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The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik
The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life

ctrtess, March 25, 2011

A multi-generational story of 3 women, mostly of Iranian heritage. Will touch all your emotions, as well as educate you as to the customs of this part of the world. This author does a great job of sharing the intimacies of her family. By the end, I felt as if I were part of the family. I believe it is her ability to bring this small part of the world into our own Human Family,that gives this work such appeal. While we may not have been familiar with their customs, we are certainly familiar with their emotions.
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ctrtess, March 21, 2010

Nothing suits me better than to read an interesting story which teaches me of things I didn't even know I needed to know. This tome filled that bill on several levels. There is the science aspect of the book, teaching me more about the beautiful birds of Central America, one of my favorite places on this earth. There is the introduction to me of the ways and customs of a people I never knew existed, the Kuna tribe of Panama. And finally, the very life lessons and maturing of the young woman whose true personal experiences brought this book to fruition. Oddly, I identified with this woman, bringing me into the story, as if I had a personal stake in the outcome. I am certain it is her talent as an author that tied me to her role. While the book has clinical aspects, it is also toughing and warm. Ms. Young does a fantastic job of sharing her experiences in the jungle with us, using a terrific fictional story as a vehicle.
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Sarahs Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

ctrtess, March 21, 2010

Moving back and forward between 1939 and 2002, this book weaves two apparently different stories in a viable and cohesive manner. Both themes grabbed my interest and kept me wanting more, I could hardly put the volume down. That is until there were only about 80 pages left. Then I found myself rationing the words, eager to hang on to the experience of the story, now brought together neatly and with great believability. As I closed the book for the last time, I had to sit and think about what I had just read, it left such an impact on my mind. The subject matter, the Vel' d'Hiv', while horrifying and devastating, was in fact of an actual occurrence, and an event that I for one, had never known happened. It is called one of the best kept secrets of the Holocaust, and rightly so. I laughed, I cried, I learned, I loved it.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

ctrtess, January 30, 2010

I found the book riveting, yet uncomfortable at times. The language was stronger than I usually read, and it was a bit more graphic than suits me. I learned a lot about the Dominicas, and a very fascinating era in their history. The author brought the charcters to life in such a way that I felt their pain, while learning of the source of their angst. I found his writing style interesting, and yes, fun. At the end of the day, when I closed the book for the last time, I felt that reading it had been well worth any discomfort that I had felt. Not to give anything away, but Diaz does a marvelous job of 'wrapping it up'...
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