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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Clarice Lispector and A Breath of Life into Characters

The act of writing is one of expression as much as it is an act of creation. An author finds something within him- or herself that feels worthy of saying or investigating and then spends hours, … [Read More...]

USA & CANADA

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Family Dysfunction and Narrative Tension in Bloodline, the Netflix Original Series

Remember the old days when we'd all gather around the water cooler and discuss who shot JR or of Rachel and Ross were ever going to figure things out? Nowadays we're all watching our own shows at our … [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...]