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Home Below Hell's Canyon by Grace Jordan
Home Below Hell's Canyon

SandyPP, August 21, 2014

Living off the grid during the Great Depression, relying on neighbors, ingenuity and grit, Grace Jordon homeschools her children while cooking for dozens without electricity, scavenging for fat to make soap and trying to ignore the results of a bad fall. I shivered as they rode narrow ledges, bundled in blankets to travel out, enjoyed the companionship of neighbors at the makeshift Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and marveled at the creation of a bathtub. Fascinating for anyone but if you're going (or have been) to Hell's Canyon you'll love reading about the occupants of the Kirkwood Ranch in the 30s.
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Old Filth by Jane Gardam
Old Filth

SandyPP, July 20, 2014

Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Gardam the best British writer you've never heard of. I couldn't agree more except now I've heard of her and I'll keep reading. To my joy, I have now discovered this is the first book in a trilogy! Don't let the title turn you off--it means Failed in London; Try Hong Kong.

Old Filth is multilayered, wise psychologically and sucked me right in. I lived it in for the days I was reading (or perhaps I should say inhaling) it.

An elderly retired lawyer loses his wife, prompting him to open a long-sealed box of memories revealing not only pain but secrets. The story skillfully unfolds, moving from London, the British countryside, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Wales, and the high seas.

I love a book that introduces me to a world or phenomena previously unknown to me. Here it's Raj Orphans, children sent back to Britain at a very young age from the "colonies" to be raised by foster parents and boarding schools while losing their attachment to their parents.

Gardam is so good that what would be unbelievable coincidences for lesser writers turn out not to be. And I almost forgot to mention that it can be funny too.
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones

SandyPP, June 6, 2014

This gets a 10 out of 5. My only problem now is finding something else to read because nothing measures up. The story is compelling--took me into an entirely new world--and the writing is gorgeous.
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Salvage the Bones: A Novel. Jesmyn Ward by Jesmyn Ward
Salvage the Bones: A Novel. Jesmyn Ward

SandyPP, June 6, 2014

This gets a 10 out of 5. My only problem now is finding something else to read because nothing measures up. The story is compelling--took me into an entirely new world--and the writing is gorgeous.
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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

SandyPP, November 10, 2013

This life story of a man, told in the guise of a self-help book, is clever, touching, funny, politically subtle and brilliant. The reader sees how the luck of moving to the city provides the protagonist the opportunity to use cleverness and corruption to get filthy rich. His luck includes his position in his family as, with the author's usual economy and elegance, we see the contrast between his life and that of his siblings. We also follow the life of the ‘pretty girl’ he falls in love with as a child and how she too manages to ‘make it’ in her own (and very female) way.
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