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I enjoyed my second reading of this book by Ha Jin much more than the first. Perhaps it was timing or my still-maturing literary consciousness, but fo ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 18, 2007
An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943; and Letters from Westerbork
If I could only take 10 books with me to a deserted island, this would be one. Sort of "Anne Frank" for adults, it is the journals of a young Dutch Je ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 28, 2007
An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan
This book is what started my fascination with the middle east, especially Afghanistan. It is a panoramic view, well-written and searching,. As a male, ...more
Sep 2000
Apr 01, 2007
The Palace of Illusions
This re-telling of the Indian epic, the Mahabarat, is rich and wonderful story-weaving. By one of my long-time favorite authors, Chitra Banerjee Divak ...more
Mar 30, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
The Village that Slept
Wish I could find this book again! It was a childhood favorite, read when I was -- 8 or 9? -- and many times afterwards, but I was not able to find it ...more
Jan 1962
Jun 13, 2014
Go Tell It on the Mountain
I loved Baldwin's prose, it felt like I had fallen into my own thoughts, so familiar and natural were the cadences of his writing. Which strikes me as ...more
Apr 2007
Mar 26, 2007
Turkish Reflections: A Biography of a Place
Oh, this was lovely, lovely, lovely! History, culture, travel, it evokes the mystery and beauty of Turkey in a way that made me feel like I was revisi ...more
May 2007
Apr 05, 2007
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
This was truly awesome! A scholar's work of bringing Medieval Spain and its people, cultures, languages, literature and art, and historical events to ...more
Aug 2007
Aug 18, 2007
After Sorrow: An American Among the Vietnamese
This was absolutely entrancing, an almost magical look at the Viet Nam War and it's aftermath by an American woman who lived much of it. Her friendshi ...more
Jul 2006
Mar 24, 2007
Bread Givers
I grew up loving "All-of-a-Kind Family", the story of poor Jewish immigrants in the tenements of New York, five girls cherished by their parents and e ...more
May 28, 2012
May 28, 2012
Dialysis Without Fear: A Guide to Living Well on Dialysis for Patients and Their Families
A patient at the dialysis facility where I am the social worker wrote this book with his wife and daughter. I would strongly recommend it to anyone fa ...more
Sep 2007
Jul 09, 2007
Rich Brother Rich Sister
I am really quite glad that I didn't spend $25 to help Emi become a millionaire. The day I saw this book, I was so excited about the idea of a brother ...more
Feb 17, 2009
Feb 19, 2009
The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
I liked this a lot. However, by the end, I felt confused with the timeline. Throughout the middle portion of the book, she was a struggling single mot ...more
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
The Prospector
This is my first reading of Jean-Marie Gustav Le Clezio, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature. Interesting, and one always wonders how truly ...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
Reading Lolita in Tehran
I would love to give this book 5 stars, b/c of its theme and setting, and especially because of the courage displayed by the people in it. Unfortunate ...more
Jan 2004
Mar 28, 2007
Blindness (Blindness, #1)
Wow. Saramago tends to have a rather bleak outlook on life and little faith in God or humanity to sustain him. This work, a classic, is very character ...more
Nov 07, 2008
Nov 07, 2008
Tree of Smoke
There is a motto to this story: Don't expect a novel about the Viet Nam War to be enjoyable reading or to include any sympathetic characters.

I had suc
Dec 2007
Dec 01, 2007
Iran Awakening
This book, by Shirrin Ebadi, whose work in Iran to bring justice and equality to women and children brought her the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, inspire ...more
Jun 2007
Jun 04, 2007
Well, this was a well-written, rather hopeless book about a menage a trois. The whole atmosphere of the story is of lives wasted because of pride, bet ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 14, 2008
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman got a divorce at 48, sold everything she had, left her college-age children and has been wandering the world since 1986. Except for ...more
Jan 2002
Apr 01, 2007
Interesting and rather sad tale of two girls growing up in Idaho abandoned by various eccentric caregivers until one of the girls joins a more traditi ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
Home to Holly Springs (Father Tim, #1)
The Father Tim novels are wonderful. The positive, though not perfect, portrayal of a minister is wonderful, and if the dialogue is a little stiltedly ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
The Toss of a Lemon
Now, this is what I call a good book! Not as "edgy" or "modern" or whatever a lot of the "literature" I've been reading lately might be called. Just t ...more
Jan 31, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
The Variations: A Novel
Eh. From the review I read, this should have been excellent, but it wasn't. For one,the priest was a self-indulgent, insincere pretender, definitely n ...more
Jun 23, 2012
Jun 22, 2012
I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
This was funny, in a sort of Meg-Ryan-in-When-Harry-Met-Sally kind of way. Aging as an extension of high maintenance cuteness. Some essays I could tot ...more
Dec 31, 2008
Jan 05, 2009
The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers
Really liked this true story of growing up poor and Jewish in England. Sad, funny, happy, harsh. It is always so difficult to read of women and childr ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Mar 18, 2009
Whispers of the Bayou
As "Christian" mysteries go, this is not the worst. I found the Gospel message to be less obnoxious than in most religious literature, and the story w ...more
May 27, 2012
May 27, 2012
Ankle Deep
I was disappointed in this third book I have read by Angela Thirkell. A tedious account of two people in love, one of whom is unhappily married and th ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
What the Body Remembers
Really was mystified by the thought processes of the Sikh minds revealed here. I enjoyed this book, except for the political parts about the establish ...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 30, 2012
Ladies Coupé
Another excellent book about India! The main character, a 45 year-old woman who has never married, but supported her family, is taking her first trip ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
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