Faves of 2016: Nonfiction

I read a lot of really great nonfiction books in 2016! I actually think I had better luck with nonfiction than fiction. The first three listed are my top three favorites; everything is listed in alphabetical order. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016) When Breath Becomes Air focuses on Kalinithi’s a career asContinue reading “Faves of 2016: Nonfiction”

In Other Words

In 1994, Jhumpa Lahiri was a college student in Boston studying Renaissance architecture. She and her sister decided to treat themselves to a trip to Florence, Italy during Christmas break. She writes of the experience: What I hear, in the shops, in the restaurants, arouses an instantaneous, intense, paradoxical reaction. It’s as if Italian wereContinue reading “In Other Words”

The Lowland

Subhash and Udayan Mitra are two brothers growing up in Calcutta. When they were children, they were inseparable and often got into mischief together. As they come of age in 1960s India, their paths begin to diverge. Subhash is the obedient, studious one. He plans to go to the United States and study to becomeContinue reading “The Lowland”

Oh HELL no.

We live in a world in which industry “best of” lists routinely ignore overlook women and people of color in favor of middle-aged white men and the occasional middle-aged white woman.  I guess, in Anis Shivani’s eyes, that means women and people of color are, by default, totally craptastic. In his recent HuffPo article, “TheContinue reading “Oh HELL no.”

Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake is a novel about family ties, heritage, and generational divides. The book begins with Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, newlywed Bengali immigrants, attempting to assimilate into their new life in New England. Ashima in particular has a hard time coping with the new way of life, but the coupleContinue reading “Immigrant Experience: The Namesake & Girl in Translation”