Another Non Fiction Book Haul

 

Sex by Numbers: What Statistics Can Tell Us About Sexual Behaviour – David Spiegelhalter: What can I say I love statistics and I love a good book about sex, it’s a win win!

Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags – Tim Marshall: It will be shocking to very few people to know that recently I’ve become more interested in nationalism so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this one.

Histories of Nations: How Their Identities Were Formed – Peter Furtado and Hussein Bassir: I got this for the same reason as “worth dying for”. The whole idea of nations is something I want to understand better so hopefully these books will help.

The Unwomanly Face of War – Svetlana Alexeivich: The lost stories of the soviet woman in world war 2, it’s a penguin classic which has been translated.

The Psychopath Whisperer – Kent Hiehl: I’ve just finished the Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson and I found it fascinating so when my friend spotted this one I added it to the pile straight away.

Size.

I’ve just finished by last shift working in a retail job. I worked for over a year in (primarily) clothing shop on the high street. Many people will have worked in a similar environment at some time or other and will be well aware of the challenges it includes (customer service being the #1 challenge). One of the things which comes with the territory is the subject of size, it is an intrinsic part of the job. And I have some thoughts.

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Buses.

This may be one of the more middle class rants I’ve ever made but I just don’t understand who thought up the way buses run.

I have 3 main problems with taking the bus. None of them are to do with it being a bus or the other people on the bus (although I do have some stories to tell!). I’ve taken buses all over the place so I know my issues aren’t only relevant in one place. I am however talking about the everyday bus not the fancy ones that have displays inside showing you all the information you need or regular announcements.

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Caring Enough to Confront / Book Review

Caring Enough to Confront: How to understand and express your deepest feelings toward others by David Augsburger .

The blurb describes the book best:

“Many people try to avoid conflict, but confrontation can be a catalyst for deeper loving care as we learn to integrate our needs and wants with those of others. Dr. David Augsburger believes that deepened relationships bloom out of conflict when we remember that the important issue is not what the conflict is about, but instead how the conflict is handled. Caring Enough to Confront will teach you how to build trust, cope with blame and prejudice, and be honest about anger and frustration. You’ll learn how to confront with compassion in family, church and work relationships to resolve conflict in a healthy and healing way.”

As I did with the other non-fiction book reviews I’ll be picking out the areas I highlighted when I read the book and discussing those points.

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