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Reader’s choices center on enlightenment

Dianne Reid is a yoga teacher, recently retired Section Chief for the Water Sciences Section of the N.C. Division of Water Resources, and life-long reader who believes that love and understanding can change the world.

Recommended read: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent” by Karan Bajaj. I recommend this novel especially to those who are interested in how enlightenment might be achieved. It’s about Max Pzoras, who has made it out of the dangerous New York housing project to become a successful Wall Street analyst. However, he has questions about how yogis live, how to reach enlightenment, and the meaning of his life, so he leaves everything to go to India to find answers. Besides being an interesting and well-written adventure story, this book brings together many of the teachings for achieving enlightenment in a way that gave me a new view of how that process might work.

Currently reading: I’m moving back and forth between. “Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life” by Brendan Brazier and “The Way of Zen” by Alan Watts. I’m also getting started on “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson for the August meeting of the 49 Page Book Club.

What is your favorite reading memory? My favorite reading memory from growing up was finally being allowed to walk to the library, about five blocks from my grandmother’s house, to read and check out books. I loved the coolness, quietness and the variety of books available. It was especially wonderful because I spent a lot of time in the summer at her house and had read all her books of interest. For me reading has always been a way to escape life and to discover worlds and thinking beyond my own.

Where do you go for book recommendations? I get book recommendations from my book club friends, other friends, public library recommendations, book store displays and from courses and workshops that I take. Sometimes I follow a thread on Amazon regarding what’s frequently bought with a book I’m investigating. I also read a weekly blog by Maria Popova called Brain Pickings. I love it for its thoughtfulness, variety, and illustrations.

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Fiction

The Yoga of Max's Discontent

Karan Bajaj

Riverhead Books, 336 pages

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