Monday, September 08, 2014
This book is an amazing story and a quick read for those who are looking for interesting non-fiction. Saroo Brierley was born in India, where at the age of 5 he became lost while at a train station with his brother. He tells of his memories of India and his family prior to getting lost. Then he relates the ordeal of getting lost and spending weeks on the street in Calcutta. What's astonishing is that he survives his time in Calcutta (as a 5 year old!) and gets placed in an orphanage where he is soon adopted by a couple from Tasmania. The second half of the book deals with his growing up years and eventual quest in his twenties to retrace his steps to his family in India using Google Earth. Saroo's painstaking internet search is finally met with success. The last part of the book celebrates the reunification with his birth family. I recommend this inspirational and a culturally enlightening book.
Monday, July 21, 2014
This is a collection of essays written by Ann Patchett over several decades. In addition to being a fiction writer, Ann "cut her teeth" and supported herself by being a non-fiction writer for magazines. Being used to her novels, I wasn't sure what to expect. This is non-fiction, but it mostly centers around Ann's life/experiences, so it's not what you might expect say, from Bill Bryson. Nonetheless, if your familiar with Ann's work and would like to know more about her background, writing process or personal life, it's an easy enjoyable read. For those who want to read only a few of her essays, the ones that focus on caring for her dog, her former teacher (a nun) and grandmother are the most satisfying and touching.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion by Anne Somerset
The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien
Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence
Posted by Allison at 5/30/2014