Thursday, November 29, 2007

Books recent and future:

In this time of seasonal stress you may find it difficult to find the time to read. If you had time to read, you wouldn't be under all this stress. On the other hand there are those to whom you must give something and books are excellent gifts. You might give one to yourself to read after the holidays. Here are some titles I have read and recommend and some I will read next.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum, a tale of German resistors of the
Holocaust and what it cost them.

The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell, the story of life in Shanghai before WW II, the love of the narrators parents, betrayal and reconciliation.

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, a book of masterful short stories about Vietnam. I was just in an elevator in Baltimore with the book in hand and every person in the elevator had read the book and loved it.

Then next books I will read:

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a fierce critic of Islam, a former member of the Dutch parliament, a talented writer and a new resident of the US, she was Hero by Glamour magazine in 2005 among other honors.

Cellophane by Marie Arana, a magical realist story of a family that own a cellophane factory in Peru.

The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama, which looks to be a beautifully written story of a man of twenty, a Chinese man sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis on the eve of WW II.

Diane Haney

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