january 2019 – good to read

Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak
This is the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge – for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome? “But if The Book Thief is his most famous book, Bridge of Clay is his magnum opus. Zusak, now 43, was just 20 years old when he first came up with the concept. All these years later, he still speaks of the moment dreamily: ‘I thought of a boy building a bridge, and he wanted to make this one beautiful, great, perfect thing.’” (The Guardian)
Random House, October 2018

Hesse – The Wanderer and His Shadow

Gunnar Decker
Against the horrors of Nazi dictatorship and widespread disillusionment with the forces of mass culture and consumerism, Hermann Hesse’s stories inspired nonconformity and a yearning for universal values. Gunnar Decker weaves together previously unavailable sources to offer a unique interpretation of the life and work of the author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian. Drawing on recently discovered correspondence between Hesse and his psychoanalyst Josef Lang, Decker shows how Hesse reversed the traditional roles of therapist and client, and rethinks the relationship between Hesse’s novels and Jungian psychoanalysis. He also explores Hesse’s correspondence with Stefan Zweig – recently unearthed – to find the source of Hesse’s profound sense of alienation from his contemporaries.
Harvard University Press, November 2018

Did You Just Eat That?

Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon
In Did You Just Eat That? food scientists Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon take readers into the lab to show, for example, how they determine the amount of bacteria that gets transferred by sharing utensils or how many microbes live on restaurant menus. The authors list their materials and methods (in case you want to replicate the experiments), guide us through their results, and offer in-depth explanations of good hygiene and microbiology. Written with candid humour and richly illustrated, this fascinating book will reveal surprising answers to the most frequently debated – and also the weirdest – questions about food and germs, sure to satisfy anyone who has ever wondered: should I really eat that?
Norton, December 2018

Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol

Typex
In Andy comics artist Typex captures the remarkable life of the king of Pop Art, from his  working-class upbringing in Pittsburgh to the dizzying heights of his celebrity. Spanning a period that began with the “talkies” and ended with the advent of house music, it is also a memorable portrait of 20th-century pop culture and the stars defining it. Spanning Warhol’s early career as a commercial illustrator, his relationship with the Velvet Underground, and the development of his own instantly recognisable style, Andy deftly portrays the artist and a master self-promoter. Intensively researched, this 568-page graphic biography is the first to tell the complete life story of the iconic pop artist.
Art Masters, December 2018

Kosmos A Theory of Psychedelic Experience

Peter Webster
The author presents arguments, examples, personal experience, and published research to develop the theory that the principal, and maybe only effect of LSD and similar psychedelics is the amplification of meaning. Webster attempts to assemble a comprehensive Theory of Psychedelic Experience, an overview from several perspectives of how a psychedelic experience feels to the voyager, how and why it may affect his views and beliefs, how psychedelic perception happens on a psychological and neurological basis and why it appears to be similar or identical to states of consciousness sometimes attained spontaneously or through meditation and other age-old techniques.
© Chantal Webster, 2018

dezember 2018 – good to read

Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances

Cody Johnson
Did US Army Intelligence really use LSD as an enhanced military interrogation technique? Why does ayahuasca have such a long history of use in Peru? Science is beginning to research what traditional cultures have told us for years: psychedelics have transformative healing properties. Many psychedelic plants and substances have a long history of being incorporated into various healing traditions — such as cannabis and opium in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Magic Medicine explores the fascinating history of psychedelic substances and provides a contemporary update about their progressive inclusion in modern medicine, science, and culture. Cody Johnson balances historical knowledge with cutting-edge science.
Fair Winds, June 2018

High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row

Damien Echols 
«Magick is not a path for followers; it is a path for questioners, seekers, and anyone who has trouble settling for dogma and pre-formulated answers. Magick is for those who feel the desire to peel away the surface of reality and see what lies beneath. Like various persecuted forms of mysticism, magick promotes direct contact with the source of creation.» At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. With High Magick, the author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row. He brings you an engaging and highly accessible guide for bringing magick into your own life.
Sounds True, October 2018

How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance

L.A. Kauffman
In this original and richly illustrated account, organiser and journalist LA Kauffman delves into the history of America’s major demonstrations, beginning with the legendary 1963 March on Washington, to reveal the ways protests work and how their character has shifted over time. Using the signs that demonstrators carry as clues to how protests are organized, Kauffman explores the nuanced relationship between the way movements are made and the impact they have. How to Read a Protest sheds new light on the catalytic power of collective action and the decentralised, bottom-up, women-led model for organising that has transformed what movements look like and what they can accomplish.
University of California Press, October 2018

Women of Visionary Art

David Jay Brown & Rebecca Ann Hill
In this full-color illustrated book, David Jay Brown and Rebecca Ann Hill examine the work and inspirations of eighteen of today’s leading female visionary artists, including Josephine Wall, Allyson Grey, Amanda Sage, Martina Hoffmann, Penny Slinger, and Carolyn Mary Kleefeld. They explore the creative process and the role that dreaming, psychedelic experiences, sexuality, and divine guidance play in the work of these women, alongside full-color examples of their art, and they discuss the future of visionary art and reveal how these artists have all been informed and inspired by deep inner experiences and seek to express non-ordinary visions of reality, often reminiscent of those encountered in shamanic trance, lucid dreams, psychedelic states, spiritually transcendent experiences, and other altered states.
Inner Traditions, November 2018

Coca Wine – Angelo Mariani’s Miraculous Elixir and the Birth of Modern Advertising

Aymon de Lestrange
One of the oldest and most potent natural stimulants, the leaves of the coca plant, are the organic source from which cocaine is synthesized. Fresh coca leaves and products made from them have verified medicinal and healing properties – and not the same addictive qualities or negative side effects as cocaine. In the late 19th century coca products became hugely successful in Europe and the United States. The most famous was Vin Mariani, a coca-based tonic wine developed by Corsican pharmacist Angelo Mariani (1838-1914). Many celebrities sang its praises, including Pope Benedict XV, Sarah Bernhardt, Thomas Edison, H. G. Wells, William McKinley, Emile Zola, and the doctors of Ulysses S. Grant, who credited Vin Mariani with giving him the strength to finish his memoirs before his death. A lavishly illustrated history of coca wine and the revolutionary advertising methods that made it a worldwide success.
Bear Company, December 2018

november 2018 – good to read

The Psychedelic Renaissance, Second Edition: Reassessing the Role of Psychedelic Drugs in 21st Century Psychiatry and Society

Ben Sessa
Psychiatrist Dr. Ben Sessa makes a persuasive case for the reevaluation of psychedelics—LSD, MDMA DMT, psilocybin, ayahuasca, peyote, ibogaine, and more—as he explores their clinical potential for treating a range of conditions from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to autism and cluster headaches. Based on a thorough review of the evidence, Sessa corrects some common misconceptions about psychedelics and makes a clarion call for their responsible therapeutic use, with appropriate set and setting, in psychotherapy, psychiatry, and personal growth. «Sessa enthusiastically progresses his account of the potential of psychedelic drugs into spirituality and creativity, bringing his unique clinical background to consider concepts too often neglected in psychiatric illness». (The Lancet )
Muswell Hill Press, March 2018

Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Tim Mohr
It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one: in their gray surroundings, where everyone’s future was preordained by some communist apparatchik, punk represented a revolutionary philosophy—quite literally, as it turned out. This secret history of East German punk rock is not just about the music; it is a story of extraordinary bravery in the face of one of the most oppressive regimes in history.
Algonquin Books, September 2018

So Far So Good

Poetry by Ursula Le Guin
Legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin was lauded by millions for her groundbreaking science fiction novels, but she began as a poet, and wrote across genres for her entire career. In this clarifying and sublime collection―completed shortly before her death in 2018―Le Guin is unflinching in the face of mortality, and full of wonder for the mysteries beyond. Redolent of the lush natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, with rich sounds playfully echoing myth and nursery rhyme, So Far So Good bookends a long, daring, and prolific career.
Copper Canyon Press, October 2018

Psychedelic Medicine – The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin & Ayahuasca

Dr. Richard Louis Miller 
The author and his contributors cover the history of early psychedelic research as well as offering summaries of the most recent studies with MDMA, psilocybin, LSD, and ayahuasca. They explore the biochemistry of consciousness and the use of psychedelics for self-discovery and healing as well as the use of psilocybin for releasing fear in the terminally ill and the potential for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD. They examine Dr. Charles Grob’s research on the indigenous use and therapeutic properties of ayahuasca and Dr. Gabor Mate’s attempt to transport this plant medicine to a clinical setting with the help of Canada’s Department of National Health. They also cover the shifting political climate and the push for new research. A milestone!
Simon and Shuster, November 2018

Acid for the Children

A Memoir by Flea
Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1962 and, as a child, moved with his conservative family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother’s free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend, Walt. When Michael’s family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis…
Grand Central, November 2018

october 2018 – good to read

She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore
Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel re-imagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
Graywolf Press, September 2018

Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals

Christopher Vasey N.D.
In this practical guide, Christopher Vasey presents eighteen of the most potent antibiotic and antiviral herbs from around the world and one beehive remedy, propolis. He details how to use them effectively as mother tinctures and essential oils as well as what illnesses they are best suited to treat. Drawing on the latest research, he explains how microbes can’t build resistance against these natural substances due to the many molecules in their make-up and their large spectrum of action in the body, which makes them effective against viruses as well. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics and antivirals, natural antibiotics generally lack any malignant side effects and have no adverse effects on non-targeted bacteria, such as intestinal flora.
Healing Arts Press, September 2018

Dancing with Raven and Bear

A Book of Earth Medicine and Animal Magic
Sonja Grace 
Drawing on both her Native American (Hopi) heritage and her Norwegian upbringing, renowned mystic and intuitive healer Sonja Grace shares original wisdom tales, received through her heart and soul, to take you on a journey into the magic of Raven and Bear and the healing power of Earth Medicine. Featuring Sonja’s distinctive and beautiful artwork, each story is embedded with ancient teachings to inspire you to live closer to the Earth.  The fables include powerful examples of animal magic and everyday, practical applications of Earth Medicine, such as simple energy exercises, dream interpretations, Earth Medicine prayers and meditations, and using medicinal plants to manage negative energies.
Findhorn Press, September 2018

Small Fry – A Memoir

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Born on a farm and named in a field by her parents – artist Chrisann Brennan and Steve Jobs – Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, Jobs took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. His attention was thrilling, but he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is a guide through her parents’ fascinating and disparate worlds.
Grove Atlantic, September 2018

Body Positive Power

Because Life is Already Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It
Megan Jayne Crabbe
For generations, women have been taught to see their bodies as collections of problems that need to be fixed. Instagram star Megan Jayne Crabbe is determined to spread the word that loving the body you have is the real path to happiness. An international body positive guru with fans in all corners of the world, Megan spent years battling eating disorders and weight fluctuations before she found her way to body positivity. She quit dieting, discovered a new kind of confidence, and replaced all those old feelings of body shame and self-recrimination with everyday joy. Free of the pressure to fit in a size 2, her life became more satisfying than ever before.
Seal Press, September 2018

september 2018 – good to read

The Center of the Universe Is Right Between Your Eyes. But Home is Where the Heart Is.

Matthew L. Pallamary
Introduction by Russell Brand, Preface by Sting
The author’s in-depth analysis of human perception, shamanism, visionary states, cognitive neuroscience, plant and animal consciousness, and sacred geometry, as well as the prehistoric roots of our deepest cultural myths not only lay bare the illusory roots of what we have built our failing society on, it provides a detailed map that points the way through the non-sense hall of mirrors that we currently find ourselves trapped in. Based on a lifetime of research, award-winning author, editor, and shamanic explorer Matthew J. Pallamary enlightens those with open minds courageous enough to question the illusions that most of us think of as real…
Mystic Ink, November 2017

Inappropriation

Lexi Freiman
A search for belonging in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs turns into a riotous satire of identity politics in this wildly irreverent coming-of-age story. Starting at a prestigious private Australian girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists. Plagued by fantasies of offensive sexual stereotypes and a psychotherapist mother who thinks bum-pinching is fine if it comes from the heart chakra, Ziggy sets off on a journey of self-discovery that moves from the Sydney drag scene to the extremist underbelly of the internet to the coastal Bohemia of a long-dissolved matriarchal cult.
Allan & Unwin, July 2018

Ball Lightning

Cixin Liu
A new science fiction adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Three-Body Trilogy: when Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realise that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen’s quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his pursuit of knowledge.
Head of Zeus, August 2018

Psychedelic Mystery Traditions: Spirits Plants, Magical Practices, Ecstatic States

Thomas Hatsis
There is a long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western civilization. As the author reveals, the discovery of the power of psychedelics and entheogens can be traced to the very first prehistoric expressions of human creativity. Describing how, when, and why different peoples in the Western world utilised sacred psychedelic plants, Hatsis examines the full range of magical and spiritual practices that include the ingestion of substances to achieve altered states. He discusses how psychedelics facilitated divinatory dream states for our ancient Neolithic ancestors and helped them find shamanic portals to the spirit world.
Park Street Press, September 2018

Hippie

Paul Coelho
Drawing on the rich experience of his own life, best-selling author Paulo Coelho takes us back in time to relive the dreams of a generation that longed for peace and dared to challenge the established social order. In Hippie, he tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous ‘Death Train’ to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina. Paulo’s travels eventually take him to the famous Dam Square in Amsterdam where he meets Karla: love at first sight. They end up travelling to Kathmandu together with a small group of friends and their «Magic Bus».
Knopf-Doubleday, September 2018

august 2018 – good to read

How Soon Is Now? The Handbook of Social Change

Daniel Pinchbeck
Introduction by Russell Brand, Preface by Sting
«The actions we take over the next decade are critical. They will determine the destiny of our descendants and the fate of our world. How Soon is Now? presents a compelling manifesto for personal and planetary change. It proposes a new narrative for a unified social movement. Through global cooperation, we can face this collective threat – ecologically, socially, politically, and spiritually. We can launch a new operating system for human society based on regenerative principles. Accepting this crisis as our initiation, we can choose to evolve to the next level of consciousness as a species. We can do more than survive: we can thrive.»
PenguinRandomHouse, July 2018

Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Time

Kate Davies
«We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task. Intrinsic Hope offers an antidote to these feelings. It shows how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment and a dismal view of the future. As an alternative, the author offers «intrinsic hope,» a powerful, liberating, and positive approach to life based on having a deep trust in whatever happens. Davies shows how to cultivate intrinsic hope through practical tips and six mindful habits for living a positive, courageous life in these troubled times.»
New Society Publishers, Mai 2018

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandala, Edited by Sahm Venter 
«Organised chronologically, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison. After eighteen years, he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were isolated and confined to a rooftop cell. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children.»
Norton, June 2018

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Otessa Moshfegh
«A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young woman’s experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?»
Penguin Books, July 2018

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
«Set in Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s violent reign, this is the story of a sheltered girl and her teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways.»
PenguinRandomHouse, July 2018

july 2018 – good to read

Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave

Zora Neale Hurston 
A previously unpublished work from the author of the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade – abducted from Africa on the last «Black Cargo» ship to arrive in the United States. Hurston twice interviewed eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis who spoke with her about his childhood in Africa, the voyage to America and his life as a slave thus providing the material for a unique document.
HarperCollins, June 2018

Magic Medicine – A Trip Through the Intoxicating History

Cody Johnson
Did the CIA really use LSD as an enhanced military interrogation technique? Was Santa Claus really inspired by a hallucinogenic mushroom from Siberia? How can MDMA (Ecstasy) help people recover from trauma? Science is beginning to research what traditional cultures have told us for centuries: psychedelics have transformative healing properties. Many psychedelic plants and substances have a long history of being incorporated into various healing traditions. Magic Medicine explores the fascinating history of psychedelic substances and provides a contemporary update about their growing inclusion in modern medicine, science, and culture.
Fair Wind Press, June 2018 

The Death of Truth. Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

Michiko Kakutani
Former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to the advent of the age of lies. In social media and literature, television, academia, and politics, she identifies the trends – originating on both the right and the left – that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values. And she returns to the words of the great critics of authoritarianism, writers like George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, whose work is newly and eerily relevant.
Tim Duggan Books, July 2018 

Megalith – Studies in Stone

Hugh Newman, Howard Crowhurst et al
How do you predict eclipses at Stonehenge? Why do the Carnac alignments follow geological fault lines? Was Avebury intentionally sited precisely one-seventh of a circle down from the North pole? Why are so many stone circles egg-shaped or flattened? What is the meaning of the designs in ancient rock art? Do you really have to wait nineteen years to visit the remote site of Callanish? What were the ancients up to? With eight authors, and packed with detailed information and exquisite rare illustrations, Megalith is a timeless and valuable sourcebook for anyone interested in prehistory.
Wooden Books, June 2018

Ancient Giants – History, Myth, and Scientific Evidence from around the World

Xaviant Haze
The author provides compelling evidence for a lost race of giants in Earth’s prehistory. He explores myths that go back thousands of years, including those found in the world’s holiest scriptures, as well as medieval and modern myths. He investigates historical reports of ancient giants found in Ireland and the British Isles—the remains of which mysteriously disappeared shortly after their discovery. He explores the legends of giants in Russia and goes deep into the Far East, revealing the multitude of fascinating giant legends in China. Were they the hybrid results from genetic experiments of ancient aliens or from the interbreeding of the fallen angels with the daughters of man?
Bear & Company, June 2018

june 2018 – good to read

A Really Good Day – How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life

Ayelet Waldman
When a small vial arrives in her mailbox from “Lewis Carroll,” Ayelet Waldman is at a low point. Her moods have become intolerably severe; she has tried nearly every medication possible; her husband and children are suffering with her. So she opens the vial, places two drops on her tongue, and joins the ranks of an underground but increasingly vocal group of scientists and civilians successfully using therapeutic microdoses of LSD. As Waldman charts her experience over the course of a month–bursts of productivity, sleepless nights, a newfound sense of equanimity–she also explores the history and mythology of LSD, the cutting-edge research into the drug, and the byzantine policies that control it.
Penguin Random House, January 2018

Trip – Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change

Tao Lin
While reeling from one of the most creative — but at times self-destructive — outpourings of his life, Tao Lin discovered the strange and exciting work of Terence McKenna. McKenna, the leading advocate of psychedelic drugs since Timothy Leary, became for Lin both an obsession and a revitalizing force. In Trip, Lin’s first book-length work of nonfiction, he charts his recovery from pharmaceutical drugs, his surprising and positive change in worldview, and his four-year engagement with some of the hardest questions: Why do we make art? Is the world made of language? What happens when we die? And is the imagination more real than the universe?
Knopf Doubleday, May 2018 (eBook)

Adjustment Day

Chuck Palaniuk
The author’s first novel in four years is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. Smug, geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war in an effort to control the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche: the author of Fight Club takes America beyond our darkest dreams in this timely satire.
W.W. Norton, May 2018

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Clemantine Wamariya & Elizabeth Weil
Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbours began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety. When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. In The Girl Who Smiled Beads, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognise the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks.
Doubleday, April 2018

John Dee and the Empire of Angels. Enochian Magick and the Roots of the Modern World

Anadi Martel
Beginning with sun worship in prehistory and sunshine therapies in ancient  Egypt, Greece, and India, light has long been associated with the sublime, the divine, and healing. Yet only recently have we begun to understand how different parts of the light spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet, can affect our physical and psychological wellbeing. Sharing his 30 years of research, Anadi Martel demonstrates light’s incredible effects on the physical, energetic, and cognitive dimensions of life. He examines several forms of light therapy and explains how to get optimal benefits from sunlight and avoid the health risks of new artificial lighting such as compact fluorescents.
Healing Art Press, May 2018

may 2018 – good to read

The Timothy Leary Project – Inside the Great Counterculture Experiment

Jennifer Ulrich | Introduction by Zach Leary
The first collection of Timothy Leary’s (1920–1996) selected papers and  correspondence opens a window on the ideas that inspired the counterculture of the 1960s and the fascination with LSD that continues to the present. Leary cultivated interests that ranged across experimentation with hallucinogens, social change and legal reform, and mysticism and spirituality, with a passion to determine what lies beyond our consciousness. Through Leary’s papers, the reader meets such key figures as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Ken Kesey, Marshall McLuhan, Aldous Huxley, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Carl Sagan..
Abraham Press, April 2018

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Michael Pollan
A brilliant and brave investigation by Michael Pollan, author of five New York Times best sellers, into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs – and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences. Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin are being used to provide relief to people suffering from depression, addiction and anxiety. Upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.
Penguin/Random House, May 2015

They Shimmer Within: Cognitive-Evolutionary Perspectives on Visionary Beings

Bruce Rimell 
The use of psychedelic drugs plants is becoming more and more wide-spread and with it the number of reports narrating encounters with otherworldly visionary beings. This wide-ranging book explores how our deepest mental processes predispose us as humans to believe in supernatural agents, and presents a new hypothesis of how these same cognitions facilitate the emergence of those agents to become present when psychedelic drugs and plants are ingested. Bruce concludes that visionary beings shimmer within as awe-inspiring products of the mind, an experience resting at the heart of what it is to be human.
Lulu.com, January 2018

Psychedelic Harm Reduction Colouring Book

Jessica Legon
Whether you are a seasoned psychonaut or just curious, this book is a great tool for introspection, integration and inspiration. Lose yourself in a huge, hand-drawn psychedelic inkscape overflowing with lavish detail: 23 immersive, full-page, lavishly detailed illustrations inspired by consciousness-altering substances for adults to colour, information on ten of the most common psychedelic substances and a little bit of advice on appropriate, responsible use and safe practice. Jessica Legon has created a lovely tool as well as a blueprint for many reflective hours spent colouring. Jessica Legon has created a lovely tool as well as a blueprint for many reflective hours. Full of useful information and smart advice.
www.ety.com/uk/shop/PsychedelicColouring, April 2018

John Dee and the Empire of Angels. Enochian Magick and the Roots of the Modern World

Jason Louv
Dr. John Dee (1527-1608), court advisor and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century. Laying the foundation for modern science, he promoted mathematics and astronomy as well as advancing navigation and optics thus helping to elevate England to the foremost imperial power in the world. Presenting a comprehensive look at his life and continuing influence, Jason Louv examines Dee’s scientific achievements, intelligence and spy work, imperial strategising, and his methods of communicating with angels. He also explores Enochian in precise detail and reconstructs Dee’s Spirit Diaries.
Inner Traditions, April 2018

april 2018 – good to read

Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, The Self etc.

Galen Strawson
The author might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe them clearly – in other words, he is a true essayist. This book gathers three of them: “A Fallacy of Our Age”, “The Sense of Self” and “Real Naturalism.” “Galen Strawson’s Things That Bother Me is, despite its title, no collection of complaints. Rather, Strawson invokes the notion of being bothered in the largest sense, engaging with the ideas, or conditions of living, that will not leave him alone…” (Ian McEwan) Drawing on literature and life as much as on philosophy, this is a book that prompts both argument and wonder.
Series: New York Review of Books, March 2018

Real Magic – Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Powers of the Universe

Dean Radin
The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes.
According to the bestselling author of The Conscious Universe magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. The author, who worked on the US government’s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate, has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention. These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives.
Harmony, April 2018

The Wife’s Tale

Aida Edemariam
In this fascinating memoir that recalls the life of her ninety-five-year old grandmother, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam tells the story of modern Ethiopia—a nation that would undergo a tumultuous transformation from feudalism to monarchy to Marxist revolution to democracy over the course of one century. Born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar in about 1916, Yetemegnu was married and had given birth before she turned fifteen. Over the next decades Yetemegnu endured extraordinary trials: the death of some of her children; her husband’s imprisonment; and the detention of one of her sons. She witnessed the Fascist invasion of Ethiopia and the subsequent resistance, suffered Allied bombardment and exile from her city; lived through a bloody revolution and the nationalization of her land, and much more.
Harper/Collins, March 2018

Elemental Divination – A Dice Oracle

Stephen Ball
This book shares instructions and rituals for using the oracle with dice or other divinatory tools. You will also find a list of meanings for every possible elemental combination, and explanations of how Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Sun, and Moon manifest in this divination system. When you explore the oracle’s patterns and correspondences, you gain insight into the challenges and concerns that we all face. With just three dice, you can receive answers to basic questions or initiate a deeper interpretive journey. Based on elemental forces that have been consulted by healers and sages for thousands of years, this dice oracle will inspire you to see yourself and the world with a whole new perspective.
Llewellyn, March 2018

A Tokyo Romance – A Memoir

Ian Buruma
A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him. With his signature acuity, Ian Buruma brilliantly captures the historical tensions between east and west, the clash of conflicting cultures, and the dilemma of the gaijin in Japanese society, constantly free, yet always on the outside. The result is a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic, and sexual. And so a child of European privilege wound up vamping in a red jockstrap, doing a whiskey ad with Akira Kurosawa, and having affairs with women and men. Most astonishingly, he left six years later with the same girlfriend, his future wife.
Penguin/Random House, March 2018

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