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Thursday, July 27, 2017

****Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship, by Michelle Kuo

An American Memoir, 2017
LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer


In Reading with Patrick the author speaks of a hard-learned lesson - that one cannot change the world, or even one person, permanently. Change, or the answer to change - from poverty, violence, drug-addiction and familial dysfunction to inept schools, etc. - is a multifaceted problem with no single solution. Helping to effect change is imperative, it is our expectations that can throw us off balance. Kuo, as a young adult, finds this out and shares her experiences along the way. A thought-provoking relevant read.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Books Read January 1 - June 31, 2017

***** Little Life,  by Hanya Yanagihara, 2016, American Literature 

*****Rock, Paper, Scissors by Naja Marie Aidt, 2015, translated from the Danish by K.E. Semmel, Danish Literature


***Miller's Valley, by Anna Quinlan, 2016, American Fiction


*****The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, by Denis Thériault, 2017, translated from the French by Liedewy Hawke, LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer, French Canadian Literature 


***And The Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, 2013, audiobook,  South Asian Literature

**Fever Dream: A Novelby Samantha Schweblin, 2017, translated from the Spanish by Liedewy Hawke,  2017, Argentine Literature

***The Boat Rocker, by Ha Jin (pen name of Jin Xuefei), 2016, Chinese American Literature 


****The Patriots by Sana Krasikov, 2017, LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer, Ukrainian Literature 


**A Free Life, by Ha Jin (pen name of Jin Xuefei)2007, digital audio book, Chinese American Literature

****The Postman's Fiancé, by Denis Thériault, to be published 06/2017, translated from the French by John Cullen, LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer, French Canadian Literature


****Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel, by Ivan Doig, 2015, American Literature


***The Color of Our Sky: A Novel, by Amita Trasi, 2017, LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer, Indian Fiction


****Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by J.D. Vance, 2017, American Memoir


***Rosemary, The Hidden Kennedy Daughter,  by Kate Clifford Larson,  2015, American Biography 


*****A Strangeness In My Mind, by Orhan Pamuk, Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap, 2015, Turkish Literature 


***The Leavers, A Novel, by Lisa Ko, 2017, LibraryThing.com Early Reviewer, American Fiction



***Pax,  by Sara Penny packer, 2016, Children'should Literature,  American Literature 

*Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple, 2016, American Fiction

*****Aracoeli, by Elsa Morante, 1982, Italian Literature

***News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, 2016, American Fiction


***The Windfall, by Diksha Basu, 2017, Librarything.com Early Reviewer, Indian Fiction


*****Death in Spring, a Novel, by Merce Rodoreda, 1986, Translated from the Catalan by Martha Tennent, Catalonian Literature


Currently Reading Homegoing by Yaa GyasI, 2016, American Literature 


Currently Reading Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami, audio book, 2017, translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen, Japanese Literature


Currently Reading Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady, by Samuel Richardson, 1748, (from 2014 Reading List), English Literature