime, Eva Holland never viewed fear as a human phenomenon or faced her own fears until her most feared fear (the sudden death of her mother) was realized in 2015. After the grief and panic subsided, the Whitehorse-based writer decided to face his own fears and understand the fears of everyone else. Nerve The memoir is interwoven with the smooth flow of science-exploring the human ability to smell fear when telling her skydiving experience in the Netherlands-making it so compelling.

-Brian Bethune

Glad Grace
Alison Wearing, now available

The author once ran the best-selling and equally witty 2013 memoir Confessions of the Fairy Daughter Wrote an article about his father in. Today, Joseph Wearing is about to celebrate his 80th birthday. Although his interest in this topic is zero, he still takes his daughter as an assistant to Ireland for genealogical research. Like all family memoirs, the meaning of memory and conflict is primitive, but the general tone is humorous, which is driven by the sweet expression of how short a life we ​​share with loved ones.

-Brian Bethune [19659042] from here to there
Michael Bond, now available

humans are born to be wandering, or this is the absorption of the intersection of neuroscience and geography explore. British science writer Michael Bond has carefully studied all our wanderlust, including statistically significant gender differences, indicating directions, and descriptive "walking through the church and turning left to the flower shop". . . From female to male "from" driving two kilometers south and then 500 m west. "Gender differences explain why men do better than women in navigation tests (this test favors people who use mathematics to position themselves) , And women do better than men in remembering the location of objects.

Differences in the way long-term evolution explains this- Homo sapiens are farther away, men look for prey everywhere, women cling to Foraging at home-no longer tolerate, researchers are increasingly leaning towards cultural explanations. Girls have never been allowed to roam or roam freely like boys, thus limiting their chances of gradually building psychological maps that allow children to direct themselves Feeling confident. Research shows that eight-year-olds are more likely to show anxiety when they go to school than those who walk to work. For this reason, experts who talk to Bond are afraid of parents ’fears of traffic and strangers have reduced modern children. The scope of the times is shocked. (However, the author keeps his most provocative question at the end: if it is well known that the heavy burden of cognitive mapping is essential to human life, then what exactly is GPS technology for us? The ultimate shortcut?)

Considering our method of death, our mind map is the main reason why humans try to reach anywhere. There are no landmarks in the forest, fog or desert and you are lost. You cannot avoid traveling in a circle. However, blind travel is the cause of panic: A study of 800 search operations in Nova Scotia found that only two people were left, one of them was an 11-year-old boy, who accepted the "hug tree" "Survival and Survival" courses are in school. However, where we can see this land, we have been using its functions, made by a series of specialized cells (including boundary cells discovered in 2009) gathered in or around the brain hippocampus Psychological maps. They play a vital role in indicating our distance and direction from edges or walls, and even changes in color or texture.

Our internal maps have found that external expressions are place names (descriptive place names). In the Arctic In the area, the Inuit names easily defeated the names of the British explorers: Tallurutiup Imanga, "The surrounding environment is like the water of a face tattoo on the chin", James Lankai Sir James Lancaster Sound. It takes a lot of energy and neurons to make these maps, but the researchers pointed out that the more we participate in space, the more we place on our words and metaphors The greater the confidence is.

-Brian Bethune

My brief history (19659005) Billy-Ray Belcourt, will be released on August 25

In this genre-integrated work, for small The said "function" has a subtle description: "whispering, robbing one's own voice". The reader firmly grasped the throat with an invisible hand. "That's why Billy-Ray Belcourt (Driftpile Cree Nation member, Griffin poetry prize winner, 24-year-old Rhodes Scholar) prefers the poet's method. He wrote:" My provocation will be naked, so they are Beautiful sentences, starting with (but not retaining) personal memories (his body, his eccentricity, his native heritage), are written with pleasure, because "art is a rebellious ethic."

— Brian Bethune

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