Henry's Favorites: Contemplative Selections from 2021

When We Cease to Understand the World Cover Image
By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781681375663
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Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

Labatut weaves memoir and imagination into this gripping collection of creative historical science (non?)fiction. For STEM-inclined humanities people and anyone who has found themself awed by mystery of the natural world.

Bewilderment: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

A touching exploration of human connection -- connection across the universe, across the border between life and death, and across the unbridgeable gaps between us, nature, and each other.

No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

 By turns hilarious and deeply affecting, No One is Talking About This deserves its Booker shortlist accolades and more. For the Very Online and those who love them.

Long Rain Cover Image
By Lenard D. Moore, Guy Davenport (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781732436992
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Published: Wet Cement Press - November 15th, 2021

A beautiful collection of peaceful, refreshing tanka poetry by an acclaimed local author. I'd recommend Moore's work for anyone from North Carolina.

Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735223790
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Published: Penguin Press - January 12th, 2021

A tour de force exploration of the basic building blocks of our universe, for humanistic STEM types and anyone who has ever wondered about the world around them.


Being Myself (Essence of Meditation) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684031627
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Published: Sahaja - September 1st, 2021

In one of the most mind-expanding books I read this year, Spira presents the nondual philosophy of Advaita Vedanta accessibly and convincingly. Recommended for the anxious, the curious, the spiritual, and the open-minded.

Piranesi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635577808
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 28th, 2021

A truly off-the-walls, fantastically baroque mystery set in the ultimate liminal space. Once you've read Piranesi, you will never truly leave its magnificent Halls.  Recommended for everyone.