By Chance Alone is a personal memoir by Max Eisen that tells his story of growing up in a modest and happy Jewish community in Czechoslovakia, but then his home and belongings are taken away and they are taken to the concentration camps in Auschwitz. Systematically and without conscience his family is separated and killed by the Nazis, and finally his humanity eroded until he is left with just his bones and skin, which also became degraded and diseased. Each sentence in this book is carefully crafted and placed with the gravity of a lifetime in each word.Read More
Unlike the times that I have been to Newfoundland, you can actually inderstand what people are saying to each other in this book. Whether it's having a time zone that is off by half an hour, or weather that never makes up its mind, there are many reasons that Newfoundland makes for an interesting backdrop. Though, I do understand why the characters in this book make a habit of consistently leaving the island.Read More
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami is a surrealist, fictional stroll through the ideas of consciousness and reality. There are two main plots that follow the same protagonist – who isn’t named – along alternate phases of his existence, or consciousness. Bizarre, dream-like scenes are criss-crossed by unexpected items such as Librarians and Unicorns.Read More
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a nonfiction, self-help book that takes goal/objective related decision-making processes from the business world to everyday life. McKeown breaks down concepts for eliminating trivial decisions into four main steps that all conveniently begin with the letter “E”.
In this book, McKeown lays out a framework for proactively exercising Essentialism (like Minimalism?) as a continuous and mindful lifestyle. He presents the idea of being as careful and thrifty with our time as we would be with our money. No doubt, our time is more valuable than money and we all have an equal amount each day.Read More