The Next Chapter regularly asks Canadian musicians what books are on their bedside table. On the February 13 episode, Sonia Rodriguez was on the show to discuss one of her favourite recent reads.
Sonia Rodriguez is a Canadian ballet dancer and a member of the National Ballet of Canada. She became a principal dancer in 2000 and has starred in productions of The Red Shoes, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote and Sylvia.
Sonia will dance in The National Ballet of Canada's Winter Season in La Fille mal gardée, February 29 - March 4, The Sleeping Beauty, March 10-8, and The Seagull, March 2 -25.
Sonia's recommendation is Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Here's what she had to say about it:
"It's an interesting book that I came across when I was talking to a friend. After a night out and talking about different political issues, he thought I might enjoy this book. I realized as soon as I started reading that it was a very fascinating book, but it's not an easy read. You'll want to put some time aside for yourself and take the time to read it. It's a wonderful book that presents fundamental questions as to why societies developed the way they did and why some were more advanced than others. It gives you a wonderful history of the world."
Sonia Rodriguez in The Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.
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Guns Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared DiamondBuy this book at:
From the publisher:
"In this 'artful, informative, and delightful [book]' (The New York Review of Books), Diamond offers a convincing explanation of the way the modern world came to be and stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history."
Read more at W.W. Norton & Company.