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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The Death of Vishnu and the Realities of Life in India

As preparation for this trip to India that I'm on, I gathered as much Indian literature around me as I thought I might be able to carry. I planned to read the books along the journey and then to leave … [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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The Role of Pregnancy in California by Edan Lepucki

You may have first heard of Edan Lepucki and her novel, California, when Stephen Colbert featured the book on his show as part of his coverage of the Amazon-Hachette debacle. California was not being … [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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Neil Gaiman Reads A Christmas Carol this Christmas

We added a new tradition to our Christmas routine last night. Usually our literary Christmas Eve consists of of my husband reading O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" to me (while I weep) and me reading … [Read More...]