The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Review: This book really makes me want to go to her country and see all the sights, especially the historical ones. I’m so accustomed to thinking of that region as a wasteland, I forget that it isn’t really like. It’s unfortunate, but she does also mention how much has been destroyed in recent years. I … Continue reading The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

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The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Review:  I'll be honest, I didn't entirely understand the ending of this book, but didn't diminish its value to me at all. Sometimes, I just don't get where certain stories are coming from. They happen to be outside of my ability to relate while being incredibly intriguing. The thing about the Queue is that is … Continue reading The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Review: There is so much to love about this delightful classic, I had no idea. I had been saving this one for WIT Month but had chosen it for task 11 for Read Harder 2018, a children's classic published before 1980. It's the kind of book that really shows how impressionable children can be and … Continue reading Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Memoir for Women In Translation Month

I know we aren't quite to it yet, but next month is WIT Month! It's become one of my favorite observances of the year. There's a whole history of the lack of women's stories being translated into English whether they write fiction or nonfiction. At that, not a lot of books are translated at all, … Continue reading Memoir for Women In Translation Month

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

I originally posted this for WIT Month a few months ago but wanted to repost today. Unfortunately, this is my only memoir by an indigenous author. I do plan to read "Strong Medicine" Speaks, which is a narrative that has been in my TBR for far too long. I also need to find some more … Continue reading I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú, translated by Ann Wright

WIT Month Wrap Up

My second Women In Translation Month has come to a close. It's a little bitter sweet. I know I can continue to read women in translation throughout the year, have definitely upped my regular reading of them, and have challenges to finish, but it's still nice to have a theme for a while and focus … Continue reading WIT Month Wrap Up

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

Review: The Lake was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I didn't really know what to expect. As usual, I read the description when I first chose to put the book on my TBR and didn't bother looking at it again when I sat down to read it. What's the point, I … Continue reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, translated by Michael Emmerich

TTT: Classics by Women in Translation

It's Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly meme put on by the Broke and Bookish where they give a topic and book bloggers post their top ten choices on it. This week's topic is: August 29: Ten Hidden Gem Books in X Genre: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have … Continue reading TTT: Classics by Women in Translation

My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Review:    My Invented Country is a different kind of memoir. Allende's personal memoir was Paula, but as it says in the title, this one is about Chile. Don't confuse it with a history of Chile either. This is written in a memoir style and is simply Allende's experience of her country. It's the way she remembers … Continue reading My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile by Isabel Allende, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden

Who is celebrating WIT Month?

This yearly event has been going on for about four years, according to its creator on Biblibio. I especially loved her recent WITMonth post to Rethink PC. I have this problem with people too. Check out her post, its' brilliant. Here are some bloggers celebrating WIT Month this year! Biblibio: WITMonth Day 1 The Book Satchel: 13 … Continue reading Who is celebrating WIT Month?