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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Karen Russell
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Joshua Greene
The Wisdom Of The Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
Luc Ferry

How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest

How Are We to Live?: Ethics in an Age of Self-Interest - Peter Singer I read this book with the expectation that it would challenge some of my views, so my disappointment is not that Singer didn't validate all my personal opinons. I went in ready to debate and argue and question my own fundamental beliefs, and I felt like Singer was unwilling to do the same. Singer assumed a lot of value judgements without any attempt to rigorously show why he considered them valid. He then used these "obviously we all feel the same way" values as premises throughout the book. Well, I didn't always feel the same way, and would have enjoyed a deeper dive into the reasoning behind his premises. Assuming his unexplained premises, the book reads well: clearly written, easy to understand, illustrated with engaging stories from his life and the lives of his family and friends.