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Scandinavia has long been the home of outstanding interior design and classic fashion brands and no one personifies modern Danish cool as well as fashion industry stylist, blogger and model Pernille Teisbaek. In Dress Scandinavian, Pernille offers professional tips on how to create a minimalist wardrobe and look, mix and match patterns successfully, adopt androgynous looks or new colour combinations, try out new materials and mix fabrics, plus plenty of timeless fashion advice such as a jeans-fit guide and essential Dos and Don'ts.
Lagom (pronounced 'lar-gom') has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as 'not too little, not too much, just right'. Far from restrictive, lagom is a liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more that 'just enough' is a waste of time. Crucially it also comes with a selflessness and core belief of responsibility and common good. By living lagom you can live a happier and more balanced life, reduce your environmental impact, improve your work-life balance, free your home from clutter, enjoy good food the Swedish way, grow your own and learn to forage, and cherish the relationships with those you love.
...to the topical
Situated hundreds of miles from any other settlement, deep within the inhospitable desert of northern Kenya where only thorn bushes grow, Dadaab is a city like no other. Its buildings are made from mud, sticks or plastic, its entire economy is grey, and its citizens survive on rations and luck. Over the course of four years, Ben Rawlence became a first-hand witness to a strange and desperate limbo-land, getting to know many of those who have come there seeking sanctuary. In City of Thorns, Rawlence interweaves the stories of nine individuals to show what life is like in the camp and to sketch the wider political forces that keep the refugees trapped there.
Hillbilly Elegy tells us about J.D. Vance's journey from a young, troubled boy to a graduate of Yale Law School. He grew up in Appalachia – in a small town that was drug-torn and filled with misery. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.
A tough, absorbing read that offers insight into a marginal part of America in the context of the current political climate.