REVIEW: Know It All Anthropology, Simon Underdown

Monday, 28 May 2018

Who are we? What is it about our species that sets us apart from every other living creature, past and present, on this planet? These are perennially compelling questions about human evolution and development that continue to cudgel the best brains on earth. Know-It-All Anthropology seeks to understand the roots of our common humanity, the diversity of cultures and world-views, and the organization of social relations and practices. If you only have under a minute, that is enough time--by reading this book--to meet the ancestors and master the basic ideas, personalities, controversies, and future directions of the study of humankind.

May Book Haul

Saturday, 26 May 2018

When it comes to working in a charity shop, I am like a child in a chocolate shop. Or perhaps a drug addict in an optimum den (are they still a thing? Either way, the point still stands). Although some of the books that get donated are... questionable when it comes to taste, others are absolute gems that, try as I might, I just can't resist adding to my collection. All that adds up to a monthly haul that simply has to be bigger than all the ones that have come before it - turns out that aching feet and the risk of venereal disease is totally worth it after all.

REVIEW: Time Was, Ian McDonald

Thursday, 24 May 2018

A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it. In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found. Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their disparate timelines overlap.

REVIEW: White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society, Kalwant Bhopal

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

One of the major features of politics in the past few years has been a renewed attention to race as a driving factor in both politics and everyday life. How, after decades of civil rights activism, do people from black and minority ethnic communities continue to be marginalized? In White Privilege, Kalwant Bhopal draws on social science research and political and economic analysis to show how people from black and minority backgrounds are continually positioned as outsiders in public discourse and interpersonal interaction. Neoliberal policies only increase that tendency, as their effects exacerbate long-standing patterns of minority disadvantage. Bhopal’s book is rooted in dispassionate analysis, but its message is unmistakable—the structural advantages of whiteness are widespread, and dismantling them will require both honesty about their power and determination to change them.

REVIEW: The Art of Fear, Pamela Crane

Friday, 18 May 2018

Ari Wilburn’s life ended long ago—the day she watched her little sister die in a tragic accident and did nothing to stop it. Crippled with self-blame and resented by her parents, she stumbles through life … and onto an unexpected clue that casts doubt on whether the death was accidental. Now a psychological wreck, Ari joins a suicide support group where she meets Tina, a sex-enslaved escapee who finds her long-lost father dead. Suicide, police ruled it. But Tina suspects foul play. As a bond develops between the women in their shared loss, they’re dragged into playing a dangerous game with a killer. A serial killer with a deadly message. Faced with a murderous wake-up call and two possibly linked deaths, Ari’s investigation puts her next on the killer’s list. But she’s never been one to back down from a fight. Needing closure, Ari must face her demons and the killer behind them … or lose everything she loves.

REVIEW: Whistle in the Dark, Emma Healey

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Four missing days. Could you cope with not knowing? Jen's 15-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police draw a blank. The once-happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on. As Lana stays stubbornly silent, Jen desperately tries to reach out to a daughter who has become a stranger.

REVIEW: Only Child, Rhiannon Navin

Monday, 14 May 2018

Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken nineteen lives. In the aftermath of the shooting, the close knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach's father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice -- while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing. Ultimately though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward -- as, sometimes, only a child can.

Best Dressed at the 2018 Met Gala

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.
I know, I know. I saw the theme and balked too. 
But, if you think about, the influence of Catholicism on art is immense. The Renaissance, in particular, was a period that attempted to express and understand the religion by putting its most iconic imagery into pieces of artwork, whose splendour has lasted centuries. If you focus on it in this way, as opposed to thinking that the only way you could dress appropriately for it would be to turn up dressed up as a nun or the pope (I am looking at you, Rihanna), then a whole host of other imagery comes to mind - velvet, gold. Very ornate, very luxe, very heavy, very Versace. 
It is no wonder that Donatella is one of this year's event chairs.

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REVIEW: If You Go Down to the Woods, Seth C. Adams

Thursday, 10 May 2018

We were so young when it all happened. Just 13-years-old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club. The day we found a burnt-out car in the woods was the day everything changed. Cold, hard cash in the front seat, and a body in the trunk… it started out as a mystery we were desperate to solve. Then, the Collector arrived. He knew we had found his secret. And suddenly, our summer of innocence turned into the stuff of nightmares. Nothing would ever be the same again… 

Most Anticipated Book Releases - May 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Did you know that around two hundred books are published every single month? I mean, it kind of puts a dampener on my goal to read every single book published ever, but it definitely means that I will never run out of amazing books that are still waiting to be discovered.
The other day, I spent far too much time going through all of the books that are due to be released in May and, as part of my new monthly feature over here at Reminders of the Changing Time, I made a condensed list of books that I am intrigued about and which I think you should be too! It is hard to say what drew my attention to some of these - it could be the cover, the description, or just the amount of people I have heard raving about them; but all I know is that, when I do pick these up, I will be expecting one hell of a ride.

REVIEW: Dear Mrs Bird, A.J Pearce

Friday, 4 May 2018

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .