The summer reading season is here and with it comes our reading list! Watkins bookshop team got together and suggested some of their favourite books to bring with you during this warm summer!
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How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
How to Love introduces beginners and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humour to the thorny question of how to love and distils one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; and deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.
Night Boat by Alan Spence
On the side of a mountain, in eighteenth century Japan, sits a man in perfect stillness as the summit erupts, spitting fire and molten rock onto the land around him. The man is Hakuin. Night Boat is the story of his astonishing life.
Embroidered Armour: The Greeks & the Invisible by Roberto Peregalli
The book examines the Greek Mysteries, mythology and legends that heralded a revolution in thinking. In investigating ancient Greek concepts concerning the relationship between seeing and knowing, Roberto Peregalli presents an eloquent demonstration of the modernity of Ancient Greek wisdom.
The Impossible Happens: A Scientist’s Personal Discovery of the Extraordinary Nature of Reality by Imants Baruss
John Hunt Publishing
After decades of analyzing his dreams, a professor of psychology finds that some of them anticipate future events. As his experiments continue to meet with surprising results, the author comes to accept the idea that reality is much more interesting than conventional science has led us to believe.
Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential by Barbara Marx Hubbard
New World Library
In this era of government gridlock, economic and ecological devastation, and seemingly intractable global violence, our future is ever more ripe for — and in need of — fresh, creative reimagining. Barbara Marx Hubbard shows us that our current crises are not the precursors of an apocalypse but the natural birth pains of an awakened, universal humanity.
Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are by Tim Burkett
According to legend, when the founder of Zen Buddhism was asked about the main principle of his holy teaching, he replied that there was nothing holy about it! Now, a millennium and a half later, Tim Burkett reveals how and why the wisdom of nonholiness is the key to a joyful heart.
Buddhic Essence: Ten Stages to Becoming a Buddha by Elizabeth Clare Prophet
We all have the seed of Buddha within us, and because we do we have the potential to become a Buddha. Elizabeth Clare Prophet gently traces upon the heart the pathway that can lead to Buddhahood. She does so in a way that we can relate to the different stages.
Wild Poets of Ecstasy by D.J. Moores
The ecstatic poetic tradition connects many cultures and reaches across vast stretches of time. It represents a positive affirmation of the value of happiness, human connections, festivities, sexuality, and relatedness to the divine. Wild Poets of Ecstasy broadly captures this tradition in bringing together ancient and modern poetry from the world’s literary treasuries.
Man From Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey by Fred Nadis
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin
It’s been something of a mystery why, of the great pulp-era science-fiction magazine editors, Raymond Palmer seems to have slipped through the cracks of history. Hugo Gernsback and John W. Campbell are familiar names, but Palmer, who edited the influential Amazing Stories in the 1930s and ’40s, is little known today. Palmer published a series of allegedly true stories by mental patient Richard Shaver about an ancient alien race, a hollow earth, and mind control.
Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision For Our World by Daniel Goleman
For decades, the Dalai Lama has traveled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual wisdom and compassion. In his unique manifesto, the Dalai Lama presents perspective on the world that can bring hope to millions, that will endure beyond the present day and that has the potential to reshape humanity as we know it.
Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling by Carole Satyamurti
W. W. Norton & Company
Originally composed approximately two thousand years ago, the Mahabharata tells the story of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their kingdom results in a devastating war. Mahabharata is a timeless work that evokes a world of myth, passion, and warfare while exploring eternal questions of duty, love, and spiritual freedom.