What I Read – April 2021

Read: Salt Fat Acid Heat - Samin Nosrat (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) My Heart - Semezdin Mehmedinovic (Catapult, 2021) (translated from the Bosnian by Celia Hawkesworth) The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Longman, 1992) The Dogs Are Eating Them Now - Graeme Smith (Alfred A. Knopf… Continue reading What I Read – April 2021

Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart (Grove Press, 2020) Oof. This book. Let me start by saying that it is worthy of the high praise and the awards it has received. But it's really hard to read. I started slow and came close to giving up after one particularly brutal chapter but pushed through and am… Continue reading Book Review: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

What I Read – October 2020

Read: Mother Mother - Jessica O'Dwyer (Apprentice House Press, 2020) The Bird King - G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, 2019) The Party Upstairs - Lee Conell (Penguin Press, 2020) Bunny - Mona Awad (Hamish Hamilton, 2019) It Would Be Night in Caracas - Karina Sainz Borgo (translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Bryer) (HarperVia, 2019)… Continue reading What I Read – October 2020

Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

The Bird King - G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press, 2019) Fatima is a concubine in the luxurious confines of the Alhambra. Born into captivity, she has never left the Alhambra. She lives in luxury, a favourite of the sultan, but outside the palace confines, the sultan's power is coming to an end as Spain is… Continue reading Book Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Book Review: Miss Burma by Charmaine Cragg

Miss Burma - Charmaine Cragg (Grove Press, 2017) My reading of Miss┬áBurma suffered initially from blurb inaccuracy. Which is to say that the book the front flaps describe is not the book as it exists. The book's own blurb told me this was the story of Louisa, the first Miss Burma, navigating a country at… Continue reading Book Review: Miss Burma by Charmaine Cragg

What I Read – February 2019

Read: When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi (Gale Engage Learning, 2016) Divided Loyalties - Nilofar Shidmehr (Astoria, 2019) Fathers and Sons - Ivan Turgenev (Penguin Books, 1975) (translated from the Russian by Rosemary Edmonds) Minster Without Portfolio - Michael Winter (Hamish Hamilton, 2013) The Bellman's Secret - Heidi Barnes (Rare Bird Books, 2019) Quiet - Susan Cain (Crown Publishers, 2012) Miss Burma - Charmaine Cragg… Continue reading What I Read – February 2019