Book of the Fortnight

Merlin Sheldrake’s “Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures” – recommended by Charlotte Gerstein. 

Recommended by Castleton’s own reference and instruction librian, comes an adventure into the realm of fungi. 

“The author is an evangelist for the importance and potential of fungi. We often think of nature as made up of flora and fauna. Sheldrake says fungi should be in that list too,” Gerstein shared. 

From yeast to psychedelics, Gerstein noted, “a key takeaway for me was that fungi have the potential to solve some environmental problems, like helping to clean up pollution, and providing material for biodegradable packaging.” 

Indeed, questioning the legitimacy of the human intellect is an ongoing motif throughout the read, Gerstein revealed, “the book is very eye-opening, showing how nature has more intelligence than humans are generally aware of.” 

Alexander Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Christo” – recommended by Konstantin Cvetkovic. 

“The count of Monte Cristo is a compelling and enthralling classic,” described Cvetkovic, an avid reader of classical, philosophical, and science-fiction novels. 

This classic story incorporates elements of intrigue and philosophy that keep readers engaged on the events that punctuate Edmond Dantes’ (protagonist) life. 

The story follows the life of Edmond Dantes in the post Napoleonic era of Marseille, explained Cvetkovic. Importantly, the Count of Monte Cristo shows that even in the most unjust situations there is hope. 

“Edmond’s journey leaves you wanting to go on an adventure and strive for knowledge more than ever before,” recounts Cvetkovic. 

Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” – recommended by Camille Jackson 

Born into a divided South Africa, Noah humorously leads readers along his own coming-of-age tale while exploring deeply relevant and confronting themes. 

Language, culture, and community underpin Noah’s experience and lay the foundation for a story that educates readers on the reality of an apartheid South Africa. 

Trevor’s unique upbringing as a child of mixed heritage during a deeply racist era allows him to recount experiences, demonstrating the power of education. Laughter and reflection will leave you wanting more and may even drag you to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post Is the Swift-Kelce duo being exaggerated?
Next post Sports bringing relief from day-to-day boredom