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February 6 - 12, 2019
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BOOK OF THE WEEK by Linda Jennings – ATLAS OBSCURA, JOSHUA FOER, 9780761169086 (WORKMAN)

BD13.100 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

It’s time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates more than 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders such as the dazzling glow-worm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a lounge inside where 15 people can drink comfortably, plus architectural marvels including the M.C. Escher-like step wells in India.

Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants … not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan’s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, it revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvellous the world really is. And, it comes with compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts and maps for every region of the world.

It is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing as much to the armchair traveller as the die-hard adventurer.

 

COOKERY BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK, MICHAEL GREGER, MD 9781509844333 (PAN MACMILLAN)

BD8.300 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

Dr Michael Greger, founder of the wildly-popular website Nutrition Facts, takes his comprehensive, lifesaving science into the kitchen. Why suffer from disease and ill health when the right food is proven to keep you healthy, and without the side effects of drugs?

We can help avoid heart disease, cancer and our other biggest killers if we use food as medicine, and the How Not To Die Cookbook offers a sustainable and delicious guide to preparing and eating the foods that will help prevent and maybe even reverse fatal diseases.

Featuring around 100 easy-to-follow, beautifully photographed, plant-based recipes, with plenty suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the How Not To Die Cookbook merges cutting-edge science with everyday ingredients from the supermarket to help you and your family eat your way to better health and a longer life.

 MY FAVOURITE

READ OF THE WEEK

THE WISDOM OF SUNDAYS, OPRAH WINFREY, 9781509874118 (PAN MACMILLAN)

BD9.200 for Gulf Weekly Book Club members

The Wisdom of Sundays features insightful selections from the most meaningful conversations between Oprah Winfrey and some of today’s most admired leaders.

Visionaries like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington and Shonda Rhimes share their lessons in finding purpose. World-renowned teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and Wayne Dyer explain our complex relationship with the ego and the healing powers of love and connection. And, bestselling writers like Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert and Elizabeth Lesser explore forgiveness and letting go.

Organised into 10 chapters – each one representing a powerful step in Oprah’s own spiritual journey, and introduced with a personal essay by Oprah herself – the moments of inspiration that have enlightened millions on the three-time Emmy Award-winning Super Soul Sunday are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays, a cherishable, deeply affecting book.

Paired with more than 100 beautiful photographs, including many from Oprah’s private property in California, The Wisdom of Sundays promises to be a timeless keepsake that will help readers awaken to life’s wondrous possibilities.

Oprah said: “If you want to be more fully present and live with a wide-open heart, this is where your journey begins.”

 







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