Here are a few new titles I’m looking forward to that are scheduled for release in the next two months. What’s on your reading list?
Walking the Nile, by Levison Wood
This one is for all you armchair travellers out there. Ex-army officer, Levison Wood, is the first person to have walked the entire length of the Nile (4,250 miles), crossing seven countries, foraging, camping, and defending himself against multiple dangers. It’s also an exploration of modern Africa, with reviewers commenting on the depth of the political and historical content. Sign me up!
And Then All Hell Broke Loose: Two Decades in the Middle East, by Richard Engel
At twenty-three, Engel set off for Cairo to be a reporter. In the decades since, he has witnessed the Arab Spring, seen Mubarak and Morsi arrested and condemned, been taken hostage, shot at, and blown out of his hotel bed. He interviewed Libyan rebels, witnessed the arrival of Al-Qaeda in Syria, and saw the rise of ISIS. This promises to be a page-turning account of a region we all need to understand more.
At twelve years old, Doty wandered into a magic shop to buy a plastic thumb (as one does). But instead of getting a fake appendage, he met a woman who taught him exercises to ease suffering and achieve his potential. Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, this book is being described as a guide for changing our lives, by first changing our hearts.
Interest in Paleo diets and the like has sparked much curiosity about the evolution of nourishment. This book, by biological anthropologist Stephen Le, promises to explain how cuisines of different cultures came about through centuries of adjustments to biology and environment. He argues that ancestral diets present the best defense in protecting health. Looks fascinating.
Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached, by Hillary Whittington
Moving stories about unconditional love are always high on the reading list agenda. When Jeff and Hillary Whittington realized they were parenting a transgendered child, they posted a YouTube video chronicling the transition, and it has been viewed 7 million times. This book is the account of their journey and it illuminates a very timely subject.
A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War: The SOE and the Canadian Connection, by Colonel Bernd Horn
The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was created by Churchill to sabotage Nazi interests and support partisan uprisings behind their lines. It was a unique organization focused on innovation and adventure, and many of its members were trained at Camp X in Ontario. This book looks at the Canadian contributions to this little-known aspect of the Allied fight.
The Industries of the Future, by Alec Ross
It seems the only constant in our world, is change, change, change. This book promises to give a perspective on what’s coming in robotics, cybersecurity, genomics, and big data. Ross also covers the evolution of what work means, and addresses other global trends that affect the way we live. Looks like a must-read for all of us.
Put these on hold now!