/ˌkärpā ˈliː.ber/ the enjoyment of the pleasures of reading
“Tonight the man will die. In some ways, the city already seems resigned to it, the Beirut dusk uncharacteristically flat, cloud, a peculiar staleness rippling through the trees like wind. It’s easy to costume the earth for grief and tonight the birds perched upon the tangled electricity wires look like mourners in their black andContinue reading “The Arsonists’ City”
As someone who spent several years living in Shanghai, I approached Land of Big Numbers with some trepidation as China has become so politicized and its citizens conflated with its government to such a great degree that it’s rare to come across anything about the country that presents a balanced perspective. However, Te-Ping Chen doesContinue reading “Land of Big Numbers”
Set during the aftermath of World War II, Viola Ardone’s international bestseller follows the journey of seven-year-old Amerigo Speranza as he is sent to northern Italy along with thousands of other children in hopes of a better life in the less war-torn regions of the country. Temporarily taken away from their families, these children enteredContinue reading “The Children’s Train”
Julie Carrick Dalton’s debut novel is an emotional coming-of-age story about how time and secrets can change people and affect childhood friendships. Waiting for the Night Song is set in rural New Hampshire, and woven throughout the narrative is a timely warning against racial tensions and climate change. The strong emphasis on nature writing andContinue reading “Waiting for the Night Song”
Spread over decades, Open Heart follows Gene Hull in his journey to discover himself and find love in the process. It’s clear that Gregory D. Williams writes from experience; the author’s detailed knowledge of the medical field shines through in his writing: “Dr. Harrington punches a hole in the aorta with something like an awl.Continue reading “Open Heart”
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