Wily Yaman is written by Turkish author Deniz UNAY who also works as a social media expert. So, as you can guess it's a mixture of fiction and reality. As a teacher, I highly recommend it to every teacher or parent. It consists of more than ten short stories which are about this boy Yaman and his friends. In every story, Unay focuses on a different aspect of technology's effect on kids. It's informative and funny, politically correct and peace supporter, and a perfect page-turner for children. If your children are trying to learn English, it's the perfect choice as the book is translated from Turkish to English by simplifying the language to an elementary level. As far as I know, the book doesn't have a publication house so they may need some support. Especially from abroad, maybe from countries where English is learned as the second language. Thanks in advance for the support!
Cleverlands - at the time writing, 17/17 five star reviews on Amazon. And fully justified.
Lucy Crehan is an English secondary school teacher who decided to take a year out and explore five of the leading school systems as measured by PISA. She blagged her way into schools, offering to teach as a volunteer and looking for a teacher at the school to host her. So she ended up in Finland, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and Canada. Each port of call got three chapters dealing with the structure of education, a bit of cultural background, her own experience and observations, and a kind of personal-political conclusion. Each system is quite different, but each seems to turn out top scores in literacy and numeracy.
This is not the first comparative study of education systems and it won't be the last. But what makes it unique is that Lucy Crehan has actually lived the system. Her take is not neutral; she is not a distant academic observer writing from a dispassionate and detached standpoint. But nor is she pushing a rigid political agenda that would stop her learning and seeing what was happening around her. She also, interestingly, brings the various perspectives of students, teachers and parents into the narrative.
The result is a highly readable book that actually contains a surprising amount of detail about what the different systems really look like.
De Botton, Alaine. Essays in Love
In her introduction to de Botton’s book (Picador Classics) Sheila Heti begins, ‘Essays in Love has been classified as a novel, but it’s a very strange novel.’ It is, she says, ‘a guide through the landscape of contemporary romance.’ In the book de Botton makes a habit of reflecting on a previous paragraph telling the story of (presumably his) love affair with Chloe, a woman whom he meets by chance sitting next to him on a Paris-London flight. Thus the novel-memoir seems at times to be a mere jumping of point to a profound analysis of the trite business of falling in love - and of course inevitably the disillusion inherent in that commonplace but unique event.
I must confess that I am often puzzled by the memoir genre - how much is ‘true’ and how much falsified for the sake of art? In books about love affairs, which this absolutely is, how constant is the point of view? How can the reader believe in the ‘facts’ as retailed by the narrator? Well, de Botton (who wrote this book in his early twenties) does a masterly job of analysing the ebb and flow of desire, beginning with rapture over finding that the lovers have so much in common that some supernatural agency must have pre-determined their meeting. ‘I love chocolate, don’t you?’ asked Chloe. ‘I can’t understand people who don’t like chocolate.’ Well, the narrator, the ‘I’ in the story, de Botton or a version of him, hates chocolate: ‘I had been more or less allergic to chocolate all my life.’ So of course in the ‘story’ the narrator has to lie, or else run the risk of losing the ‘angel’ as Chloe is soon to become. This is the key to the novel, focusing on a mundane preference and lying about one’s true feelings. It’s what we all would do in the circumstances. It’s both true to life, and perfect for art. Now, whether the ‘real’ de Botton likes or hates chocolate is a moot point, one which the reader should not, according to convention at least, ask.
What I liked about the story (I almost said ‘loved’ but then recalled de Botton’s complex of analyses of the word) and about the philosophical commentary that accompanies it is its lucidity, its honesty about feeling and beliefs, those transient markers we cling to - and eventually are obliged to release from our grasp. But the book is not all Freudian or Marxian analysis (Marx is the term confusingly used in the book to refer to Marx the comedian) but a moving and totally convincing ‘love story,’ telling it like it is, a rare thing in fiction.
An elderly couple become foster carers in their mid-sixties. The Times Higher Education of June 2015 wrote in its column What Are You Reading? ('A look over the shoulders of our scholar reviewers') : "This is an unusual, amusing, sometimes heart-rending memoir. Learmont offers a compendium of family breakdowns and other social problems, narrated in a style that ranges from Catch-22 to Bertie Wooster. The Learmonts are now enjoying 'a second retirement' in Andorra, and after reading this book, you feel they deserve it."
A non-fiction book with two intrepid oldies.
"This book is about a woman who suffers early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Alice Howland, a 50-year-old woman, is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert. She is married to an equally successful husband, and they have three grown children. The disease takes hold swiftly, and it changes Alice’s relationship with her family and the world."
The above is a short outline of the book. The author, Lisa Genova, is herself a neuroscientist and self published this book which has been made into a movie.
It is interesting and agonizing and shows us a world where a woman of fifty who is brilliant, accomplished, physically fit and leads a hectic and productive life, slowly lose her sense of self. The book gives us some insight into what devastation this disease, which currently has no cure, can cause in a family who can see the person who looks the same but whose mind is slowly being eroded.
This isn't a book that can be read for entertainment but it does shed some light on a heartbreaking condition.