In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

 Review: I’ve read (listened to) a lot of memoirs in recent years but this was my first by a human trafficking survivor. It’s a powerful story of survival and determination that all adults should read. I’ll warn the potential reader, though, this book comes riddled with triggers. An excerpt from the back cover: Yeonmi Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North … Continue reading In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Review: This is the second book of Tahir’s series, An Ember in the Ashes. I read and reviewed the first one here. I loved it and looked forward to this sequel. It did not disappoint.  If you haven’t read the first book, stop here. Here’s the back cover: After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra … Continue reading A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

Review: I love a good memoir, especially one that comes from such an unusual history. Here’s the back cover info: The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South … Continue reading Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: I’d heard a lot of hype around this book and it did not disappoint. I have to admit, I wasn’t entirely prepared for this book. I had read some reviews back when I first put it on my TBR and I went on hold at the library. That was months ago. All I remembered about it was that everyone loved it and I couldn’t wait … Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung

Review: It’s not very often that a work of fiction gets to me as much as this one did. It was beautiful and haunting and familiar and foreign all at the same time. Homesick and alone, a teenage girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory. Her family, still in the countryside, is too impoverished to keep sending her to school, so she … Continue reading The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung

About the Night by Anat Talshir, translated by Evan Fallenberg

Review: The setting as a big part of what I loved about the story. People try to do stories of this kind in made-up scenarios and though some work, using the events that transpired in Jerusalem in the middle of the last century is just genius. There were so many things that I never quite understood about that era that can’t really be described in … Continue reading About the Night by Anat Talshir, translated by Evan Fallenberg

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Review: Despite that this is a classic that would have been relevant in almost any American Lit class, of which I’ve been in several between high school and getting an English degree, it only hit my radar on account of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home. That book talks about this play, and it’s point on the commentary produced about the play is … Continue reading A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

Review: This is a delightful little book. I had read the description before buying it but then got a few library books and put this one on the back burner. I’m actually trying to catch up on the books I’ve actually bought because this happens a lot. Anyway, I had forgotten by the time I picked it up to read. I also didn’t realize how … Continue reading The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Review: I don’t know about you, but I had only recently heard of the Afghan practice of bacha posh, and I hadn’t even heard the term until this book. I had no idea what I was getting into. I have to say that what I loved the most about the book was that it was composed of parallel stories in two different eras in Afghanistan. … Continue reading The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: I’ve read a lot of memoirs, but none that were done as a series of poems before. It really is a beautiful way to convey your story. My favorite was the first one, about the day she was born. Here’s some information from the back cover: Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson