Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass

(I had to finish this in November, for German Literature Month, but it spilled into December.) The first book I finished this weekend was a beautiful autobiography of German Nobel-Prize-winning author Günter Grass. The title, Peeling the Onion, is a running metaphor for peeling back the layers of memory, gradually, carefully, taking care not toContinue reading “Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass”

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air is an incredible, honest book. Written in the face of cancer by a man who happened to have spent the better part of his life trying to gain an understanding of death, the book has the urgency of a story that needs to be told. There is no scope for pretences,Continue reading “When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi”

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Summary: Viktor Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist and a Holocaust survivor. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, was originally titled, Nevertheless, Say “Yes” To Life, which I think makes a much better title for what the first half of the book recounts – Frankl’s experiences during WWII as a prisoner in a concentration camp. TheContinue reading “Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl”

Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author. I checked my e-mails this morning as soon as I woke up and found Kerry Dwyer’s Ramblings in Ireland in my inbox. I started reading it and just forgot to go to work. So, here I am, writing the review that IContinue reading “Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer”

Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum

I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. About the book: Giving Up the Ghost: A Story about Friendship, 80s Rock, A Lost Scrap of Paper and what it means to be Haunted is written by Eric Nuzum, published by Random House Publishing Group on 7th August 2012.  Summary (partly from here): Eric Nuzum isContinue reading “Giving Up the Ghost by Eric Nuzum”