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Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Seville Communion….a good start

Just started this book….can’t wait to review here! watch for update

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A Breath of Fresh Air….

A Breath of Fresh Air

by

Amulya Malladi

Wow

Where to begin.

as you read it is as if you are sitting with a person from India and you can hear his/her voice in your head as you read

the tragedy lies in that the Bhopal Gas Tragedy….Happened( no really….it happened, this part of the story is historically accurate!)

this video shows the aftermath

Back to the book,

Through her writing,

Amulya makes it clear that

dysfunctional families are universal

that loving your child so much you would do anything to cure them is also universal

with a rawness I’ve not seen in other books

she deals with life, death, betrayal, and forgiveness.

The story is one

told in different voices

each chapter headed with whose side of the story is being told

Anjali: The divorced/remarried school teacher, mother of a child affected at birth because of the incident at Bhopal

SanDeep: The Second Husband, mild, calm, accepting,  the father of the child affected at birth/Bhopal

Prakash: The first husband, undergoes transformation(no plot spoilers so you’ll have to read to find out more about him)

This book transcends boundaries, international, racial, economical.

It is descriptive, and beautiful,

enough said?

Go buy!

“A Duty to the Dead”….A Mystery Revealed.

An intriguing cover is what drew me to this book

and so I picked it up at the local library used book sale

unsure of whether or not I’d like it but it had me on page one

A Duty to the Dead(A Bess Crawford Mystery)

by Charles Todd

My hope is to read more of his books ASAP!

Oh you wanted to hear more about what this book is about?

OK:

The plot:

A nurse

on a boat

in the middle of war

is attending a death bed

and is given a message to deliver to the dying mans  brother.

The Boat is bombed

The nurse is injured

The nurse begins to recover

and

remembers the message she was given to deliver

and so

she seeks out the family

and

finds them

and that my friends is where the mystery begins…and this review ends

a great read

not overly scary or gruesome

just a great mystery novel.

thank-you Charles Todd

Agony, Beauty, Mystery….what more could you ask for?

This book has been sitting on my shelf for some time now.

Waiting for the right time to be read.

the title seeming somewhat like a fable you’d be forced to read in a 5th grade excelled reading class is what I think kept me from picking it up sooner

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

a novel

by

Lisa See

Lily’s life story begins with her as a widow who is 80 years old reflecting on her life

and

her life of having a best friend, Snow Flower

The story takes place in china

Tortured by

foot binding at the age of 7( your feet will ache as you read this part of the book)

and

being matched with a” laotong” which means “old same”

Lily at a young age is matched with snowflower, who from birth had  much in common

then

she and snowflower are, at young ages, matched with husbands,

this story takes her through the life of her family her “natal” family and then her “husbands” family

woven together with the  agony of misogyny, and women’s rights(of which there were little unless you were the matriarch), horrifically defined deaths

and beautifully blended with a friendship for the ages, a secret language shared only by some women “nu shu”

intertwined with the poetry of two young girls coming of age sharing their secrets in decorative form on a fan.

“I am old enough to know only too well my good and bad qualities, which were often one and the same. For my entire life I longed for love. I knew it was not right for me – as a girl and later as a woman – to want or expect it, but I did, and this unjustified desire has been at the root of every problem I have experienced in my life.”
― Lisa SeeSnow Flower and the Secret Fan

and finally the quote that encompasses the necessity of a secret writing and a secret fan that only women could understand:

“My Writing is soaked with the tears of my heart,

An invisible rebellion that no man can see

Let our life stories become tragic art.

Oh, Mama, oh, sisters, hear me, hear me.”

(Lisa See, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan)

Of course like most authors please visit her website:

Lisa See

read more about the Secret Fan and about the Author

her site contains links for teachers and guides for questions etc…

and finally

buy the book…what are you waiting for??

OH and if like me the deep fried taro idea sounds intriguing….on her site is a recipe!

A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler….meh….sort of….

OK I read this book because it had “New York Times Bestseller” on the title.

and is from something called the Ballentine Readers Circle.

This was not a favorite book of mine but it did touch on some topics I felt made it worthy of a review.

-divorce and the tragedy it afflicts on all touched by it

-a child of the now dissolved marriage,

-and most importantly: a young mans “coming of age” type story, where he begins to see the importance of his job(serving others) and more importantly he discovers his own self worth. Through misadventures with an angel(trust me not what you expect), and a child’s history that named his as a criminal….he overcomes…..not how you’d expect….not even necessarily how you want

but

that is what makes this book cool in my eyes.

Lately so many of the books I read are so Predictable, exciting at first then boring as the story line plays out just as expected

making the last half of the book almost unnecessary….

A Patchwork Planet...is not predictable….at least not as overtly as so many novels these days.

I recommend this book for high-school and up….it does having some swearing and suggestive spots…

but all in all a thoughtful read.

I recently just finished “Back When We Were Grownups” another by Anne Tyler, and although I did not feel it was worth my time to do a separate entry, it was a decent enough book to mention.  For me it was a bit too predictable.