Per­spec­tives on life

This week, we have nonfiction books that of­fer many dif­fer­ent views of what life can be like.

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We: A Man­i­festo For Women Ev­ery­where

Au­thors: Gil­lian An­der­son & Jen­nifer Nadel

Pub­lisher: Thor­sons, self-help BRI­TISH ac­tress Gil­lian “Scully” An­der­son got to­gether with long­time friend and jour­nal­ist Jen­nifer Nadel to write this book posit­ing a sis­ter­hood that chal­lenges to­day’s “have-it-all” su­per­woman cul­ture. Us­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal and spir­i­tual per­spec­tives, the book ex­am­ines why women still, in this day and age, be­come de­pressed and ad­dicted and self-crit­i­cise so much that even self-harm­ing be­comes a cop­ing mech­a­nism.

What if, the au­thors ask, women changed the pat­terns of com­pe­ti­tion, crit­i­cism, and com­par­i­son with col­lab­o­ra­tion, co­op­er­a­tion, and com­pas­sion?

How To Be A Bawse: A Guide To Con­quer­ing Life

Author: Lilly Singh

Pub­lisher: Bal­lan­tine Books, me­moir IN Lilly Singh’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Be­cause in her world, things like suc­cess and hap­pi­ness must be fought for – al­beit with lots of hu­mour.

This is a book by the YouTube per­son­al­ity whose chan­nel, Su­per­woman, has nine mil­lion fol­low­ers. The ac­tress and co­me­dian tack­les ev­ery­thing from re­la­tion­ships and ca­reers to learn­ing how to love your­self by shar­ing her life story and how she took the world by storm.

Once Upon A Miao 2: More Sto­ries From The Other Side Of Malaysia

Author: Jian Goh

Pub­lisher: Goh Kheng Swee, me­moir AF­TER a suc­cess­ful out­ing with his first book about the car­toon cat Miao, Sarawakian en­gi­neer-turned-graphic de­signer Jian Goh once again shares sto­ries from his child­hood through his funny comic strips fea­tur­ing Miao and the ham­sters Wafu and Pafu.

Us­ing Miao as his avatar, and other an­i­mals for friends and fam­ily, Goh re­calls the silly times from when he was grow­ing up in Kuch­ing, as well as the things and peo­ple he loves in the Land of the Horn­bills.


Author: Arina

Pub­lisher: Tun Suf­fian Foun­da­tion In­cor­po­rated, nonfiction THIS col­lec­tion of prose, poetry, and il­lus­tra­tions is an in­vi­ta­tion by its author Arina – the 17-year-old Pu­teri Fateh Arina Mer­i­can – to step into her world, her “para­cosm” (a term used to de­scribe a highly de­tailed imag­i­nary world).

While Arina was brought up with all the ma­te­rial com­forts an up­per mid­dle-class fam­ily can of­fer, she shares that, like any teen, she still strug­gles with find­ing ac­cep­tance and her own iden­tity in the face of fa­mil­ial and so­cial ex­pec­ta­tions.

And, like many young peo­ple to­day, she also strug­gles with the vi­o­lence of a world in which tod­dlers can wash up dead on a beach – the poem “Sleep Well, My Brother” ad­dresses the pain she felt at the image of the body of three­year-old Syr­ian refugee Alan Kurdi ly­ing on a Greek beach in 2015.

Ba­lik Kam­pung: Mem­o­ries Of Ful­bright ETAs In Malaysia

Ed­i­tor & Pub­lisher: Malaysian-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­change, me­moir THINK­ING your neigh­bour is a stalker, teach­ing a stu­dent named Michael Jor­dan how to play bas­ket­ball, go­ing to school in a stu­dent uni­form when you’re sup­posed to be the teacher – th­ese are some of the funny in­ci­dents that ap­pear in this com­pi­la­tion of sto­ries writ­ten by English Teach­ing As­sis­tants (ETAs) who served in mostly ru­ral Malaysian schools un­der the Ful­bright schol­ar­ship pro­gramme.

The Amer­i­can ETAs from 10 years of the pro­gramme – from 2006 to 2016 – share their mem­o­ries in es­says, sto­ries, and re­flec­tions cel­e­brat­ing the wide range of ex­pe­ri­ences they had and the deep con­nec­tions made be­tween two coun­tries by this pro­gramme. In Malaysia, it is ad­min­is­tered by the Malaysian-Amer­i­can Com­mis­sion on Ed­u­ca­tional Ex­change (Macee).

T For Teacher: Nav­i­gat­ing The School Front

Author: Ch­eryl Ann Fer­nando Pub­lisher: MPH, nonfiction AUTHOR Ch­eryl Ann Fer­nando’s ex­pe­ri­ences of teach­ing English in a ru­ral school were the ba­sis for the lo­cal film Adi­wiraku (My Su­per­heroes) that was re­leased ear­lier this year.

This is Fer­nando’s own take on her three-year stint of “may­hem, tears and tiny glimpses of suc­cess” at SMK Pi­nang Tung­gal in Sun­gai Pe­tani, Kedah. De­spite not hav­ing any teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Fer­nando left a job in Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to work with ed­u­ca­tion NGO Teach For Malaysia and caught so­cial me­dia at­ten­tion when her stu­dents en­tered a na­tional-level choral speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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