Monday, November 28, 2016

Reading picks from Woodbine Books

Some fascinating non-fiction chosen from the shelves of Woodbine Books by Dawn Behan and Aidan Cunnane. Possible Christmas presents for someone in your life?

Then There Was Light - PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney

This is a unique collection of eyewitness accounts from a wide range of contributors recalling their memories and experiences of the Rural Electrification scheme which was rolled from the mid-1940s across Ireland. The stories provide a valuable snapshot of the time when Ireland left the dark ages as the ESB brought light into the midst of even the most remote communities. This book celebrates the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Rural Electrification scheme which then ran through the 1950s, ’60s and into the 1970s.

Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Nobel prize winning author Daniel Kahneman summarises his years of research into the way we think and make decisions. It shows how our behaviour is heavily influenced by the environment of the moment to a far higher degree than we'd like to believe. This book can help the reader to be more aware of influences on their decision making and will change the way that you think.

My Paris Kitchen - David Lebovitz

Following on from his hugely successful and entertaining blog (, this book combines anecdotes and insights into French life and culture with one hundred recipes for sweet and savoury dishes that reflect the way that modern Parisians eat.

Deep South - Paul Theroux

Over four seasons, Paul Theroux visited and revisited some of the poorest areas of the U.S.A. in a somewhat disturbing exploration of the contrasts of life in that country. He writes about the effects of segregation, racism and globalisation on the lives of people in the southern states but he balances that with accounts of the ways that some individuals are making a small but important difference to people's lives there.