AFRICA

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Mia Couto and The Tuner of Silences

I wrote recently about a book so rich with description I didn't know where to focus. How perfect it was, then, to open The Tuner of Silences by Mia Couto--a book so cleanly written, so tightly edited … [Read More...]

ASIA

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Exploring the Extraordinary with The Calcutta Chromosome

I started reading The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery by Amitav Ghosh because I'll be traveling to India in just over a month. The book had been in my to-read pile for … [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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A Hollow Life For Kings and Planets

Who will we become? Is the longing for something greater in life something we should chase or should we be happy with what we have? When farm boy Orno Tarcher meets the worldly Marshall Emerson on … [Read More...]

ARABIA

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Nuance and Culture in A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

In an age of easy jet travel, very little of the world seems inaccessible anymore. But some places, because of their extreme location (the peak of Mt. Everest) or the political boundaries we've set … [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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Rereading Brave New World for Banned Books Week

It had been a very long time since I read Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I own (and proudly wear) the t-shirt from Out of Print Tees, but I was starting to get embarrassed when people made soma … [Read More...]