A Book About the Brain!

Pic by Franzi.

Today’s post is written under some time pressure: Thus the small picture and only a few lines…

Our last book in the literature club was Mein Hirn hat seinen eigenen Kopf (My brain has its own head) by Dong Seon Chang. It’s a book about the wonders of the mind – how our brain works and how it defines us and our relationships to the people around us.

An exciting read with lots of insights to discuss about!

I wish you a wonderful week! Enjoy the wonders of your mind :)!

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Two Non-Fiction Books! #fbm16

prechtRichard David Precht with Tobias Becker (Der Spiegel) on the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pics made by Franzi on the #fbm16.

There were two non-fiction books and – most important  – their (German) authors on the Frankfurt Book Fair last week that really impressed me:

Tiere Denken//Animals Think by Richard David Precht

“Es mag heute mehr Veganer geben als in den 1990ern, aber die Tierrechtsszene ist heute nicht stärker als damals.”
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“There might be more people living vegan today than in the 1990s, but the community fighting for animal rights has not become more important since then.”
RICHARD DAVID PRECHT ON THE #FBM16.

Richard David Precht asks in his book about the relationship between us – the humans – and the animals: How should we treat animals? Are we acting ethical correct and consistent with our self-perception? What makes the humans different from other animals? The book stimulates new ways of thinking about animals  and our behavior regarding them.

emckeCarolin Emcke during her press conference on the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Gegen den Hass//Against Hate by Carolin Emcke (Winner of this year’s Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)

“Es ist komplizierter in einer pluralen Gesellschaft. Ja klar. Aber dafür sind wir da. Darüber müssen wir verhandeln”
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“It’s more complicated in a plural society. Sure. But that’s why we are here. We have to negotiate it.”
CAROLIN EMCKE ON THE #fbm16.

Carolin Emcke’s book is an essay about the big topics of our time: Racism, fanaticism and anti-democracy. She pleads for a plural society, for individual freedom and safety for those who are different. A strong topic analyzed by a strong woman for everyone who is willing to think about convincing arguments and thought-provoking impulses.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have an inspiring one :)!

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Those Books I’ve Read: Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden // An Arab and a German have to speak by Hamed Abdel-Samad and Hans Rath!

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Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden is the current book we are reading in my literature club. The last book we were reading was about Muslims in Germany. This was extremely intresting but also not always easy to follow. That’s why we decided to read more about the topic Arabs/Muslims/Christians/Germany. Ein Araber und ein Deutscher müssen reden discusses the apparent problems and controversies in a much lighter way:

Hamed Abdel-Samad, an Egyptian political scientist and author living in Germany, and German author Hans Rath originally decided to write a book about the current situation in Germany and the relationship of Arabs and Germans. Via mailing each other questions and answers around this topic they tried to find a common base for their book. Since this never really happened, they finally decided to publish this mail communication. Their way to discuss with each other is respectful but full of humor. They take each other’s point of view serious but are also convinced by their own opinions. A fascinating and easy (!) read that gives a lot to think about!

I wish you a fun weekend! Have a wonderful one :)!

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari!

Modern RomancePic by Franzi.

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance is all about love and relationships in a time of tinder dates, breaking up via WhatsApp or snooping into the mobile history of your partner.

Together with the sociologist and New York University professor Eric Klinenberg he explores the change in romantic behaviour that has occurred in the past decade. His main focus lays onto the paradox of the idea that having more options of possible partners seems to be better, but ultimately makes it a lot harder to settle for anyone.

I listened to the audio version of the book.  Aziz Ansari is narrating it himself – and makes fun of his listeners because they are too lazy to read it :). His ideas were easy to follow and I recognized many of the described behaviours. …Either from my own experiences or from those of my friends. An entertaining read/listening that stimulates lots of further discussions.

I wish you a fun weekend – have a lovely one :)!

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Darm mit Charme by Gulia Enders!

Darm mit CharmePic by Franzi.

I may be the last person in Germany who read Darm mit Charme (aka ‘charming intestines’) by scientist Gulia Enders. Honestly, even my mother did it before me (after all, I read her used and highlighted copy). I just was not interested in a whole book about my intestines. But then I simply ran out of books during the X-Mas holidays while staying at my mum’s place. That’s how I finally ended reading the book. …And surprisingly it’s not only funny but also – even for a Biologist like myself – full of new insights! Moreover, I loved the illustrations by Gulia’s sister Gil. …Her pictures of microbes living inside us all, looking diverse and having some sort of party blew my mind!

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Have a charming one :)!

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Book Wish List 2015!

ikarusCredit: ikarus.

Here comes the promised book wish list – filled with 16 book titles that need to be move into my flat :).

Fiction:

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Über den Winter by Rolf Lappert

Eins im Andern by Monique Schwitter

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven by Susan Jane Gilman

Think of a Number by John Verdon

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Non-Fiction:

Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Cooking:

The Silver Spoon Quick and Easy Italian Recipes

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Happy first Sunday of Advent :)!

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