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Valley of Amazement Uk by Amy Tan
Valley of Amazement Uk

writermala, May 19, 2015

For the first few pages of this book I thought of it as Kama Sutra meets Harlequin. Then the real story emerged and I recognized it for the epic that it was. The story speaks of various forms of love in the lives of Lulu, Violet, and Flora and by the time I reached the last page I couldn't keep the tears from flowing.

A really powerful book which talks about a delicate subject - describing the lives of courtesans in early twentieth century Shanghai - and the love that survives in this atmosphere. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone.
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train

writermala, May 18, 2015

This book was billed as a Psychological thriller. I did not find it thrilling nor did I see any Psychology at play. It was at best a boring account of a murder and an attempt to put red herrings the way of the readers. A not successful attempt I may say. A very disappointing read.
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Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

writermala, May 14, 2015

I am not heading to college nor is anybody in my family. Yet I found this book really informative and interesting.The mania which takes over students' lives when college admissions season hits is just unbelievable and Bruni addresses this mania. He wonders if it is well-deserved and makes a good case for the converse.

A well-researched and well-written book. It'll help many seniors and their parents set their priorities right.
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The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant Joyful Future by Margaret Trudeau
The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant Joyful Future

writermala, May 12, 2015

Margaret Trudeau's previous book "Changing my mind," was a bestseller; this one may not be because it talks specifically about and to one group of people and that is those in their third age. This is a down-to-earth account of her own and her friends' experiences as Seniors. She has talked to experts in the fields and gives good pointers that will be of use to other seniors and their families. The fact that she was a First Lady of Canada may not add credibility to the views but certainly makes for interesting reading. A book well worth reading.
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Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
Life after Life

writermala, May 10, 2015

This is my first book by Kate Atkinson and it certainly won't be the last. Ursula is the main character in "Life after life," and with the help of a facile pen Atkinson keeps us wondering if Ursula is dead or alive. Likewise, is Teddie her brother dead or alive...
Atkinson keeps us guessing as to what turn the Todds' life will take, in particular Ursula's
The novel starts in 1910 and proceeds till the sixties. The best part however would have to be the description of the London Bombings of WWII. The characters describe the bombing as a "good show," and as "The gods throwing a party!" Definitely an interesting read and if it's a precursor to Atkinson's other novels it bodes well for us her readers.
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