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What I've been reading

Because it's the only thing I have time to do.

Patrick Chamoiseau: "Texaco". This is a magical-realism novel about the history of Martinique. It is based on the memoirs of the fictional Marie-Sophie Laborieux, descendant of slaves and foundress of the shantytown Texaco. I recommend this one. I enjoyed it a great deal, though the writing style was a bit hard to get into. Once I was in the groove, I loved it.

Deborah Rodriguez, "Kabul Beauty School". READ IT. It's all true.

"Latifa", "My Forbidden Face". Read this one before "Beauty School". A young woman who now has refuge in France recounts being an adolescent under the Taliban. Tense, depressing, and why I now have it in for the "Patriarchal Christians" like the Duggars more than ever.

TJ Jefferson, "California Girl". Scandal, murder and the John Birch Society in 1968 Orange County. This was the time and place americanstd was born and it made me feel closer to him.



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Dec. 20th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I read Bernhard Schlink's The Reader and and Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer while I was in Ottawa.

The Reader is an easy very straight forward read for all that it gets pretty philosophical at times. I haven't seen the movie, and I kind of wonder how much of the philosophical aspect comes across there.

Stolen Innocence is an FLDS memoir, and from the cover, it looks like the kind of sensationalistic rag sold at the grocery store aimed at housewives, but it's actually fairly intelligent.
Dec. 20th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I actually saw the documentary film of "Kabul Beauty School," which was just incredible. I may have to hunt up the book as well.
Dec. 20th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Will put them on the library list. Have you read Three Cups of Tea? About the American mountain climber who started building (co-ed) schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Great stuff.
Dec. 21st, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
That one is on my list. It's easy to get in San Diego because it was a "One Book, One San Diego" offering a year back.
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