Book Club | Thought-Provoking Picks

The Why: Healthy Habits for an Epic Life – Isabelle Cornish

Transform your life by tuning into the wisdom of your mind, body and soul in this hands-on guide to living well from wellness warrior and actor Isabelle Cornish.
Did you know that true power comes from within, harnessing strength from the vulnerability? Informed by her personal journey with health and wellness and drawing on her experiences as an actor, yoga teacher, personal trainer and health coach, Isabelle is on a mission to help inspire others to step into their power. After recovering from an eating disorder herself, she knows firsthand what it’s like to feel a disconnect between popular portrayals of health and true reality.

The Why offers a toolkit for real life, teaching you how to listen to your heart, be more conscious and pick yourself up every time you fall down.

 

Practising Simplicity: Small Steps and Brave Choices for a Life Less Distracted – Jodi Wilson

I’m not here to nag you and tell you that you need to live with less stuff. Nor will I tell you that owning less is a sure and certain path to happiness. But let me tell you what it’s like to carry all you own with you … to reduce your consumption and increase your free time and to realise that everything you need in life can fit in a caravan along with those you love most …
– from Chapter 7

It is natural to fear uncertainty. But what if you embraced it, listened to your intuition and made the tiny or big decisions to slow life right down? What if you had more space in your life for connection to nature and those around you? What if you stepped off the treadmill and forged a new path?

In Practising Simplicity, author and photographer Jodi Wilson shines a light on all the best things in life that don’t cost money and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle, whatever your circumstances. For her, the simplicity of living in a tiny home on wheels was at first terrifying but ultimately the essential answer to anxiety and overwhelm.

A beautiful, unflinching encouragement to let go of the unnecessary, Practising Simplicity inspires us to celebrate the simple yet extraordinary joys that make life meaningful.

 

Facts and Other Lies: Welcome to the Disinformation Age – Ed Coper

Would your younger self believe the news of today? An entire city block blown up by a suicide bomber on Christmas Day because he believed phone towers spread disease. A Representative elected to the US Congress on a platform that Democrats are secretly harvesting an anti-aging chemical from the blood of abused children. Angry rioters in furs and horns overrun the Capitol in a bloody carnage of insurrection. The Prime Minister of Australia employing the wife of his friend who fronts a group the FBI has declared terrorists. A global pandemic which, even as they lie dying from it, people refuse to believe exists.

Many who sat in shocked disbelief as these events beamed around the world asked the same question: ‘How did we get here?’ For those rioters, it was the culmination of a journey of online radicalisation that began with the weaponisation of disinformation by their political leaders and outrageously biased ‘news’ commentators.

Facts and Other Lies puts fake news in its historical context and explains how disinformation has fractured society, even threatening democracy itself. It explains why disinformation is so potent and so hard to stop, and what we can do to help prevent its proliferation. It outlines how anyone can defuse disinformation in the home, office or pub, or wherever the deluded gather to spread their nonsense. Be prepared!

 

Sexual Revolution – Laurie Penny

An urgent, hopeful, and unapologetically radical new book about consent, democracy, desire, and the future of sexual politics from award-winning writer Laurie Penny.

“I can’t really think of another writer who so consistently and bravely keeps thinking and talking and learning and trying to make the world better.” -Caitlin Moran

We are in the middle of a sexual revolution. In our era of crisis, collapse, and reactionary tyrants, we are also witnessing a productive transformation: profound and permanent changes in how we define gender, sex, consent, and whose bodies matter. It’s a time of creative disobedience, of reimagining ways of organizing care, reproduction, and the work of building and sustaining the human species. These changes threaten the social and economic certainties that form our world; they threaten existing power structures, and they undermine the authority of institutions from the waged workplace to the nuclear family. No wonder the far right is fighting so hard. A shakeup in sexual and gender relations is a shakeup in political, economic, and social life as well. The stakes could not be higher.

Based on Laurie Penny’s celebrated, Ellie-award nominated Longreads series about rape culture, Sexual Revolution is the culmination of years of journalistic research, written for a broad audience, drawing on the work of Shulamith Firestone, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Silvia Federici, Wilhelm Reich and Michel Foucault. This is a hand grenade of a book, a manifesto of social change, and a story of how feminism can save the world.