Book Review: Our Souls at Night by Kent Harurf

Our Souls at Night By Kent Haruf

Addie Moore’s husband died years ago, so did Louis Waters’ wife, and, as neighbours in Holt, Colorado they have naturally long been aware of each other. With their children now far away both live alone in houses empty of family. The nights are terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk to. Then one evening Addie pays Louis an unexpected visit. Their brave adventures-their pleasures and their difficulties-form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night. Kent Haruf’s final novel is an exquisite and moving story about love and growing old with grace. It is a lasting tribute to the extraordinary author who wrote it. 

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Podcast Ageing Well

In this our 16th episode of Parra Pods Katherine, Nisa and Yi discuss, “Ageing well”: the pleasures and the pitfalls

Is there even such a thing as ageing well? Apparently so, and the books that we discuss in this podcast make that abundantly clear.  

While these books are entertaining and light-hearted they also make some salient points about this stage of life’s journey.

The books discussed in this episode of Parra Pods include:

The single ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

Fridays with my folks by Amal Awad

Women of a certain age edited by Jodie MoffatMaria Scoda, and Susan Laura Sullivan

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LIW: Truth, Integrity & knowledge

In this Library & Information Week (20 – 26 May), we strongly advocate Truth, Integrity & Knowledge.  There are 10 ways that library and information professionals promote truth, integrity and knowledge. Equally our readers might find the following books in the areas that related to information integrity. You can borrow them from our libraries’ collection.

Podcast Up Lit

Parra Pods – Episode 13 Up Lit in Review

Up Lit – What is it? & why do we love it!

‘Up Lit’ can be described as books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are  uplifting and life-affirming and in our latest episode of Parra Pods Katherine, Nisa & Yi discuss and review four titles in this popular newish genre.

If you are tired of reading grim true crime and Scandi Noir, try some of these titles on for size:

Some of the books discussed in the Podcast include:

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One – Raphaelle Giordano

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Happiness Project Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun – Gretchen Rubin

My Squirrel Days – Ellie Kemper

Why not have a listen now?


History lessons – my topic reads

Have you ever had the feeling that you cannot find any books that you feel like reading anymore? It was because of this very feeling that I started reading in topics/series. This allowed me to concentrate on one topic/series at time but in numerous books, both fiction and non fiction, and read through them carefully. I believe that books connect to one another, just as all human stories are connected.

Recently my focus has been history, and politics. I know it is a big topic, but I selected what I was interested in and started to read.

First, I read a non fiction book, Has the west lost it? By Kishore Mahbubani. The author was an expert on Asia and world affairs and well regarded in Singapore. His book has different views regarding the western culture and its influence to Asia and Africa, the Rest, as author differential it from the West. While he highly commends the West he was also critical about it, because he felt the West was biased in recent decades and the West couldn’t see the changes beyond it. According to the author before 1820, the world largest economies were always those of China and India. Then Europe took over, followed by America. Now after analysing pages of statistics, the author asserted that ‘China and India have regained their natural share as those of America and Europe have begun to shrink.’ Will it? I think any difference of opinions, no matter how uncomfortable, are worth our attention.

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