Saturday, April 14, 2018

My Antonia

By Willa Cather

I don't know why it's taken me so long to write a few words on such a greatly-written book. It is based on the author's own experiences moving as a child from Virginia to Nebraska toward the end of the 19th century. It chronicles the hardships people faced by Mid-West pioneers, especially those who newly immigrated from Europe, Antonia being one of them. These challenges showcase the individuals' distinct personalities.
I always tell myself that I shouldn't read the introduction to books that were not written by the author (those often appear in classic books) after I read the book itself. And this time, I finally did - and it made so much more sense than when I read it prior to reading the book. [290pp.]

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

By Muriel Barbery

Through the journals of two individuals, both living in the same building, but hardly ever crossing paths, separated by class and generations, yet have more in common than they'd ever thought. They are finally brought together by the presence of a new neighbor, who despite - or maybe due to - his cultural difference, manages to show them both truths of their lives. [325 pp]

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The World Without Us

By Alan Weisman

I have read this book before, and it was funny to discover, upon the second reading, how selective my memory of it had been. I still got the same feeling I got from it on first reading - of awe and wanderlust. I'm glad I have this book to keep and read over. [NF, 320 pp.]

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Star Fox

By Poul Anderson

This is a science fiction book, which I'm not used to reading, so it took me a while to get into. Even after getting into it, I wasn't completely convinced. Maybe because it was written at a very backward time. Or maybe some political views came into play. The only reason I chose this book was because of its beautiful cover (you can check in the link below). Anyway, it's about this guy who gets some evidence that an alien race that seems beneficial - or at least non-maleficent -- and also very beautiful) is actually lying about their conducts and intentions. So he decides to go on a one-man's rogue mission (of course, with a gathered team) to change the course of history. Kind of reminds me of The Legends of Tomorrow series I'm watching these days, except that the journey is in space, not in time. [Sci-Fi, 278 pp.]

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Taste of Honey: Stories

By Jabari Asim

A collection of related stories, with the same characters, but told from various view points. The stories are set in the black area of a fictional town somewhere in the Midwest (I think) and interweave historical events with everyday life of the characters. The writing is excellent, and it really takes you in.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Orphan Train

By Christina Baker Kline

The stories of two young foster kids, separated by almost a quarter of a century are intertwined. It was interesting to learn about the experiences of each, compare past with present. [278 pp.]

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Edible Stories

By Mark Kurlansky

I love the way he created 16 stand-alone stories that combine into a one complete, bigger story. True synergy. Each of the stories centers around one food item and in the end there's a little surprise.
His writing flows so naturally and beautifully. I remember enjoying the first book I've read of his, Cod, which is a non-fiction about a subject that does not naturally interests me, as I don't eat fish. Makes me want to read more of his books. [265 pp.]

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