Turbulence, David Szalay

As you might note from the title, the novel's opening scene takes place on a plane. Turbulence does not only describe a few nervous moments on a plane, but also a key word to describe the lives that we casually encounter in this slim jewel of a book. There are 12 people in turmoil and 12 flights they take to deal with their life’s current crisis. Think of yourself having a casual conversation with the person next to you on the last flight you took. You never see that person again, you have no indication what effect you might have had on that person, but the story begins when a woman gets off the plane. There are twelve such interconnected encounters exploring modern relationships, written with economy and delicacy.

 

David recommends:
IM: A Memoir, Isaac Mizrahi

Mizrahi grew up gay in a cloistered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family and became a world-famous fashion designer. I do not normally read celebrity biographies, but Mizrahi can add talented writer to his list of prodigious abilities. I enjoyed his honest, funny perspective on not only his own life but of the difficult times we are living in. This would make a great gift for the artistic person in your life.

 

Estelle recommend:s
Q is for Question: An ABC of Philosophy, TIffany Poirier

This is an introduction to philosophy for kids aged 8 and up. Tiffany is an elementary school teacher in gifted education in Vancouver. This illustrated non-fiction book is designed to help kids discover, contemplate, and discuss a number of issues, such as: happiness, logic, justice, wisdom, etc. Wonderfully open-ended questions in verse are used to illustrate the concepts. There is an excellent list of fun activities and projects at the end of the book. This clever book is ideal for inquisitive youngsters, their parents, and teachers. It lends itself well to be revisited with each passing year for new discussions.

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