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Matt Haig

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Matt Haig is an English novelist and journalist. He has written both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, often in the speculative fiction genre.
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How to Be Animal
A New History of What It Means to Be Human
Melanie Challenger - Mar 23, 2021 (first published in 2020)
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A wide-ranging take on why humans have a troubled relationship with being an animal, and why we need a better one...
Matt Haig
Mar 22, 2021
I adore this book.      source
When Things Fall Apart
Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron - Jun 07, 2016 (first published in 1996)
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Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library. How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart—when w...
Matt Haig
Nov 25, 2020
Also a gift for anyone going through a rocky time: “When Things Fall Apart,” by Buddhist teacher Pema Chödron, is brilliant and really helped me accept uncertainty in life.      source
The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh
A. A. Milne - Oct 01, 1996 (first published in 1926)
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Alternate Cover Edition can be found here. The world of Pooh is the Thousand Acre Wood of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Christopher Robin, and more. He is a whimsical philosopher, staunch friend, plump, and fond of honey. He calls himself a Bear of Very Little Brain, but is wise and loving. Delicate paintings loved ...
Matt Haig
Nov 25, 2020
Oh, and “Winnie-the-Pooh” a gift for anyone’s actual or inner child.      source
Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - Aug 31, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized...
Matt Haig
Nov 25, 2020
“Bird by Bird,” by Anne Lamott, is my go-to gift or recommendation for anyone interested in writing, though it is as much a treatise on life as it is a creative-writing primer.      source
A Brief History of Thought
A Philosophical Guide to Living (Learning to Live)
Luc Ferry - Dec 27, 2011 (first published in 1996)
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Eight months on the bestseller lists in France!From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s instant classic brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essential role in achi...
Matt Haig
Nov 12, 2020
The books I admire most are ones that can cover really broad or complex subjects in supremely accessible ways, without dumbing anything down. This intelligent history of philosophy is such a book.      source
Feline Philosophy
Cats and the Meaning of Life
John Gray - Nov 24, 2020
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In Feline Philosophy, the philosopher John Gray discovers in cats a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness, showing how they embody answers to the big questions of love and attachment, mortality, morality, and the Self: Montaigne's house cat, whose un-examined life may have been the one worth living; Meo, the Vietnam War...
Matt Haig
Nov 09, 2020
Such a good book. 🐈      source
On Connection
Kae Tempest - Nov 17, 2020
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Beneath the surface we are all connected . . ....
Matt Haig
Oct 19, 2020
Devoured this from @kaetempest in two sittings yesterday. It is my sort of book. Musings on creativity and connection threaded with autobiographical edge and Jung and William Blake and others. An authentically soothing, powerful, thought provoker. Good stuff.      source
One Summer
America, 1927
Bill Bryson - Jun 03, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when h...
Matt Haig
Oct 15, 2020
Selfishly I am sad to see Bill Bryson retiring. He is a brilliant writer. I love so many of his books. My favourite is One Summer: America, 1927, which captures a passion for history and culture like few books can. People are snobby because he sells well but he is a genius.      source
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Self Help for Your Nerves
Learn to Relax and Enjoy Life Again by Overcoming Stress and Fear
Claire Weekes - Jan 31, 2000 (first published in 1981)
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Essential guide for everything you need to know to keep relaxed through every day lifeRepackage of the phenomenally successful guide to dealing with nervous illness – Self Help for Your Nerves. This guide offers the most comprehensive insight and advice into coping with nervous stress.Sufferers of nervous illness regard Self Help for Your Nerves as...
Matt Haig
Sep 21, 2020
Yes this is a very good practical book. Totally dated language and cover and all that but Dr Claire Weekes’ book Self Help For Your Nerves is still probably the most useful overt self-help book for anxiety and panic attacks imho.      source
Entangled Life
Sep 03, 2020
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‘A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. Sentence after sentence stopped me short. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer’ ROBERT MACFARLANE, author of UnderlandThere is a lifeform so strange and wondrous that it forces us to rethink how life works…Neither plant nor animal, it is found throughout th...
Matt Haig
Sep 19, 2020
The mind-altering book about fungus you didn’t realise you needed to read.      source
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Richard Coles
The Heartland
finding and losing schizophrenia
Nathan Filer - Apr 04, 2019
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Schizophrenia: whether it's the associations it conjures or the people it brings to mind, it is a word we all have a view on. How we perceive it—and how we treat people living with it—is at the core of how we understand mental health. But what do we really know? How much time do we spend listening? Do we truly comprehend this complex and often cont...
Matt Haig
Feb 18, 2020
Read Nathan's book. It's great.      source
Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen
I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder
We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer