Book review: Languages of Truth

Languages of Truth

Languages of Truth:
Essays 2003-2020
by Salman Rushdie
Random House
368 pages

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My discovery of Salman Rushdie’s writing is definitely not the normal one.
I have yet to read his most famous books. The only novel I have read so far is Quichotte, which I found quite impressive.

Even though I totally disagree with the author’s views on religion, I find him to be one of the most profound minds in literature today, and one of the most articulate voices, alongside the alas departed Umberto Eco, one of his friends, as expected. Les grands esprits se rencontrent.

So when I realized a volume of recent essays was being published —Languages of Truth is the third collection of his essays– I knew it was appropriate to spend more time with this brilliant author.  

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Book review: The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker:
Jennifer Doudna,
Gene Editing,
and the Future of the Human Race
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster
Published on 3/9/2021
560 pages


I don’t need to prove to you how great a biographer Walter Isaacson is. I first discovered him with his biography of Benjamin Franklin, and then was totally awed by The Innovators, focused on the creators of the digital revolution. And of course, you probably read his biography of Steve Jobs and/or Leonardo da Vinci.
These titles and many more show how he zooms in on key genii. Jennifer Doudna is certainly one of them, so I was totally thrilled when I won The Code Breaker through Goodreads.
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Nonfiction November 2020: New on my TBR




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Here is the topic for week 5:


Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

This month, I have read about all kinds of fascinating nonfiction books I didn’t know about.
But as I’m trying to limit my TBR to books I absolutely want to read, I just added 10 titles to my TBR, all related to Japan, that were recommended by awesome readers who answered my Ask the expert post.

Thanks to each of you:

Brona at Brona’s Books

Deb at Readerbuzz

Diana at Thoughts on Papyrus

Heather at Based on a True Story

Karen at BookerTalk

Katie at Doing Dewey

Liz at Adventures in reading, running and working from home

Melissa Firman

Shelleyrae at Book’d Out

Silver Button Books

What’s Nonfiction?

Here are the books I really want to read.
I plan to read several of these in Jan-March, as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge:

Japan TBR

If you want to see who recommended what, just look through the comments of this post.

I did add a nonfiction book on another topic:
World War I: The Rest of the Story & How It Affects You Today, (Uncle Eric #10), by Richard J. Maybury. He has a similar one on WWII and Ancient Rome.
This title was found on Carol’s blog: Journey-and-Destination

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