AFRICA

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Navigating Diaspora in The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, Kenya, and India

How many book reviews can I write about diaspora? Maybe a lot because the feeling of not knowing where or what home is is something I struggle with. So when I picked up The In-Between World of Vikram … [Read More...]

ASIA

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Reading Heat and Dust in the Dusty Heat of India

One of the things I was most afraid of in coming to India was replicating the colonial experience. This frightened me because I despise the exploitation of other peoples and cultures and I thought … [Read More...]

LATIN AMERICA

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Reading The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra Against Vonnegut’s Bluebeard

I want to write about this gorgeous little book I read and how it made me ponder questions like ,"What if your entire life could be gathered into one work of art?" I want to consider how memoirists … [Read More...]

USA & CANADA

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Alzheimer’s, Her Beautiful Brain, and the Art of Memoir

Alzheimer's is in the news again this week with the death of beloved novelist Terry Pratchett. I say again, but it seems as though Alzheimer's is never really out of the news. And while my own life … [Read More...]

ARABIA

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Finding Nouf and Peeking Inside the Walls of a Closed Society

If it wasn't for the semi-annual book swap I attend, I never would have read Finding Nouf by Zoë Ferraris. But someone in that group of fabulously well-traveled and intelligent ladies had read … [Read More...]

EASTERN EUROPE

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Suspended Inside The Appointment by Herta Müller

When I woke this morning, I didn't want to pick up The Appointment by Herta Müller even though I only had a few pages left to read. I successfully avoided the book all day yesterday, too. But not for … [Read More...]

SOUTH PACIFIC

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The Art of Voice in Keri Hulme’s The Bone People

I admit I probably picked upThe Bone People by Keri Hulme because I was looking to flesh out my South Pacific section. It won the Man Booker Prize back when it was still called the Booker Prize and I … [Read More...]

WESTERN EUROPE

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled and the Nouveau Roman

I started reading The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro because it's one of those really thick hardbacks that's been sitting on my to-read shelf forever, I love Ishiguro, and I'm trying to read through … [Read More...]