The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

In 1913, the Jewish-Russian Treynovsky family leaves their country to start a new life abroad. Malka Treynovsky’s mother has family in South Africa, so she knows they’ll have a little help resettling. Malka’s father, however, has other things in mind and tricks the family into moving to America instead. All the rumors of great wealth andContinue reading “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street”

The Girl in the Garden

The Girl in the Garden is Kamala Nair’s debut novel; it initially grabbed by attention because I kept seeing The Secret Garden references. I’ve never read The Secret Garden, but I saw the movie ages ago and the references intrigued me (I know, I know! That’s a terrible thing for a book blogger to say,Continue reading “The Girl in the Garden”

The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life

I think I’m developing quite an affinity for Middle Eastern literature. Couple that with my growing interest in memoirs, and The Good Daughter and I were a match made in heaven. Following the sudden death of her father, Jasmin Darznik flew back home to San Francisco for the funeral, then stayed with her mother toContinue reading “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life”

Giveaway: America Libre & House Divided

Win a copy of Raul Ramos y Sanchez’s two books, America Libre and House Divided, courtesy of Hachette Book Group! As the events of House Divided unfolded, one thing immediately came to mind: this is precisely the kind of book that would give Arizona State School Superintendent Tom Horne a massive heart attack. And you know what? ThisContinue reading “Giveaway: America Libre & House Divided”