The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood; Cod by Mark Kurlansky

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The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last is a "wickedly funny and deeply disturbing novel about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free. Originally written as an ebook serial, it is a jarring, rewardingly strange piece of work. At first a classic Atwood dystopia, rationally imagined and developed, it relaxes suddenly into a kind of surrealist adventure as one couple’s attempt to escape their increasingly vulnerable life turns out very different to what it first seemed.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.