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30 new books we cant wait to get our hands on in the first half of 2021 – Toronto Star

If 2020 was a year in books like no other, then winter and spring 2021 is proving to be a season like no other. So many publishing houses held books back last year, not knowing how they were going to market them, what demand was going to be like, how to get the word out that now were left with a bumper crop and more to come throughout the rest of the year. Here are some of the books that have caught my eye so far.

The Push, Ashley Audrain (Viking, Jan 5) This ones on a lot of most-anticipated lists when Audrain submitted the manuscript for this, she landed a two-book deal worth millions. And for good reason: The Push is a page-turner of a read about motherhood that touches on all our deepest fears, neuroses and worries, and doesnt gloss over the messy parts.

The Crash Palace, Andrew Wedderburn (Coach House, Jan. 12) Wedderburns novel The Milk Chicken Bomb, received a nod for the Amazon First Novel Award and was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin literary award; this second novel featuring a memorable character named Audrey Cole who goes on a road trip to The Crash Palace, where people pay to party in the wilderness promises to be just as quirky.

Concrete Rose, Angie Thomas (HarperCollins, Jan. 12) Angie Thomas became an international phenomenon with the publication of her young adult book The Hate You Give. In this followup, she revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of that first book to tell the coming-of-age story of Maverick Carter in what promises to be an powerful exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

Gutter Child, Jael Richardson (HarperCollins, Jan 26) Richardson is well known as the founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) and her appearances on CBCs Q her debut novel is the story of a world divided into the privileged mainland and into the policed Gutter. Main protagonist Elimina Dubois is taken from her mother in the Gutter to be raised in the land of opportunity.

No One Is Talking About This, Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead Books, Feb. 16) Lockwood is a poet, and a respected one at that, but you might know her best from her memoir Priestdaddy and her tweets, which makes the question she asks with this debut novel Is there life after the internet? one she knows intimately.

The Mission House, Carys Davis (Scribner, Feb 16) Welsh author Carys Davis is a singular voice; her 2017 short story collection The Redemption of Galen Pike won multiple awards and was a Star Top Ten book of the year. This novel tells the story of an expat fleeing the U.K. for post-colonial India and we expect many twists and a unique perspective in what seems familiar territory.

The Centaurs Wife, by Amanda Leduc (RandomHouse Canada, Feb. 16) Leducs book of essays that came out last year Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Coach House Books, 2020), interrogated the negative portrayal of disabled people in lit. Now shes out with a fairy tale of her own that features a disabled heroine. In the beginning a horse fell in love with a woman. Read on.

Her Name Was Margaret, by Denise Davy (Wolsak and Wynn, Feb. 23) Former Hamilton Spectator reporter Davy tells the story of Margaret Jacobsen, a homeless woman who battled mental illness and went in and out of the health care system until she died in a sub shop in Hamilton in the 1990s. Initially Jacobsen and, later, her family, gave Davy access to her medical files and family history, allowing for that rare thing: a full biography of a homeless person, who is often nameless and faceless. Important.

Return of the Trickster, Eden Robinson (March 6, Knopf Canada) This is one of the most anticipated Canadian books of the season. Its the third book in Robinsons Trickster trilogy yes, the CBC TV series was made even before the trilogy was finished. We again meet Jared Martin, who finally knows for sure that hes the only one of his biological dads 535 kids whos a Trickster, too.


The Committed, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, March 2) The sequel to The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, The Committed follows the man of two minds as he comes as a refugee to France and turns his hand to capitalism, dealing drugs in 1980s Paris but unable to escape his past.

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House of Canada, March 2) Love him or hate him and there are few in between U of T prof Jordan Peterson is out with the followup to his bestselling 12 Rules For Life. This ones about finding a balance between chaos and order.

Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro, (Knopf Canada, March 2) This is the first new book out from the British writer since he won the Nobel Prize three years ago. It tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend who tells her story from her place in the store, observing the customers who come to browse.

Nothing The Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl The Cowboy, by Gary Barwin (Random House Canada, March 9) There are few voices in Canadian writing as original as Hamiltons Gary Barwin. Hes a poet, musician, and author of, among dozens of other books the Giller-shortlisted Yiddish For Pirates with a 500-year-old Jewish parrot as narrator; this one riffs off classic westerns, and takes place after the 1941 Nazi invasion of Lithuania.

Begin By Telling, Meg Remy (Book*hug, March 16) This ones experimental, which is what you might expect from Remy, of the experimental pop band U.S. Girls, who now lives in Toronto. Here she takes stock of American culture: Never forget / to connect the dots / This book is an attempt to connect a couple.

The Speed of Mercy, Christy Ann Conlin (House of Anansi, March 23) Of course, Barwins not the only Canadian writer with a truly distinctive voice. Nova Scotia writer Conlins work has been described by the Star as eerie and haunting; shes also very funny and this book features characters you dont usually see: older, rural women, childhood betrayal and a dark family secret of murder.

The Relatives, by Camilla Gibb, (Doubleday Canada, March 23) From the author of Sweetness in the Belly, The Beauty of Humanity Movement and This Is Happy in this novel she explores what it means to be a family in our modern world. Tess and Emily are just separated and fighting over the ownership of embryos, while the anonymous sperm donor is being held captive in Somalia.

New Yorkers: A City and Its People In Our Time, by Craig Taylor (Doubleday Canada, March 23) In Londoners he created a deep and nuanced picture and history of the city with first-person interviews from all sorts of people who describe who they are, what they do and how they live. The technique develops a wonderful tapestry and now hes bringing that structure to bear on New York. Taylor lives in Nanaimo, B.C. and I hope he takes on a Canadian city soon.

My Mothers Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph, by Perdita Felicien (Doubleday Canada, March 30) A powerful and inspiring book from one of Canadas top athletes two-time Olympian and world championship hurdler Feliciens mother, Catherine, came to Canada from St. Lucia in 1974 to be a nanny. This is the story of their life together, the power of her own talent and her mothers encouragement.

Good Company A Novel Cynthia DAprix Sweeney (HarperCollins, April 6) You remember The Nest from a few years ago the debut novel about relatives feuding over an inheritance that was the bestselling book of 2016? Second books are always tricky. In this new book, Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than 20 years when everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended.

Leaving Isnt the Hardest Thing: Essays, Lauren Hough (Knopf, April 13) As an adult Hough has been, among other things, a U.S. airman and a cable guy, the latter about which she wrote in a famously powerful essay in the Huffington Post in 2018. As a child she grew up in the infamous cult The Children Of God. These essays mine her eclectic, fascinating life and her efforts to create her own identity. Plus, shes a fabulous writer.

Murder On The Inside: The True Story of the Deadly 1971 Riot at Kingston Penitentiary, Catherine Fogarty (Biblioasis, April 13) Sometimes you can learn a lot about the present by looking at the past. Fogarty delves into a 50-year-old incident at the Kingston Pen that made headlines around the world when prisoners protested their treatment. Fifty years later our prisons are still in crisis.

Molly Falls to Earth, Maria Mutch (Simon & Schuster Canada, April 27) Maria Mutch grabbed attention with her short story collection When We Were Birds, her memoir Know The Knight, was a Governor Generals Award finalist, and so this, her first novel, pegged by her publisher as an inventive exploration of time, absence and desire is highly anticipated.

Hana Khan Carries On, by Uzma Jalaluddin, (HarperCollins, April 6) Jalaluddin, who full disclosure writes a column for the Star, gained attention for her Muslim chick-lit book Ayesha at Last. This next romantic comedy is set in two competing halal restaurants.

Sure, Ill Be Your Black Friend, Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump, by Ben Philippe (HarperCollins, April 27) Phillippe was born in Haiti, raised in Montreal and is now based in New York. His young adult The Field Guide to the North American Teenager made waves. In this memoir he talks about his childhood takes his role as your new black friend seriously, providing original and borrowed wisdom on stereotypes, slurs, the whole swimming thing, etc. Perfect for the times were in.

Swimming Back to Trout River, Linda Rui Feng (Simon & Schuster Canada, May 4) A lyrical debut novel set against the backdrop of Chinas Cultural Revolution that follows a fathers quest to reunite his family before his precocious daughters momentous birthday. Born in Shanghai, Linda Rui Feng now lives in Toronto.

While Justice Sleeps, Stacey Abrams (Knopf, May 11) This book is as timely as it is anticipated. Georgia politician, lawyer and activist Stacey Abrams has written a novel, a legal thriller set where else but in the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, by Richard Flanagan (Knopf, May 25) Flanagan won the 2014 Booker Prize for his beautiful and heartbreaking book Narrow Road To The Deep North. This, his eighth novel, is a magic realism story about family and climate change.

Letters in a Bruised Cosmos by Liz Howard (McClelland and Stewart, June 7) Howard won the prestigious 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize for her debut poetry collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent and so this new collection is one people have been waiting for.

Care Of, Ivan Coyote (McClelland & Stewart, June 8) In the early days of the coronavirus lockdown, Ivan Coyote was faced with a calendar full of cancelled shows. To keep busy, they began to answer the backlog of mail and correspondences: emails, letters, direct messages on social media, soggy handwritten notes found tucked under the windshield wiper of their car after a gig. This book combines the most powerful of those letters and the responses Coyote sent.

This Eden, Ed OLoughlin (Anansi, June 13) is by Irish-Canadian author whose most recent novel, Minds of Winter, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. This one is described as an exhilarating technothriller (about money and technology) and modern spy novel reminiscent of ... the golden age of international espionage fiction.

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30 new books we cant wait to get our hands on in the first half of 2021 - Toronto Star

Jordan Peterson Explains Why Conservatives and Liberals Need Each Other (2017) – TheBlaze

Steven Crowder interviewed psychologist Jordan Peterson and discussed Peterson's theory about why conservatives and liberals need each other.

Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, expressed his long-held belief that if enough people grow up and live properly, carefully, and awake while applying acquired knowledge of the history and doctrine of their civilization, they have a better chance of avoiding polarization.

According to Peterson, individuals can be temperamentally conservative and temperamentally liberal as both are "valid viewpoints because there is a place for those viewpoints on the world." But, If you are conservative, you have to listen to the liberals because they have something to tell you. And the liberals have to listen to the "conservatives because conservatives hold things together and stabilize things."

"The reason free speech is so important, is that liberals and conservatives have to communicate in order to keep society going," Peterson expressed. "Communication is essential to free speech. You have to be able to talk to each other or else you separate into armed camps and either one becomes the other's slave, one becomes a tyrant, or there is conflict."

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The essential non-fiction books of 2021 – New Statesman

Global protests, Britains rift with Europe, a devastating pandemic that caused profound economic shocks and transformed the way we live we begin the new year still reeling from the events of 2020. The publishing world has responded with alacrity, and many of the books of 2021 promise frameworks for understanding the present moment.

Despite the near-miraculous discovery and deployment of vaccines, the effects of Covid medical, economic, social are here to stay. There are stories on a human scale, notably Many Different Kinds of Love (Ebury, March), the diaries of the childrens author Michael Rosen detailing his near-fatal experience of the virus, as well as accounts by doctors such as Gavin Francis (whose Intensive Care is reviewedin this issue) and Rachel Clarke (Breathtaking, Little, Brown, January). For the inside story of the UKs flawed response, the fullest picture, in the short term at least, will come from Failures of State (HarperCollins, March) by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnott of the Sunday Times Insight investigative team.

In Shutdown (Allen Lane, September), the historian Adam Tooze follows Crashed, his account of the 2008 crisis, with a short, sharp book on how coronavirus caused a financial revolution. Kyle Harper and Niall Ferguson put todays upheavals in perspective with Plagues Upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History (Princeton, September) and Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe (Allen Lane, May), respectively.

Two former Labour leaders have been focusing on the search for solutions. Gordon Browns Seven Ways to Change the World (Simon & Schuster, June) promises to harness the new ways of thinking that arise from adversity. In Go Big: How to Fix Our World (Bodley Head, June), Ed Miliband explores innovative approaches to everything from inequality and climate crisis to the challenges of housing and demographic change. Bill Gates is another man with a plan: in How to Avoid a Climate Disaster (Allen Lane, February) he outlines a route to zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Several other writers have also gone big this year with ambitious, ideas-rich books. One of the most keenly anticipated is The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan, a young philosopher at All Souls, Oxford. Published by Bloomsbury in August, it is billed as a landmark dismantling of the politics and ethics of sex in this world. In Everybody (Picador, April), Olivia Laing tells the related story of the body and its fight for political freedom through 20th-century movements such as gay rights and feminism. Jan Lucassens The Story of Work: A New History of Humankind (Yale, July) feels timely as we adjust to a workplace transformed by the pandemic. Its themes are shared by several other titles including Work Wont Love You Back by Sarah Jaffe (Hurst, January) and Why You Wont Get Rich by Robert Verkaik (Oneworld, March).

Similarly ambitious is The Art of More (Scribe, September) by Michael Brooks, about how maths shaped the world. Charles Foster tackles one of the biggest subjects of all in Being a Human: Adventures in 40,000 years of Consciousness (Profile, August), and Simon Sebag Montefiore ups the ante with The World (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, September), his history of humanity. Taking almost as long a view is the New Statesman columnist and Cambridge academic Helen Thompson: Hard Times: The Permanent Problem of Political (dis)order (OUP, September) surveys events from the fall of Rome to the rise of Donald Trump in order to shed light on todays politics.

Across the Atlantic, the psychologist Daniel Kahneman has teamed up with Olivier Sibony and Cass R Sunstein for Noise (William Collins, May), about how to make better decisions. Steven Pinker, another big beast of the field, shows us how to be better reasoned beings in Rationality (Allen Lane, September), while Jordan Peterson draws on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom for Beyond Order (Allen Lane, March), a sequel to 12 Rules for Life.


When a statue of the Bristol slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down last year it was just the latest development in our complex reckoning with the British empire. Having examined one aspect of that legacy in his excellent 2019 documentary on the Amritsar massacre, Sathnam Sanghera focuses on the pervasive influence of imperialism in Britain in Empireland (Viking, January). Kris Manjapra and Clint Smith trace the long shadow of slavery in Black Ghosts of Empire (Allen Lane, October) and How the Word is Passed (Dialogue, June) respectively.

The anti-Colston movement was galvanised by the Black Lives Matter protests that spread across the globe after the killing of George Floyd. The publishing world had already begun to reflect a growing appetite for writing on race and racism, and in 2021 the theme is developed and deepened. Ijeoma Oluo has the superbly titled Mediocre, on white male power (John Murray, January), and Ayanna Thompson investigates the revealing history of a racist entertainment trope in Blackface (Bloomsbury, April). In Biracial Britain (Constable, January) and Mixed/Other (Trapeze, April), Remi Adekoya and Natalie Morris explore what it means to be mixed race in the UK today, while the American academic Emily Bernards Black is the Body (Transworld, February) is a series of first-person essays that capture the twists and turns in the lives of three generations of black women.

When it comes to essayists, there are few as influential as Joan Didion, now 86. Let Me Tell You What I Mean (Fourth Estate, February) collects 12 pieces never before published in book form. Two brilliant, idiosyncratic novelists also have essay collections out this year: Lucy Ellmann, with Things Are Against Us (Galley Beggar, July) exploring environmental catastrophe, sex strikes and Hitchcock and Rachel Kushner with The Hard Crowd (Jonathan Cape, April), on loss, social justice, art and friendship. Fellowship is the subject, too, of Tracey Thorns My Rock n Roll Friend (Canongate, April), which looks back over the singer-songwriter and NS columnists long relationship with Lindy Morrison, drummer for the Go-Betweens.

There are several other memoirs of note. Musa Okwongas One of Them (Unbound, April) describes his time at Eton in the 1990s and probes wider issues of privilege, influence and racism. Home in the World by Amartya Sen (Allen Lane, July) traces the Nobel Prize-winning economists life back to his childhood in Bengal. And an as-yet untitled autobiography by the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei (Bodley Head, September) will also tell the story of his father Ai Qing, a poet who was both revered and persecuted.

Deborah Levys Real Estate (Hamish Hamilton, May) is the final instalment in her superb living autobiography series, which began with a response to George Orwells 1946 essay Why I Write. Rebecca Solnit picks up that particular baton in Orwells Roses (Granta, October), an alternative journey through the writers life and afterlife.

One of the great modern literary lives is scrutinised in Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey (Jonathan Cape, April), while one of the great modern biographers Claire Tomalin turns her attention to HG Wells (Viking, October), and the cultural historian Philip Hoare reaches further back, to Albrecht Drer, in Albert and the Whale (Fourth Estate, March). Faber does not have a monopoly on biographies but it does have two of the most tempting in 2021: Jackie Kay mixes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and prose in a new edition of her 1997 ode to Bessie Smith (February), and From Manchester With Love (October) is Paul Morleys intimate portrait of his friend Tony Wilson, the Factory Records boss.

Wilsons career choice was determined by seeing the Sex Pistols at Manchesters Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976. In the pandemic the bodies and buzz of gigs seem a distant memory but one activity still available to us is sitting at home and listening to records. Long Players (Bloomsbury, June), a collection I put together based on a special New Statesman feature from 2017, includes 50 writers on the albums that shaped them, from Marlon James on Bjrk to Deborah Levy on David Bowie. Our best loved LPs can transport us like nothing else: in times like these, they feel more necessary than ever.

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Why Jordan Peterson’s Message on Gratitude Is More Important Than Ever | Jon Miltimore – Foundation for Economic Education

Around Thanksgiving, many of us try to pause and reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives.

Gratitude doesnt come easy for humans, but on the fourth Thursday in November many of us do our best to try to be grateful, at least for this one day of the year.

There are many things for which Im grateful. We live during a time noteworthy for its peace and plenty, both of which are remarkable compared to any other period in human history. Im grateful for the good health I enjoy today and the relative lack of suffering Ive had to endure in more than four decades on this earth. In my personal life, Im thankful for the friends and family who have given me so much, and for a devoted wife who has given me three healthy children, and much more.

Its good to be grateful for such things, I think, but last night it occurred to me I was also missing something. My daughter had just finally fallen asleep, and I was re-reading Jordan Petersons book 12 Rules for Life on the floor. (We read books together at bedtime.)

Someone had remarked to me recently that Peterson talks about gratitude in the books second chapter, Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible for Helping. Sure enough, near the end of the chapter Peterson mentions a miracle of life he feels a profound, dumbfounded gratitude for: the persistence of humans in severe pain to continue bearing lifes burdens.

It is they, Peterson argues, who hold society together through little more than grit and tenacious spirit.

Most individuals are dealing with one or more serious health problems while going productively about their business, Peterson writes.

If anyone is fortunate enough to be in a rare period of grace and health, personally, then he or she typically has at least one close family member in crisis, he continues. Yet people prevail and continue to do difficult and effortless tasks to hold themselves and their families and society together.

Its easy to forget the number of people in pain in this world. By the nature of his profession, Peterson, a clinical psychologist, is more aware than most of the pain humans endure.

What shocks Peterson, and makes him profoundly grateful, is the masses of suffering people who do not give in to despairbut instead continue to bear responsibility despite the slings and arrows of life.

People are so tortured by the limitations and constraints of Being that I am amazed they ever act properly or look beyond themselves at all, Peterson writes. But enough do so that we have central heat and running water and infinite computational power and electricity and enough for everyone to eat and even the capacity to contemplate the fate of broader society and nature, terrible nature, itself.

"All that complex machinery that protects us from freezing and starving and dying from lack of water tends unceasingly towards malfunction through entropy, and it is only the constant attention of careful people that keeps it working so unbelievably well, he continues. Some people degenerate into the hell of resentment and the hatred of Being, but most refuse to do so, despite their suffering and disappointments and losses and inadequacies and ugliness, and again that is a miracle for those with the eyes to see it.

In a sense, this is the flip side of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rands popular 1957 magnum opus on individualism and capitalism. Rand saw the Atlases of the world as the productive entrepreneurs who worked tirelessly to create value despite looters seeking to steal the fruits of their labor.

The Atlases of the world, as Peterson sees it, are the millions and millions of faceless people who persevere in the face of adversity and suffering that would drive so many to despair.

This is why people must treat themselves like someone they are responsible for helping. We must care for ourselves so we can bear the burden and suffering that life will inevitably inflict upon us, Peterson argues.

You need to consider the future and think, 'What might my life look like if I were caring for myself properly? What career would challenge me and render me productive and helpful, so that I could shoulder my share of the load, and enjoy the consequences? What should I be doing, when I have some freedom, to improve my health, expand my knowledge, and strengthen my body?'

Heaven, Peterson explains, will not arrive on its own. And if we fail to strengthen ourselves, we may find its opposite here on earth.

So this Thanksgiving, I can only express my deepest thanks to all the people who continue to persevere despite the chaos and pain, who refuse to succumb to despair, resentment, envy, and cruelty.

You, too, are the Atlases of this worldparticularly during this season of despair and suffering.

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Why Jordan Peterson's Message on Gratitude Is More Important Than Ever | Jon Miltimore - Foundation for Economic Education

Giving 2021 A Fighting Chance Requires We All Do What Is Hard – The Federalist

Even before the horrible year that was 2020, New Years Eve celebrations have long been filled with the near-certain expectation that things will definitely get better. Generally speaking, its a fine sentiment. Optimism is good; hope is good; and striving to improve the future from where we are today led us from the cave to the fields, across vast oceans, and into the limitless of outer space.

But nothing magical happens when the calendar year flips over. Theres no unexplained scientific phenomenon that shifts the incalculable number of atoms in our known universe into undaunted forces for good simply because weve reached the conclusion of this years cycle through the Gregorian calendar. Instead, history tells us things can always get worse.

After the stock market crashed in 1929, the Great Depression didnt reach its darkest days until 1933. The 1938 Nazi annexation of Austria was followed by the invasion of Poland in 1939, then the steamrolling of France and near-defeat of Britain in 1940.

Yet while theres no iron-clad guarantee that 2021 will be great, every one of us can contribute to the effort to make a redemptive year a reality.

No government action will make 2021 better than what we just went through in 2020. As with most positive change, any meaningful, lasting shifts in the trajectory of our towns and our nation will stem from individuals choosing to do good.

World events of a grand nature will remain outside our ability to master. Pandemics, wildfires, and unless you live in one of a handful of swing states presidential elections involving more than 158 million votes are things almost entirely beyond our control. Yet, even in the worst of times, we can control how we interact with our fellow Americans, and a shift in the right direction in this regard is one of the simplest albeit difficult steps we can take.

Its within the grasp of each of us, as individuals, to decide if what we both consume and contribute is life-affirming or malevolent, restorative or toxic. In our workplaces, online using social media, with our families, and interacting with total strangers, we are responsible for how we live amongst one another.

In our current rancorous political environment, well have a chance at a better year if we realize most genuine conversations or debates arent best served in a tit-for-tat on Facebook or Twitter but in person over coffee, lunch, or a drink after work.

This doesnt mean surrendering our principles or allowing ourselves to be walked over. It does, however, require we prudently recognize whose minds are open to change, and those who refuse to be unconvinced of what they believe; which arguments may bear fruitful discussion, and those that will only lead to more frustration and anger this country can do without.

Regardless of ones faith, there is wisdom in the instructions given in the Bibles 2 Timothy:

Again I say, dont get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. (2 Timothy 2:23)

As the author of the epistle to Timothy later notes, being honest doesnt mean being needlessly hurtful or tactless, and he reminds us to Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Theres an Aristotelian golden mean between failing to state a necessary truth and being an overly blunt jerk about it.

Similar valuable cautions are given in Titus 3:2 not to slander, to avoid quarreling, and to show true humility to everyone. Later in the chapter, were also reminded it may be best to walk away from those who continue to engage in foolish controversies:

If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. (Titus 3:10)

Admittedly, its hard to do, especially in a climate that often mistakenly views the last person who responded in a Facebook fight as the winner or politeness as a sign of weakness. Even so, its one of the few ways to lower the temperature to the point where authentic, amiable exchanges and healthy debates are possible. Well be a better nation in 2021 if Americans take time to ask and reflect, Will this truly make things better? before acting.

Furthermore, giving 2021 a fighting chance will involve constantly checking ones priors at the door. Or, as Jordan Peterson has phrased it, wed do well to Assume that the person you are listening to might know something that you dont.

As more Americans limit their media consumption to voices and opinions they already agree with, ideological and philosophical blindspots pose an increasingly higher risk. Yet rarely are things as simple as either the left or right (antiquated terms to begin with) being absolutely correct or absolutely wrong.

Taking in the views of only a small territory of the political spectrum is one of the contributing factors that led us to a place, never more evident than in 2020, where one half of the country cant even stand being in line next to the other half six feet apart, no less. We dont have to agree, but we have to be able to at least relate to where those we disagree with are coming from. This begins with the humility to acknowledge we may be wrong about something, or, at least, not as correct as we think we are.

Genuine conversation is exploration, articulation, and strategizing, Peterson writes, When youre involved in a genuine conversation, youre listening. This may also require mingling outside a safe, bubbled, friend group, especially if that group is comprised of similarly like-minded folks.

It means not assuming to know the totality of someones beliefs and values based on their stance on a single issue. It means being OK with someone thinking, even acting, in a way we personally disagree with (as long as it doesnt directly infringe on anyones rights to life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness). A tolerance of true intellectual diversity will be a key factor in helping 2021 rebound after the past year.

In what could be the most important New Years resolution we make, by exercising humility, patience, and grace, we can each take responsibility in helping make 2021 the year we all need it to be, one individual choice at a time.

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Diwan Bookstore recommends the best 10 books to read – Egypt Independent

Diwan Bookstore, Egypts leading book seller, has recommended ten of the best-selling, best-reviewed books from around the world for readers to enjoy.

How can one live decently in a world full of chaos and uncertainty?

Jordan Peterson has helped millions around the world lead productive lives full of value. And now its your turn!

Peterson lays out 12 rules revolving around self-responsibility, with solutions to common problems youll face in life!

Of course, Petersons book allows for more depth and research and his works have become the focus of everyones attention especially among youth.

Thanks to a distinguished and honest translation from Mohamed Ibrahim al-Gendy, you can now read Jordan Petersons most important book in Arabic.

In his debut Charles Akl takes us on a journey that goes beyond just an old Coptic kitchen as he studies the Coptic mind and how it deals with the world in light of state policies and economic considerations.

This book allows readers to understand the thought and feelings of Coptic youth, through Charles Akls skillful styleblending intelligence and lightness.

Read by more than a million readers and translated into more than 50 different languages, Sophies World is an exceptional novel unlike any other that serves as an entry point for those interested in reading philosophy while also serving as a pleasant read.

Gaarder, in a smooth and simple style, attempts to address major philosophical questions concerning life and existence: How and where did we come from? Where did the world come from?

In a novel within a novel, Gaarder takes us on an exciting journey to learn the history of different philosophies and their most important schools, pioneers, ideas, and stages of development.

The Joy of Less is the perfect gift for anyone you love who wants to simplify their life.

It is a book that deserves to be in every home.

Set aside those strict, extreme approaches found in other books Francine Jay gives us simple steps for an easy and fun way to get rid of all the chaos surrounding us in our lives and to organize things wherever we are.

Open this book, and youll be on your way to a quieter and simpler life.

At the end of the 1930s, while the civil war was at its height in Spain after General Franco and the Fascist Party overthrew the government, thousands found themselves forced to make the arduous and terrifying journey on the mountain roads to the French borders.

Even despite the cold winter, French government forces refuse to open up their borders to help the refugees.

And thus steps inPablo Neruda, a Chilean poet and ambassador in Paris who decides to help the refugees himself and prevent a humanitarian disaster.

He arranges the SS Winnipeg ship and interviews the refugees himself, hoping to give them a new life in the land of Chile.

Thanks to a wonderful translation from the late Saleh Almani, were brought a great human work about hope, exile and belonging.

Professor of PsychiatryNabil Elkot presents the experiences he has accumulated during thirty years of working in the field of psychological aid and specialized psychotherapy.

With one out of every four people suffering from a psychological disorder, many are in need of scientifically understanding what mental illness truly is in order to help themselves or a friend.

This book has something for everyone:for those who suffer from mental disorders and for those who do not.

It helps them understand and dissect the nature of some of the most common psychological disorders in a simple and organized manner, and explains what the best ways to deal and coexist with them are alongside how to prevent them

With graceful language and a fluid writing style, this book presents 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your childs developing mind.

It is based on scientific foundations regarding the nature of the brain and nervous system, and aims to help promotehealthy brain development leading tocalmer and happier children.

This book aims to teach parenting through the use of the left and right brain, teaching them to work together and help our children thrive.

Amr Moussas memoir reveals the ins and outs of the closed sessions and rooms that he witnessed firsthand during his presidency of the Arab League and his experiences as aninfluential actor among decision-makers in the Arab world and the Middle East region.

Jay Shetty, a writer and former monk, talks about how his time as a monk can help others unleash their potential.

He turns abstract lessons into tips and exercises that we can all apply to reduce the amount of stress we have and strengthen our relationships.

It is a book that will help you clear your mind of all negative thoughts and wash away bad habits from your life.

This is a book that aims to answer one question: Why do I feel bad?

Nesse, one of thefounders of the field of evolutionary medicine, uses his decades of experience as a psychiatrist to provide a new framework for understanding mental illness.

In this book, the author explains why natural selection has traits that make us vulnerable to disease, and proposes a new theory of how emotions have evolved to help us deal with the various opportunities and threats around us.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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2021 in books: what to look forward to this year – The Guardian


4 Winners of five Costa category awards announced.8 The Father released Florian Zeller directs an adaptation of his own play, starring Anthony Hopkins.11 TS Eliot prize for poetry.19 Centenary of the birth of Patricia Highsmith, queen of psychological suspense.22 Netflix adaptation of Aravind Adigas Booker winner The White Tiger.Release of film Chaos Walking, based on first book of Patrick Nesss eponymous trilogy.26 Costa awards ceremony, with book of the year announced.


Luster by Raven Leilani (Picador)In the years buzziest debut, a black American millennial tackles the difficulties of work, love, sex and being seen for who you really are.

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)A family grapples with mortality while Australia burns, in a magical realist fable about extinction and Anthropocene despair from the Booker-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Memorial by Bryan Washington (Atlantic)His story collection Lot won last years Dylan Thomas prize; this deft debut novel explores the complications of family and a gay relationship on the rocks.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Scribner)Three lives entangle in contemporary India, in a debut about class and aspiration that has been a sensation in the US.

The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin (John Murray)Debut novel about a woman rebuilding her marriage, from the celebrated Irish short story writer.

A River Called Time by Courttia Newland (Canongate)Ambitious speculative epic set in an alternate London where slavery and colonialism never happened.

People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd (Mantle)Smart, gobble-at-a-sitting thriller about life as a yummy mummy influencer and the dark side of Instagram.

Girl A by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)Incendiary, beautifully written thriller debut about siblings living with the emotional legacy of childhood abuse in a House of Horrors.

The Stranger Times by CK McDonnell (Bantam)Pratchettesque romp set around a Manchester newspaper dedicated to the paranormal whose reporters get sucked into a battle between good and evil.

Childrens and teen

Amari and the Night Brothers by BB Alston (Egmont)Film rights have been snapped up for the first in a new supernatural adventure series with a black heroine.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Walker)From the US YA sensation, this hard-hitting prequel to the award-winning The Hate U Give focuses on Starrs father as a young man.


Living Weapon by Rowan Ricardo Phillips (Faber)The award-winning American essayist and poets first collection to be published in the UK combines civic awareness with an interrogation of language and self.


A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)The Booker-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo considers the art of fiction through seven classic Russian short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol.

Francis Bacon: Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan (William Collins)A definitive biography, written with the full cooperation of the Bacon estate and with unrivalled access to the artists personal papers.

Begin Again: James Baldwins America by Eddie S Glaude Jr (Chatto & Windus)Exemplifying the resurgence of interest in Baldwin, this blend of biography, criticism and memoir with the novelist at its heart is an indictment of racial injustice in Trumps America.

Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain by Sathnam Sanghera (Viking)One of a new wave of books on British imperialism, this study, from the likable journalist and author of The Boy With the Topknot, looks at the legacy of empire from the NHS to Brexit and Covid.

Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic by Rachel Clarke (Little, Brown)The palliative care doctor who scored a hit with her book Dear Life gives an insider account of hospital life as Covid-19 changed everything.

Saving Justice by James Comey (Macmillan)The former FBI director and author of A Higher Loyalty looks into how institutions of justice in the US were eroded during the Trump presidency.

The Unusual Suspect by Ben Machell (Canongate)The remarkable story of how a British student with Aspergers became obsessed with Robin Hood following the global financial crash, and began to rob banks.

4 Centenary of the birth of Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique.23 Bicentenary of the death of John Keats in Rome.


Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (Faber)The author of Golden Hill imagines the lost futures of children killed in the blitz, in a sparkling, humane panorama of miraculous everyday life.

No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (Bloomsbury)Following her acclaimed comic memoir Priestdaddy, a fast and furious debut novel about being embedded deep in the digital world.

Mother for Dinner by Shalom Auslander (Picador)Outrageous comedy about identity politics and family ties centred on the Cannibal-American Seltzer clan.

We Are Not in the World by Conor OCallaghan (Transworld)Delayed from 2020, the examination of a father-daughter relationship by a rising Irish star.

Maxwells Demon by Steven Hall (Canongate)Long-awaited follow-up to ultra-inventive cult hit The Raw Shark Texts features a man being stalked by a fictional character.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson (Viking)Black British artists fall in love in an intense, elegant debut.

Voices of the Lost by Hoda Barakat, translated by Marilyn Booth (Oneworld)In a war-torn country, six characters share their secrets, in this international prize for Arabic fiction winner.

Childrens and teen

How to Change Everything by Naomi Klein with Rebecca Stefoff (Penguin)A guide to climate change billed as the young humans guide to protecting the planet and each other.


Fall by John Preston (Viking)The author of A Very English Scandal turns his attention to the last days of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.

What Does Jeremy Think? by Suzanne Heywood (William Collins)A set of revealing insider political accounts, written up by the author after conversations with her husband, the former cabinet secretary Lord Heywood, who died of cancer aged 56 in 2018.

Consent: A Memoir by Vanessa Springora, translated by Natasha Lehrer (HarperCollins)The memoir, by the director of one of Frances leading publishing houses, of her sexual relationship as a teenager with a leading writer.

Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay (Faber)The national poet of Scotland has written a new introduction to her study of the American blues singer, whom she idolised as a young black girl growing up in Glasgow.

Keats by Lucasta Miller (Cape)A new biography in nine poems and an epitaph by the author of The Bront Myth, to coincide with the bicentenary of the poets death.

Brown Baby by Nikesh Shukla (Bluebird) A memoir from the Bristol-based editor of The Good Immigrant, which is also an exploration of how to raise a brown baby in an increasingly horrible world.

Karachi Vice by Samira Shackle (Granta) An impressive account of the inner workings of the Pakistani city, as exposed by the stories of five individuals.

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)The biographer of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a book about Crispr, the revolutionary tool that can edit DNA.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates (Allen Lane)The co-founder of Microsoft discusses the tools needed to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Raceless by Georgina Lawton (Sphere)Reflections on identity along with recollections of growing up as a mixed-race girl raised by two white parents who pursued the untruth that the authors darker skin was the product of a so-called throwback gene.

Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu (Sceptre)A descendant of Ashanti royalty recounts growing up without a mother, travelling from country to country and feeling an absence of home her experience told through the metaphor of earthquakes.

19 Bicentenary of the birth of the explorer, linguist and author Richard Burton, who translated The One Thousand and One Nights and the Kama Sutra into English.


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)An Artificial Friend considers humanity and the meaning of love in Ishiguros first novel since winning the Nobel literature prize.

Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn (Harvill Secker)The author of the Patrick Melrose books investigates themes of inheritance, knowledge and freedom through the connections between three friends over one tumultuous year.

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)This follow-up to her debut Homegoing, focusing on an immigrant Ghanaian family in the American South, has been a huge hit in the US.

Painting Time by Maylis de Kerangal, translated by Jessica Moore (MacLehose)The French author took the Wellcome science prize for her bravura novel about a heart transplant, Mend the Living; this new book is set in the world of trompe lil painting.

Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley (John Murray)Her debut Elmet made the Booker shortlist; this followup tackles money and class through the inhabitants of Londons Soho.

Kitchenly 434 by Alan Warner (White Rabbit)The Sopranos authors tale of a rock stars butler at the fag end of the 1970s promises to be Remains of the Day with cocaine and amplifiers.

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Corsair)In the sequel to Pulitzer winner The Sympathizer, that novels conflicted spy finds himself in the underworld of 80s Paris.

The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Michael Joseph)From the New Zealand writer, a propulsive parallel-worlds fantasy epic about the power of stories and storytelling.

The Mysterious Correspondent by Marcel Proust, translated by Charlotte Mandell (Oneworld)Nine previously unseen stories illuminate a young writers development.

Names of the Women by Jeet Thayil (Cape)From Mary of Magdala to Susanna the Barren, women whose stories were suppressed in the New Testament.

Redder Days by Sue Rainsford (Doubleday)Twins in an abandoned commune prepare for apocalypse, in the follow-up to her standout debut Follow Me to Ground.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward (Viper)A woman believes she has found the monster who snatched her younger sister as a child Full of twists and turns, this high-concept gothic horror is going to be huge.

Childrens and teen

The Wild Before by Piers Torday (Quercus)Can one hare change the world? A prequel to the Guardian prize-winning The Last Wild.


Too Young, Too Loud, Too Different, edited by Maisie Lawrence and Rishi Dastidar (Corsair)An anthology celebrating 20 years of writers collective Malikas Poetry Kitchen, featuring work by now well-known alumni including Warsan Shire, Inua Ellams, Roger Robinson and Malika Booker herself.


Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (Allen Lane)Having spent a year in rehab, the controversial Canadian psychologist, self-styled professor against political correctness follows up his global bestseller 12 Rules for Life.

Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert (Bodley Head)The Pulitzer prize-winning writer of The Sixth Extinction meets scientists and researchers and asks: can we change nature, this time to save it?

The Soul of a Woman: Rebel Girls, Impatient Love, and Long Life by Isabel Allende (Bloomsbury)An autobiographical meditation from the bestselling novelist on feminism and what women want.

New Yorkers by Craig Taylor (John Murray) The sequel to Taylors bestselling Londoners is another work of oral history, 10 years in the writing and drawing on hundreds of interviews.

The Diaries of Chips Channon, Volume 1: 1918-1938 edited by Simon Heffer (Hutchinson)The unexpurgated version of the often-quoted diaries of Henry Channon, social climber and Tory MP, who liked to gossip about politics and London society.

A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib (Allen Lane)From Josephine Baker to Beyonc reflections on black performance from the author of a superb book on A Tribe Called Quest.

Inventory of a Life Mislaid by Marina Warner (William Collins)A memoir from the writer known for her books on feminism, myth and fairytales, which is structured around objects, from her mothers wedding ring to a 1952 film cylinder.

Friends by Robin Dunbar (Little, Brown)An exploration of friendship by the anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist known for the Dunbar Number, his theory that we can have meaningful relationships with only 150 people.

The Gun, the Ship and the Pen by Linda Colley (Profile) The historian best known for Britons retells modern history by considering the spread of written constitutions.

Failures of State by Jonathan Calvert and George Arbuthnot (Mudlark) Investigative journalists explore all the things the British government got wrong over Covid.

9 Bicentenary of the birth of the influential French poet, translator and critic Charles Baudelaire, author of Les Fleurs du Mal.


Lean Fall Stand by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)An inquiry into the meaning of courage in the aftermath of a disastrous Antarctic research expedition, following the Costa-winning Reservoir 13.

My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley (Granta)Fearless, darkly witty novel anatomising a toxic mother-daughter relationship.

Civilisations by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (Harvill Secker)A counterfactual history of the modern world from the author of HHhH, examining the urge for power across time and space.

The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift)Sight was shortlisted for the Womens prize in 2018; in Greengrasss second novel, an ordinary family prepares for climate catastrophe.

This One Sky Day by Leone Ross (Faber)Set on a magical archipelago, a big, carnivalesque novel that takes on desire, addiction and postcolonialism, but is also a celebration of food, love and joy.

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel (Harvill Secker)A new collection of eight stories that play with the boundary between memoir and fiction.

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer (4th Estate)A climate change conspiracy thriller about ecoterrorism and extinction.

The Republic of False Truths by Alaa Al Aswany (Faber)A polyphonic novel about the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

Male Tears by Benjamin Myers (Bloomsbury)Farmers, boxers, ex-cons Short stories about men and masculinity.

Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith (Cape)The US army runs a secret genetics programme in this epic graphic novel from the Marvel and Conan artist, 35 years in the making.

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes (Simon & Schuster) The latest in the thriller series behind Netflix stalker blockbuster You.

Childrens and teen

Weirdo by Zadie Smith and Nick Laird, illustrated by Magenta Fox (Puffin)This first picture book from the husband and wife writers celebrates the quiet power of being different through the story of a guinea pig in a judo suit.

Bone Music by David Almond (Hodder)The Skellig authors new novel focuses on a young girl who moves from Newcastle to rural Northumberland and finds herself rewilded.


A God at the Door by Tishani Doshi (Bloodaxe)The witty, wise and clear-eyed novelist, dancer and poet deploys both rage and sharp analysis covering issues from the precarious state of the environment to the treatment of women.

A Blood Condition by Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto & Windus)The second collection from the Dylan Thomas prize-winner explores both the personal and cultural influences of inheritance.


Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey (Jonathan Cape)Renowned biographer Bailey was appointed by the American novelist, who died in 2018, and granted independence and complete access to the archive.

Go Big: How To Fix Our World by Ed Miliband (Bodley Head)Inspired by his Reasons to be Cheerful podcast, the shadow cabinet member investigates 20 transformative solutions to problems as intractable as inequality and the climate crisis.

How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World by Henry Mance (Jonathan Cape)Tapping into new thinking about animals and our changing perception of them, the FT journalist works in an abattoir, talks to chefs and philosophers and looks to a better future.

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Conspiracy theories on the right, cancel culture on the left: how political legitimacy came under threat in 2020 – The Conversation AU

2020 has been a challenging year. For some challenges, such as the coronavirus, a light is appearing at the end of the tunnel. But for others, the true consequences may be only beginning to appear.

This is perhaps no more true than in the assault on political legitimacy. In 2020, this was threatened by forces on opposite sides of politics: cancel culture on the left and conspiracy theories on the right.

Each poses a serious threat, as a collapse in political legitimacy means people think the normal rules dont apply anymore, making the world a more difficult and even dangerous place for all of us.

What exactly is political legitimacy and why is it important?

Lets start with a definition of legitimacy. Legitimacy, in this context, refers to whether we should accept a decision, rule or institution.

It doesnt require wholehearted agreement. For example, we might think a workplace decision is misguided, but decide that as an employee we should go along with it anyway.

Political legitimacy refers to the legitimacy of laws and authorities in the eyes of the people. It allows rules and public institutions to function effectively.

We will never all agree on exactly what the law should be particularly in pluralistic societies. However, we can all agree that democratic decision-making is an appropriate way to make laws.

Of course, legitimacy has limits. If a democracy votes to enslave an ethnic minority, this wouldnt be acceptable. Legitimacy only works when the outcomes are tolerable.

Read more: To combat conspiracy theories teach critical thinking and community values

The terms cancel culture and call-out culture which became ubiquitous in 2020, particularly on the political left refer to practices of shutting down, shaming or deterring those who are perceived to speak in offensive or harmful ways.

Examples abound, but one notable case occurred during the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality in the US in May.

Political analyst David Shor tweeted a summary of a Black Princeton professors research about the historical impact of violent protests on Democratic voting. When called out for perceived anti-Blackness, Shor apologised, but was nevertheless fired.

Read more: Is cancel culture silencing open debate? There are risks to shutting down opinions we disagree with

More recently, employees at Penguin Random House in Canada lodged an official protest at the news that a sequel to Jordan Petersons bestseller, 12 Rules for Life, would be published. It echoed an earlier employee-led revolt against the publication of J.K. Rowlings new childrens book.

Stifling and shutting down controversial voices, such as Peterson and Rowling, presents two challenges to political legitimacy.

First, it prevents inclusive dialogue. Those in the minority on any issue can no longer console themselves with the fact that at least they had the opportunity to say their piece and have their views considered. Instead, they are silenced and excluded.

Second, the idea that voters on the right have not just wrong, but harmful views poses a further threat to legitimacy.

Why should progressives respect democratic outcomes such as the victories of Republican legislators in the 2020 US elections, or Trumps win in 2016 if these outcomes simply reflect what they perceive as the manifestly intolerable views of millions of conservative voters?

From the opposite side of politics comes another threat: conspiracy theories.

To be sure, conspiracies do occur, but they are usually confined to close-knit groups at single organisations that excel at secrecy (for example, intelligence agencies).

Many currently popular conspiracy theories require strikingly poor reasoning practices.

Even setting aside QAnons wacky beliefs, the idea peddled by outgoing President Donald Trump that the US election was stolen is far-fetched. No tangible evidence has been presented for this claim.

In fact, many of the institutions certifying the result were run by Republican officials, while Republican-appointed judges have thrown out many Trump campaign cases brought to court. And though Joe Biden won the presidential contest, Democrats had an unexpectedly poor showing in other races.

If Trumps claim was true, such a conspiracy would have to be far-reaching (including both Republicans and Democrats) and powerful (leaving no evidence), while at the same time being stunningly incompetent (having forgotten to ensure Democratic victories in Congress).

Yet, this theory is extraordinarily popular, with the vast majority of the presidents 74 million voters believing fraud changed the election outcome.

Read more: Conspiracy theories may seem irrational but they fulfill a basic human need

This impacts political legitimacy because a stubborn lack of respect for evidence undermines public deliberative practices. It is impossible to find points of agreement when large-scale conspiracies throw so much into question.

Conspiracies about election results also threaten democratic legitimacy. If everything is controlled by a sinister cabal, then elections are a farce.

Worse, if ones political opponents are seen as utterly evil for example, cannibalistic Satanic child traffickers then not even authentic elections could legitimise their rule.

So, both conspiracy thinking and cancel culture can challenge the legitimacy of democratic decision-making.

But this is not all they have in common. Both are longstanding practices whose recent rise has been fuelled by social media. Both are personally rewarding, as they allow believers to position themselves as manifestly superior to others (the deplorables or sheeple).

Both views are also self-sealing insofar as adherents shield themselves from contrary ideas and evidence (allowing groupthink to flourish).

Cancel culture advocates never need face uncomfortable critique because opponents can simply be cancelled or called out, derailing further discussion.

And conspiracy theorists can simply dismiss critique as part of the conspiracy, or based on falsities spread by the conspiracy.

Even in Australia, commentators have observed the woeful state of political deliberation and its impact on trust in institutions. In the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, for example, Commissioner Kenneth Haynes lamented

political rhetoric now resorts to the language of war, seeking to portray opposing views as presenting existential threats to society as we now know it.

Unfortunately, because these views are self-sealing, and because they attach to peoples chosen identities, there are no easy responses to them.

Still, these movements are not monolithic. Many from the left have spoken out against political intolerance, and some Republican officials in the US have stood up against Trumps conspiracy theories.

Perhaps the best message as we enter a new year is to remain respectful and empathetic to others.

At a base level, keep in mind that others may have legitimate concerns: conspiracies do happen and everyone has limits to what they will tolerate.

Rather than reacting with anger or mockery, or directly challenging someones position, its often best to enquire carefully into their views.

And if you disagree with them, rather than aiming to change their mind, instead try to sow a few seeds of doubt that may lead to reasonable discussion and encourage later reflection.

Conspiracy theories on the right, cancel culture on the left: how political legitimacy came under threat in 2020 - The Conversation AU

Cancel Culture: The Lit-World Year In Review – Book and Film Globe

As Ive chronicled the minutiae of the literary world online this year, Ive seen a lot of cancellations. Ive collected the biggest hits below, and updated some stories to see how the authors fared after facing the Internets fury. The experience has left me a little confused; Im wondering just what cancel culture really means anymore.

The now-infamous letter in Harpers Bazaar decried a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity and called for argument over criticism. Many critics, especially in reaction to a hot story, have legitimate concerns about censorship, and may conflate that with cancellation.

As well see below, calling out a racist book or an unsavory author online doesnt always hurt sales; if anything, it probably helps them. All press is good press, as they say. At best, some folks argue, the cancellation opens up some space for conversations around the very white publishing industry.

When critics on social media cancel a [] writer or book, its really about ongoing frustrations with an overwhelmingly white publishing industry, writes Molly Templeton about cancelled YA authors for Buzzfeed News. [A]nd if we step back and consider that the power to publish or cancel a book lies not with internet critics but with publishers and authorsthen theres another aspect of these stories thats often ignored in mainstream discussions: What if these critics, with their focus on representation and diversity, have a point? And what change might happen if more people listened to them?

Its been a transformational year for sure, in more ways than one. Im grateful for all the juicy literary gossip out there to keep me entertained mid-pandemic, and hopeful for where it may take the industry. Until then, lets take a look back at the year in cancel culture, and see how our authors are doing.

Though not the years first cancellation, American Dirt was probably the biggest. Cummins Oprah-stamped novel about the immigrant experience was problematic for a number of reasons: the writing was tropey and unoriginal; the writer is a white woman who dug up a Puerto Rican grandparent to sound more legit; and, largely, the novel raised the question of whose stories get big advances and publishing power and whose dont. American Dirt is currently #17 on Amazons list of most read books this week, and was a New York Times best seller. A film adaptation is in the works.

Allen made the cancel culture rounds once again in March after publisher Hachette pulled the filmmakers forthcoming memoir after publishing industry employees staged a protest amid continued allegations of Allens sexual abuse of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow in the 1990s. The book landed at Arcade Publishing, which released it a few weeks later. Its first printing sold out almost immediately, and every major publication, including this one, reviewed it.

In response to a racist comment about the death of George Floyd, Marisa Corvisiero, founder and agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency, didnt just step down; she fired her whole staff. It was a confusing move that certainly escalated things for Corvisiero. I doubt Id be writing about her here if shed quietly left or apologized. At the time of this writing, the Corvisiero website is back up and running, and lists the founder as accepting new queries. The agencys staff page also reflects some new hires, leading me to wonder if Corvisiero or her staff were really the ones to suffer.

Tobias Literary Agency (TLA), a full-service agency that is explicitly looking for non-white and marginalized voices to publish, fired former assistant agent Sasha White for anti-trans comments on her personal Twitter. White is now an interview host at Plebity, a California-based free speech nonprofit. Her Twitter bio reads, Interested in giving a platform to people whove been punished for their speech, and her interviewees are mostly fellow victims of cancel culture.

The billionaire author rattled off some anti-trans tweets that drew her TERF-y opinions into the public view. Since then, she has definitely doubled down on those opinions. I think the Harry Potter series is so large as to be above cancellation at this pointAmazon lists them all as having spent the last 188 weeks on their most read books of the weekand her newest childrens book, The Ickabog, is currently #17 on Amazons list of most sold books this week.

Target pulled Shriers book on the trans epidemic from its shelves last month after a Twitter user accused the writer of transphobia. Since then, the Economist named it one of itsBooks of the Year, and The New York Times dubbed it one of theBest Books of 2021.

The world has cancelled Jordan Peterson since 2016 for decrying gender-neutral bathrooms, but most recently, publishing staff protested the release and support of his upcoming book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life. As of this writing, Simon & Schuster is still slating Petersons book for publication in March 2021.

Burchill is a last-minute entry into this consortium of cancellation. Publisher Little, Brown nixedher forthcoming book about, ahem, cancel cultureafter the author was accused of making Islamophobic comments toward journalist Ash Sarkar. I just wonder if theres somecode of conduct at the Sunday Telegraph which would mean that outright racismfor instance, falsely accusing me of worshipping a paedophilewas a bit of a no no, she tweeted in part. As is my duty, I will await Burchills response and see where her book lands. (Is Arcade currently taking new queries?)

Though Epstein earned the Internets ire for a misguided editorial about the First Lady-elect, I prefer his earlier work. About a week before, he published an essay in the National Review that decries the modern literary landscapes lack of literature.

[T]hat we are in a less-than-rich period for literature today, cannot be doubted. Ask yourself whose next novel among living novelists you are eagerly awaiting. Name your three favorite living poets. Which contemporary critics do you most rely upon? he writes. If you feel you need more time to answer these questionsa long, slow fiscal quarter, say not to worry, for I dont have any impressive answers to these questions either. Recent years have been lean pickings for literature.

He obviously doesnt read Book & Film Globe, where trenchant criticismof serious literature, from across a vast spectrum of genres and creators, abounds.

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The most anticipated books of 2021 – Sydney Morning Herald

Claire G. Coleman will publish Enclave in October.Credit:Joe Armao

After writing memoirs and a young adult novel, Alice Pung turns her hand to adult fiction with One Hundred Days (June, Black Inc.) about a teen whose mother confines her to their housing commission flat for 100 days. In Jesustown (August, A&U), Paul Daley follows a historian who leaves London after the accidental death of his son and travels to a former mission town in far north Australia. In Echolalia (June, Vintage), Briohny Doyle takes us to a fictional regional city beset by drought and the aftermath of a family tragedy. For a smile, try husband and wife Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist's Two Steps Onward (March, Text), a follow up to their Two Steps Forward.

The youngest person to be shortlisted for the Stella Prize, Jamie Marina Lau, follows her bamboozling debut Pink Mountain on Locust Island with Gunk Baby (May, Hachette), about a budding entrepreneur who opens an ear-cleaning business in the local mall. After winning the Stella Prize in 2015 with her debut The Strays, Emily Bitto will publish Menagerie (second half, A&U), which tells of a young man on a doomed American road trip. Following her poignant debut, The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy again takes the natural world as her subject in Once There Were Wolves (August, Hamish Hamilton). And more than a decade after publishing Fugitive Blue, Claire Thomas returns with a bang with a promised breakthrough novel The Performance (March, Hachette).

Author Alice Pung will publish her first adult novel, One Hundred Days.

Also expect new titles from: John Kinsella (Pushing Back, February, Transit Lounge), Trevor Shearston (The Beach Caves, February, Scribe), Pip Adams (Nothing to See, March, Giramondo), Stephen Orr (Sincerely, Ethel Malley, April, Wakefield Press), Debra Oswald (The Family Doctor, March, A&U), Nikki Gemmell (The Ripping Tree, April, Fourth Estate) and Kate Morton (untitled, second half, A&U).

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most journalists have a manuscript tucked away in the bottom drawer of their desks and it seems publishers have been busy enticing writers to move from fact to fiction. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age writer Jacqueline Maley's first novel, The Truth About Her (April, Fourth Estate), follows journalist and single mother Suzy Hamilton who is troubled after the death of one of the subjects of her investigations. Also drawing on his day-job, journalist Barry Divola's Driving Stevie Fracasso (March, HarperCollins) is about a down-and-out music journalist tasked with driving his estranged ex-rock star brother from Texas to New York. Former Saturday Paper chief correspondent Martin McKenzie-Murray's The Speech Writer (Scribe, February) starts with the Prime Minister's ex-speechwriter in a high-security prison ghost writing letters for his cell mates. Wine writer Campbell Mattinson's We Were Not Men, about the relationship between twin brothers, is published by Fourth Estate in June.

As Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles approaches its 70th birthday, Angela O'Keeffe's intriguing debut, Night Blue (May, Transit), is told in the voice of the abstract painting. Neurodiverse author Madeleine Ryan's A Room Called Earth (March, Scribe) promises to "reveal something new about what it means to be a human trying to communicate with others".

Publishing newcomer Ultimo Press pins its hopes on Hannah Bents When Things Are Alive They Hum (second half) about two sisters and set in Hong Kong, London and China in the year 2000. Other works from fresh faces include Ella Baxter's New Animal (February, A&U), L.P McMahon's As Swallows Fly (March, Ventura), Emma Spurr's A Million Things (March, Text), Sophie Overett's The Rabbits (July, Michael Joseph) and Max Easton's Leaving the Plain (tbc, Giramondo)

Jacqueline Maley will publish her first novel, The Truth About Her, in April.Credit:Louise Kennerley

Look out for these short story collections: Adam Thompson (Born Into This, February, UQP), Te-Ping Chen (Land of Big Numbers, March, Scribner) Melissa Manning (Smokehouse, April, UQP), Chloe Wilson (Hold Your Fire, March, Simon & Schuster) and Paige Clark (She is Haunted and Other Stories, August, A&U).

In his first novel since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun (March, A&U) is about an "Artificial Friend" who waits for a customer to choose her. Jonathan Franzen will release what's been dubbed "the grandest sounding novel of 2021", A Key to All Mythologies: Crosswords (Fourth Estate, October), the first in a trilogy that will "span three generations and trace the inner life of our culture through to the present day".

Also polarising, but in prose rather than personality, Grief is a Thing with Feathers author Max Porter's The Death of Francis Bacon (February, A&U) about a dying painter. Similarly turning to art, Rachel Cusk publishes Second Place (May, A&U) about a woman who invites a famous artist to visit her in a remote coastal region.

Colson Whitehead's literary crime novel Harlem Shuffle is a family saga set in New York City of the early 1960s.Credit:Alamy

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead's literary crime novel Harlem Shuffle (September, Penguin Random House) is a family saga set in New York City in the early 1960s and in the same month Sebastian Faulks is due to release Snow Country (Vintage). After his Booker-shortlisted, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Overstory (yes, that really long book about trees), Richard Powers will release Bewilderment (September, William Heinemann) ,which takes our imperiled world as its subject. Jennifer Egan is also expected to have a new novel later in the year.

Keep your eyes peeled for: Viet Than Nguyen'sThe Committed (March, Corsair), his long awaited sequel to his Pulitzer-winning debut The Sympathiser; Lisa Harding's moving Bright Burning Things (March, Bloomsbury); Haruki Murakami's collection of eight short stories (First Person Singular, April, Harvill Secker) and Imbolo Mbue's second novel How Beautiful We Were (April, A&U).

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun is out in March.Credit:Alastair Grant

Turning her hand to fiction after the international phenomenon that was Three Women, Lisa Taddeo's Animal (June, Bloomsbury) is about "one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator". Other new voices to watch include: Caleb Azumah Nelson's Open Water about two black British artists falling in and out of love (February, Viking), Irish writer Una Mannion's A Crooked Tree (February, A&U) and Zakiya Dalila Harris' The Other Black Girl (June, Bloomsbury) which prompted a nine-way auction.

Scrublands author Chris Hammer gets better with each novel and his fourth, as yet untitled, is due out with A&U in the second half of the year. Sarah Bailey follows her bestselling The Dark Lake and Into the Night with Housemate (second half, A&U), the third in her Gemma Woodstock series. A former soldier and an Airbnb rental feature in Call Me Evie writer J.P. Pomare's The Last Guests (August, Hachette) and an arts journalist chasing a deadly scoop is the subject of Pip Drysdale's The Paris Affair (February, S&S).

When it comes to the Michaels, Michael Robotham has his first standalone thriller since The Secrets She Keeps with When You Are Mine (July, Hachette) and Michael Brissenden's Dead Letters (February, Hachette) moves from the streets of Sydney to the corridors of Canberra. Also keep an eye out for The Cry author Helen Fitzgerald's Ash Mountain (March, Affirm); Tasmanian writer Kyle Perry's second novel The Deep (July, Michael Joseph) and Beautiful Revolutionary writer Laura Elizabeth Woolletts The Newcomer (July, Scribe) about the murder of a young woman on Norfolk Island.

Sarah Bailey's third novel, Housemate, is out later this year.

There's no shortage of crime debuts, including novels by Banjo Prize-winner Elizabeth Flann (Dogs, January, HarperCollins), Kill Your Darlings publishing director Rebecca Starford (The Imitator, February, A&U) and Richell Prize-winning author Ruth McIver (I Shot the Devil, June, Hachette). Former professional snowboarder Allie Reynolds has a locked-room thriller set in the French Alps (Shiver, February, Hachette), Amy Suiter Clarke's Girl, 11 (May, Text) is led by a social worker turned true crime podcaster; John Byron's Sydney-set story follows a serial killer recreating scenes from the foundation text of modern anatomy (The Tribute, July, Affirm) and Peter Papathanasiou offers what could be our first fictional Greek-Australian detective (The Stoning, October, Transit).

The Natural Way of Things author Charlotte Wood's Inner Life (second half, A&U) develops an essay published in Spectrum about the creative process, inspiration and hard work. Rick Morton follows his acclaimed debut memoir One Hundred Years of Dirt with My Year of Living Vulnerably (March, HarperCollins) and Eggshell Skull writer Bri Lee's Brains (second half, A&U) explores the structural inequalities behind elite institutions.

After publishing feminist manifestos Fight Like A Girl and Boys Will Be Boys, Clementine Ford's How We Love (second half, A&U) is a deeply personal account of love, motherhood and her family. After a year dominating column inches, ABC's former chief economics correspondent Emma Alberici promises to Rewrite the Story (September, Hardie Grant). One of Australia's most famous playwrights, David Williamson, is set to release his as yet untitled autobiography (October, HarperCollins) as is Dick Smith, one of Australia's most famous businessmen (August, A&U).

Writer Bri Lee's Brains will be released in the second half of 2020.Credit:Wolter Peeters

Sexuality, gender and bodies continue to dominate, with no shortage in creative non-fiction that blends memoir, essay and cultural history. Look out for Sam van Zweden's Eating With My Mouth Open (February, NewSouth Books); Billy-Ray Belcourt's A History of My Brief Body (May, QUP), Lucia Osborne-Crowley's My Body Keeps Your Secrets (June, A&U) and Shane Jenek (aka Courtney Act)'s Gender, Sexuality and Growing Up Fluid (October, Pantera).

Other highlights include: Fiona Murphy's memoir about being deaf, The Shape of Sound (March, Text), writer Alison Croggon's Monsters (March, Scribe), Storm and Grace novelist Kathryn Heyman's Fury (May, A&U), Lech Blaine's Car Crash (March, Black Inc.), Sinead Stubbins' In My Defence, I Have No Defence (June, Affirm) and Yumiko Kadota's Emotional Female (March, Viking).

Writer, researcher and editor Evelyn Araluen's debut Dropbear (March, QUP) will blend poetry and essay.At Ventura, the standout is Christine Skyes' Gough And Me (May), about the authors relationship with Gough Whitlam who lived on her street in Cabramatta and whose political reforms shaped her life.

Politicians picking up the pen include Chris Bowen (On Charlatans, March, Hachette), Kate Ellis (Sex, Lies and Question Time, April, Hardie Grant), Scott Ludlam (Full Circle Power, May, Black Inc.), Mehreen Faruqi (July, A&U) and Julia Banks (Power Play, August, Hardie Grant).

American actor Will Smith will share his life story in a biography due out in September.Credit:Jason Merritt

Blockbuster releases are expected from actor Sharon Stone (The Beauty of Living Twice, April, A&U), Chelsea Manning (untitled, May, Bodley Head) and actors Stanley Tucci (Taste, Fig Tree, July) and Will Smith (Will, September, Century).

Nearly 15 years after Fun Home proved what the graphic novel can do, Alison Bechdel has The Secret to Superhuman Strength (April, Houghton Mifflin) about fitness fads and exercise obsessions.

Chelsea Manning has an autobiography out in May.Credit:AP

On the way are two biographies of Australia's 30th Prime Minister Scott Morrison by political reporters Annika Smethurst (The Accidental PM, July, Hachette) and Sean Kelly (Scott Morrison: A political portrait, October, Black Inc.) New Zealand's Prime Minister also goes under the microscope in Supriya Vani and Carl A. Harte's Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy (May, Hardie Grant).

Journalist Paddy Manning offers the first Australian biography of Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of Rupert Murdoch and expected heir to his empire, with Sly Fox (November, Black Inc.). Stephen Chavura and Greg Melleuish have a new account of Australia's longest-serving prime minister The Forgotten Menzies (May, MUP).

Journalist Santilla Chingaipe tells the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies in Black Convict out in July.

Historian Henry Reynolds looks to the question of First Nations sovereignty and argues for the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in Truth-Telling (February, NewSouth). After discovering the involvement of his relatives, David Marr blends the personal and historical in A Family Business (October, Black Inc.) about Queensland's frontier massacres in the 19th century. Journalist Santilla Chingaipe tells the stories of convicts of African descent transported to the Australian penal colonies in Black Convict (July, Picador).

The prolific Tom Keneally recounts the story of how a Luger from World War I ended up being involved in the death of an IRA turncoat in NSW in 1933 in Corporal Hitler's Pistol (August, Vintage). Other dives into Australian history include: David Hunt's Girt Nation (November, Black Inc.), his third instalment after Girt and True Girt; Stuart Macintyre's The Party (second half, A&U) about the Cold War period, the sequel to his 1998 history of the Communist Party of Australia, The Reds; Matt Murphy's exploration of booze in colonial Australia (Rum, June, HarperCollins) and Guy Hull's account of foreign animal species The Ferals (July, Harper Collins).

Rebecca Wilson tells the story of Ned Kelly's sister in full for the first time in Kate Kelly (February, A&U) and Ian Hoskins has the first work to explore Australia's relationship with the Pacific region from the arrival of humans more than 60,000 years ago in Australia and the Pacific (June, New South).

Robert Wainwright will publish a biography of Nellie Melba.Credit:National Library of Australia

Turning to culture, Eleanor Hogan has a biography of writers Daisy Bates and Ernestine Hill (Into the Loneliness, March, NewSouth) and Joyce Morgan details the life of Sydney author Elizabeth von Arnim who is having something of a resurgence after one of her books was mentioned in Downtown Abbey in The Countless from Kirribilli (July, A&U). Robert Wainwright will release a biography of soprano Nellie Melba (The Diva and the Duc, second half, A&U) and Evelyn Juers takes to the stage with Philippa Cullen in The Dancer (tbc, Giramondo).

Also look out for: Simon Winchester's history of land ownership (Land, February, HarperCollins); Frances Wilson's Burning Man: The Ascent of DH Lawrence (Bloomsbury, May); Andrew Morton on royal sisters Elizabeth and Margaret (April, Hardie Grant) and Katie Booth's revisionary biography of Alexander Graham Bell, The Invention of Miracles (April, Scribe).

After cleaning up awards with her 2019 book The Trauma Cleaner, Sarah Krasnostein's The Believer (March, Text) weaves together the stories of six people and their faith and convictions. Journalist Stan Grant's latest, With the Falling of the Dusk (April, HarperCollins), is about the challenges facing our world. After his international blockbuster The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben returns with The Heartbeat of Trees (June, Black Inc.). Tobias McCorkell looks at Australia's relationship with class in essays Cop This Lot (May, Scribe); Randa Abdel-Fattah's Coming of Age in the War on Terror (February, New South) explores the world post 9/11 as the generation born at the time of the attacks turns 18and Carly Findlay edits the latest in the Growing Up series, Growing Up Disabled (February, Black Inc.).

Mark McKenna's Return to Uluru (March, Black Inc.) takes as its starting point the 1934 shooting at Uluru of Aboriginal man Yokunnuna by white policeman Bill McKinnon; Mick Warner looks at the power and politics of AFL in The Boys' Club (June, Hachette) and The Australian's foreign editor Greg Sheridan follows Good is Good for You with Christians (August, A&U). Helen Garner is also expected to have a new non-fiction work out with Text later this year.

Author Randa Abdel-Fattah's Coming of Age in the War on Terror is out in February.

Books about last year's bushfires will also hit the shelves, including: Michael Rowland's edited collection of essays by ABC journalists, Black Summer (January, ABC Books); philosopher Danielle Celermajer's essays Summertime (February, Hamish Hamilton); science writer John Pickrell's Flames of Extinction (March, NewSouth); journalist Bronwyn Adcock's Currowan (August, Black Inc.) and former NSW Fire and Rescue commissioner Greg Mullins' Firestorm (September, Viking Australia).

Writers investigating human interaction with the natural world include Bill Gates (How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, February, Allen Lane); Richard Beasley (Dead in the Water, February, A&U); Jonica Newby (Beyond Climate Grief, NewSouth); Michael E. Mann (The New Climate War, February, Scribe); Gabrielle Chan (Why You Should Give a F--- about Farming, August, Vintage); and Ian Lowe (Long Half Life, August, Monash).

In politics, Peter van Onselen and Wayne Errington grade Scott Morrison in How Good is Scott Morrison? (March, Hachette), Zoe Daniel and Roscoe Whalan explore how the Trump presidency has changed the world (February, ABC Books) and former press gallery journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh considers the division between Church and state with In God's Name (second half, A&U).

Elsewhere in current affairs, Trevor Watson and Melissa Roberts edit a collection of essays from foreign correspondents in The Beijing Bureau (May, Hardie Grant); Nicholas Jose and Benjamin Madden edit Antipodean China (February, Giramondo), an anthology of writing by Australian and Chinese authors and academic David Brophy has China Panic out through La Trobe in June.

Stan Grant's latest non-fiction book, The Falling of Dusk, is released in April.Credit:Louie Douvis

If we can't go on cruises, we can at least read about the reason why in Duncan McNab's The Ruby Princess (February, Macmillan). Also speaking to COVID-19 times, are economist Ross Garnaut's Reset (Februrary, La Trobe), Hugh McKay's The Loving Country (May, A&U) and everyone's favourite medical expert Norman Swan in So You Think You Know What's Good for You (July, Hachette).

On gender, power and feminism try: Koa Beck's White Feminism (February, S&S) Isabel Allende's The Soul of a Woman (March, Bloomsbury), and Zareh Ghazarian and Katrina Lee-Koo's collection Gender Politics: Navigating Political Leadership in Australia (May, NewSouth).

Isabel Allende's non-fiction book, The Soul of a Woman, is out in March.

There's also a new book from former FBI director James Comey (Saving Justice, January, Macmillan), George Saunders' guide to seven classic Russian short stories (A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, February, Bloomsbury), Jordan Peterson's already controversial Beyond Order: 12 more rules for life (March, Allen Lane), Julie K.Brown's investigation into Jeffrey Epstein, Perversion of Justice (May, HarperCollins) and Johann Hari's Lost Focus (October, Bloomsbury) about our addictions to phones, social media and television.

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Melanie Kembrey is Culture Deputy Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

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