Dee Poon, our September cover star, shares five books that have recently captured her attention and are worthy must-reads

1. Factfulness by Hans Rosling

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A simple, but informative book—more if you live in Europe. I feel as though living in Asia, we are a bit more abreast of some of these facts, but it's nice to read in the face of a world full of negative views. It's a reminder that things do, and are, getting better for people.

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2. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

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A charming novel that brings together the emergence of an adult against the background of an ageing and sick parent. This isn't high literature, but the book is very well written, and genuinely heart-warming. It's a story about a 30-year-old woman, but also a story about the relationship between children and parents, and family in general.

3. Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

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An unbelievable work of journalism that brings the emergence of ISIS, and the circumstances and characters involved, to life. I could not put this book down. While it has a narrative voice and a bias, it's still totally worth reading and is completely horrifying.

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4. Motherhood by Sheila Heti

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If you have ever wondered what it's like to think too much, this book will let you live it for a bit. Heti is a wonderful and brilliantly intelligent writer who manipulates structure, language, thought and action to tease out the psychology and story of her narrator, a writer in her late 30s, who is grappling with one of life's biggest questions — whether or not to have children.

5. You Must Change Your Life by Rachel Corbett

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I often forget that history repeats itself. This story of the friendship between Rilke and Rodin reminded me that this is not the first time that we have dealt with the emergence of "modernity," while shedding light on two of the most influential artists of the early 20th century. Biographies are great, but books centering around the relationship of two people often are able to bring out even more.

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