Love, history and creativity can sometimes be read under the same spectrum, there are readings that envelop the soul and above all make us reflect on where we are in life. With the beginning of the year come new resolutions and desires to reinvent yourself or reconsider some ideas that are dusty, perhaps the new opportunity or the respite you are looking for can be found in the pages of a book.
The five books you can’t lose sight of this week
this week’s selection of readings traces the origins of the book, explores the pain of a mother, analyzes a society in crisis, among others
In this selection of Leamos, there are three of the titles with which you can take a breath of inspiration, either in the essay study by Rosa Montero in “El peligro de estar suerda”, the story that accounts for what happens in the middle of two pandemics by Isabel Allende or the London story of finding love by Rachel Winters.
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In this novel, Evie Summers, after spending seven years as an assistant, is ready for the promotion she deserves and has worked so hard for. But the film agency where she works is on the line, and Evie will lose her job if she can’t convince her most important and arrogant client to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy. When the screenwriter confesses that nothing is written, Evie proposes a deal if she can prove to him in just three months that it is possible to fall in love in real life as in a movie, he will write the script of his story.
London writer Rachel Winters recounts the adventure that Evie embarks on, a mission against time and with the aim of recreating all the first encounters from romantic movies, to meet a man in the same way that Sally met Harry in the tape When Harry met Sally, or when Hugh Grant fell in love with Julia Roberts in Notting Hill; The writer who dedicated herself to publishing for a long time under the pseudonym of the editor Rachel Winterbottom, shows in this novel why she has declared herself a fan of Sex and the City, the big cities and why she remained single for a long period.
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In this novel, Isabel Allende tells the story of a woman whose life encompasses the most important historical moments of the 20th century. Violeta’s life begins one stormy day in 1920, when she is the first child in a family of five boisterous brothers. From the beginning, her life will be marked by extraordinary events, as the shock waves of the Great War are still felt when the Spanish flu reaches the shores of her native South American country, almost at the exact moment of her birth. .
Violeta’s existence will be much more than the history of a century. Thanks to the clairvoyance of her father, her family will emerge unscathed from this crisis to face a new one, when the Great Depression alters the elegant urban life that Violeta has known until now. Her family will lose everything and she will be forced to retire to a wild and remote region of the country, while Violeta will come of age and have her first suitor.
A letter addressed to a person whom she loves above all others, Violeta is in charge of recalling devastating love disappointments and passionate romances, moments of poverty and also of prosperity, terrible losses and immense joys; It is like this a novel, in which the Chilean writer, Isabel Allende deals with the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants and, ultimately, not one, but two pandemics within one story. furiously inspiring and deeply moving epic.
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Rosa Montero offers an exciting study on the links between creativity and mental instability. And she does it by sharing with the reader many amazing curiosities about how our brain works when creating, breaking down all the aspects that influence creativity, and putting them together before the reader’s eyes as she writes, like a detective willing to solve the scattered pieces of a story. research. The author starts from her personal experience and from reading numerous books on psychology, neuroscience, literature and memoirs by great authors from different creative disciplines.
In this title, the Spanish writer merges essay and fiction in an exploration of the links between creativity and madness, and thus the reader will witness the creation process itself, discover the theory of “the perfect storm”, that occurs when a series of unrepeatable, chemical and situational factors come together in the creative outburst, and will share the personal experience of how Rosa Montero lived live, and during the years that she was close to madness. At the time that she exposes as normal we do not pay that harsh price, but we run the risk of dying of ennui, instead of dying of love.
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