Human Kindness and the Smell of Warm Croissants by Ruwen Ogien
c/o Columbia University Press (via Netgalley)
I wish this book had been around when I was studying Moral Philosophy at university - clear, accessible and entertaining it provides simple but thorough explanations of several questions, theories and problems regarding human morality. From charitable donations to abortions, runaway trolley cars to torture, it covers a range of issues and prompted me to think deeply about why I hold the moral beliefs that I do.
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
c/o Pan Macmillan (via Netgalley)
Matthew Quick is the author of The Silver Linings Playbook (which I loved) so a part of me fought against him writing another kooky book about mental health issues - "tell me a different story!" But he is telling a different story and, within a few chapters, I had accepted that. 39 year old Bartholomew Neil has always lived with his mother and never had to work or provide for himself; when she dies, he is offered support by an array of people who all have issues of their own to tackle. Sweet without being overly sentimental, quirky without trying to make social dysfunctions cute.
The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales by Kirsty Logan
An eclectic selection of short stories from steampunk romance to heartbreak on a remote Scottish island. Love, sex and sexuality run through them all and some of them are beautiful.
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