I recently finished The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro which I enjoyed so I’ve added to my TBR list his first novel A Pale View of Hills which I hope to be an equally good read filled with his beautiful writing and keen insights.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam M. Grant was published this month and it looks to be a very interesting read. Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favourite authors, wrote: “Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.” Obviously, I am now sold on reading this book.
Another non fiction book which caught my eye is Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman & Carolyn Gregoire. I have enjoyed reading about creativity recently and GoodReads describes the book as being “Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Carolyn Gregoire’s popular article in the Huffington Post, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people.” I’m intrigued.
I confess I haven’t read very many short story collections but this book comes recommended by Austin Kleon (author of Steal like an Artist & Show Your Work). Among the Missing by Dan Chaon sounds very interesting and is highly rated on GoodReads as well as being a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction in 2001 so I figured I’d give it a go.
The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates was published in January this year and as her latest novel I was naturally interested in it. It turns out that this new novel is about a neuroscientist and an amnesiac who cannot remember anything beyond 70 seconds. I’m quite excited to read this one.
My final addition to February’s TBR is a fiction novel to be published in April. The Dust of Promises by Ahlem Mosteghanemi and translated by Nancy Roberts has been earmarked as eligible for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. Set in Algeria the GoodReads blurb describes it as “A poignant tale of secret lovers brought together and pulled apart as they navigate Algeria’s changing political landscape–from the heady, bright peaks of independence to the dark depths of corruption and disillusionment–this is a sweeping epic and an arresting ode to a once-great country.”