Just finished... The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, by Benjamin Hale. Ape makes journey from animality to humanity. So funny, so incredibly good. This novel has many of the things I particularly like in fiction. A distinctive, compelling voice (cf. Holden Caufield). Suspension of disbelief (cf. Kazuo Ishuguro, Never Let Me Go). Lots of philosophical content, without any didactic tone (cf. Joshua Ferris - Then We Came to the End). Animal characters that actually work, which is rare (cf. Paul Auster, Timbuktu). I'm writing my next TPM column about the book, so a complete review is in the works.
Just started... How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, by Sarah Bakewell. Can you tell a book by its cover? Apparently not, because I think this book has a remarkably awful cover, yet the first couple of chapters are a delight. By the end I expect to know how to live.
Next up... Motherhood: The Birth of Wisdom ed. by Sheila Lintott. This is from Wiley-Blackwell's Philosophy for Everyone series. The chapter titles really grab me--"How many Experts Does it Take to Raise a Child? Mothering and the Quest for Certainty." Indeed. I've often wondered whether mothers (and fathers) should trust their instincts, and what they should think when the experts say 10 different things. "Pro-Choice Philosopher Has Baby: Reflections on Fetal Life." Hey, me too! Following fetal development up close and personal does make you think. "A Face Only a Mother Could Love? On Maternal Assessments of Infant Beauty" Ha! Everyone else does seem biased. Me on the other hand...I happen to have the world's best looking kids. "Natural Childbirth is for the Birds." Hope the essay says exactly that, because (frankly) that's my view. Full report coming when I'm done.