6 Amazing Book Recommendations for About Human Rights

6 Amazing Book Recommendations for About Human Rights

Happy International Human Rights Day!   In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December 10th 2018 marked the 70th anniversary.   For Human Rights Day, here are some books we recommend to add to your reading list (synopsis’ from Amazon):   Inventing Human Rights by Lynn Hunt   Image via Amazon.com   How were human rights invented, and how does their tumultuous history influence their perception and our ability to protect them today? From Professor Lynn Hunt comes this extraordinary cultural and intellectual history, which traces the roots of human rights to the rejection of torture as a …

‘Aquaman’ Star Amber Heard Had a Special Way of Hiding Books on Set

‘Aquaman’ Star Amber Heard Had a Special Way of Hiding Books on Set

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Amber Heard, who stars as queen of the sea alongside Jason Momoa in Aquaman, has revealed to Good Morning America that she is a huge bookworm and would always read between takes.   Image Via ABC.go.com   And the costume department did an amazing thing for her! They made a green screen book bag, perfectly designed not to show up against the green screen so she could bring books with her when hanging twenty or thirty feet in the air between takes!   Image Via iol.co.za   “I would have to drop it between takes thirty-feet in the air suspended on wires during these …

Google Doodle Celebrates Nobel Prize Winning Poet and Playwright Nelly Sachs

Google Doodle Celebrates Nobel Prize Winning Poet and Playwright Nelly Sachs

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The Google Doodle today celebrates poet and playwright, Nelly Sachs, born 127 years ago in 1891 into a Jewish family in Berlin.   Image Via Wikipedia.com   In 1940, Nelly, and her mother were aided by the Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlof when their apartment was raided by the Gestapo and were told to report to a concentration camp within a week. With Lagerlof’s help, Nelly Sachs and her mother escaped Germany at the start of World War II.   In 1966, Sachs won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her poetry collections In the Houses of Death Death (1946), Eclipse of Stars (1949), And No One Knows Where …

New York Times’ Staff Critics’ Top Fiction and Nonfiction of 2018

New York Times’ Staff Critics’ Top Fiction and Nonfiction of 2018

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Here is the list of recommendations from The New York Times’ three daily book critics: Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai.   1. Evening in Paradise: More Stories  by Lucia Berlin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).   2. Kudos by Shelia Heti (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).   3. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson (Random House).   4. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner).   5. See What Can be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary by Lorrie Moore (Alfred A. Knopf).   6. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press).   7. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Riverbed Books).   8. There, There by Tommy Orange (Alfred A. Knopf).   9. A Life …

Selfless Short Story Writer Raises Money for Ireland’s Homeless

Selfless Short Story Writer Raises Money for Ireland’s Homeless

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Danielle McLaughlin wanted to be a writer by the only way she knew how—writing from her heart. And ever since she discovered her passion for writing, she severed ties with her legal practice, although not entirely, for she still valued lawyers—lawyers who were writers like her.   Image Via TheJournal.ie   Stinging Fly Press, a literary magazine and an independent publisher, published McLaughlin’s collection of short stories, Counterparts, which inspired her legal past.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BqFFIGKHrKO/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link   Her passion for reading became clear when she started to read law reports and soon enough it became natural to her!   “I had always loved …