Love has preoccupied humans since the dawn of time, giving rise to an ever expanding collection of works dedicated to Love and its resulting misadventures. From the Achaeans who waged war on Troy for the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen of Troy, to Emperor Ai who cut his sleeve in order to avoid disturbing his sleeping lover, how do manifestations of love differ around the globe? This week, ReadNUS and NUS Libraries present four different perspectives of love in this newsletter.
- Read 4 riveting texts about Love around the World
- In our Literary Journal, Yuki Koh reviews the very comical but sentimental Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory
- Preetea reviews three popular books on mental health
- Natalie Lem reviews Blue Period, an ongoing Japanese manga series which explores a high school student’s journey into pursuing art
Love Around the World
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Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory – Yuki Koh reviews the very comical but sentimental Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory. It is a collection of short stories of various formats; poems, prose, stream of consciousness, otherworldly fantasy/slight notions of magical realism that is bound to captivate you. Read on. Read on to find out why Yuki crowns it one of the best and most amusing novels she has ever read!
Mental Health in Books – Preetea explores three different titles related to Mental Health.
Firstly, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Lawrence Wallace, a book that revolves around the CBT technique that is used for several mental illnesses including depression by therapists.
Next, The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, one that explores the connection between our gut health and our emotions, which is an interesting way of looking at how what we eat has a direct impact on our mood.
Lastly, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is a heavier read dealing with trauma and its effects on the body.
To read more, head over to our website now!
Blue Period – Natalie Lem reviews Blue Period, an ongoing Japanese manga series which explores a high school student’s journey into pursuing art.
Yatora Yaguchi is someone who has it all: popularity in school, stellar grades and a clear pathway to the working world.
However, alone he experiences a profound emptiness in his life. That is, until he stumbles upon his senior’s painting, which sparks his desire to make art of his own. Read to see Natalie’s discussion on the broad themes that encapsulate the series, and why manga should be considered as literature. (Note: The review will be as spoiler-free as possible, and only the contents of the first chapter will be explicitly discussed) To find out, head over to our website now!