A Darker State by David Young #BookReview

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The body of a teenage boy is found weighted down in a lake. Karin Müller, newly appointed Major of the People’s Police, is called to investigate. But her power will only stretch so far, when every move she makes is under the watchful eye of the Stasi. Then, when the son of Müller’s team member goes missing, it quickly becomes clear that there is a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of this case, one that could fast lead Müller and her young family into real danger. A Darker State indeed. Need I say more? Well, yeah. Couldn’t wait to get my …

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5 Great Reasons to Learn French

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As you guys know, I am in love with languages in general, and some of them in particular. I have studied French in school for many years, and recently I wanted to rekindle that knowledge. And I wanted to remind myself why French is such a great language to know. And I want to share those reasons with you. Of course, there are other reasons as well, but these are some of my favorites. Here we go: 1. French is a beautiful language Just listen to it. 🙂 It’s simple. Now really, it had an amazing pronunciation and sound even …

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Origin by Dan Brown #BookReview

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Will God survive science? Bilbao, Spain Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence. Amazing! …

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What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton #BookReview

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

What Happened? Let’s see, Hillary Clinton almost made it to the White House. This book tries to explain how that happened. Very interesting, and extremely well written. I couldn’t wait to get my hand on this book from Hillary Rodham Clinton. I loved the way she wrote Hard Decisions, where she talked about her time as U.S. Secretary of State. Somehow this book is a sequel. Of what happened after she left the State Department and eventually decided to run again for President. Very detailed, honest, sad, hopeful, real. It’s an exciting journey on her campaign trail. It starts with …

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Mindfulness would be good for you. If it weren’t so selfish. via The Washington Post

Hey guys, Again I know this isn’t what you are used to, but I wanted to diversify a bit the blog content. I found an interesting article regarding Mindfulness on The Washington Post and I really wanted to share it here as well. I find the concept ever so present in our books and many other materials that surround us lately. Mindfulness, as popularly promoted and practiced, can itself be a distraction. It purports to draw on ancient traditions as an antidote to modern living. Yet it exacerbates the modern tendency toward navel-gazing, while asking us to resist useful aspects of …

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Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi #BookReview

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Azar Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious families, others were progressive and secular; several had spent time in jail. Shy and uncomfortable at first, they soon began to open up and speak more freely, not only about the novels they were reading but also about themselves, their dreams and disappointments. A very interesting novel! I had heard about Reading Lolita …

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown #BookReview

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When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol — seared into the chest of a murdered physicist — he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati… the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has surfaced from the shadows to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy… the Catholic Church. As I wrote about The Da Vinci Code, I wanted to showcase another novel that follows Robert Langdon. Dan Brown …

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