The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
Excellent new book by terrific writer, in which the differences between life in traditional societies and in Western societies are compared. Illuminating as ever (though a bit of a slow start for the first fifty or so pages). The sections on religion/meaning of life and food consumption are particularly interesting. His conclusions are realistic – this is a man who’s lived for many years amongst traditional New Guinea people, and he knows what he’s talking about. Definitely a recommended read.