The Novel That Made Karen Armstrong Quit Her Reading Group

From a New York Times By the Book interview headlined “The Novel That Made Karen Armstrong Quit Her Reading Group”:

“The Cloud of Unknowing,” a 14th-century mystical text by an English monk who reminds us that we have no idea what God is, and the “Analects” of Confucius, pithy aphorisms on which I ponder if I cannot sleep.

“The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity,” by the anthropologist David Graeber and the archaeologist David Wengrow — an enthralling read. On almost every page, you are compelled to revise your view of the past and imagine new ways of organizing the present.