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Book review: Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

by Umberto Eco
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 11/14/2017
Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
Pages: 320
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If I say Umberto Eco, I believe most of you will automatically think The Name of the Rose. Eco wrote many more smart and captivating novels, Foucault’s Pendulum for instance, or his latest Numero Zero. He also wrote many essays, for instance on language (see Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language for example).
And for several decades, he wrote a weekly column in the Italian weekly magazine L’Espresso. This posthumous collection, Chronicles of a Liquid Society, gathers together over 110 of these columns, on a large variety of topics. Eco prefaces his work by presenting these vignettes as “reflections on aspects of this ‘liquid society’ of ours”.

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Nonfiction November 2017: Expert on France

NonfictionNovember-2017

#NonficNov

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Here is the topic for week 3, hosted Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert
/Become the Expert

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

Surprise surprise, here are nonfiction books I highly recommend on… France!

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FUN REALITY    One Sip at a Time

YUMMY HISTORY    Bonjour Kale cover

UNUSUAL MEMOIR    Madeleine Project

PORTRAIT OF A HERO     a-forgers-life

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHAT’S YOUR AREA OF NONFICTION EXPERTISE?

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Nonfiction November 2017: Book Pairings

NonfictionNovember-2017

#NonficNov

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Here is the topic for week 2, hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves

Book Pairings

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 6 novels paired with 6 nonfiction books!

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BOOK PAIRING #1
SOUTH AFRICA

 Cry The Beloved Country    born-a-crime

BOOK PAIRING #2
MARIE-ANTOINETTE

 Days of Splendor   marie-antoinettes-darkest-days

BOOK PAIRING #3
DAPHNE DU MAURIER

 Rebecca   Manderley

BOOK PAIRING #4
LES MISÉRABLES

 Les Misérables    The Novel of the Century

BOOK PAIRING #5
LES MISÉRABLES

The Hound of the Baskervilles   The Sherlock Holmes Book

BOOK PAIRING #6
UMBERTO ECO

The Name of the Rose  Chronicles of a Liquid Society

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
FICTION/NONFICTION PAIRING TO SUGGEST?

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