Archive for April, 2009

THE RAIN BEFORE IT FALLS by Jonathan Coe

THE RAIN BEFORE IT FALLS is an elegant, multi-generational saga that draws the reader in with a unique narrative format. Before she died, Rosamund left behind a series of cassettes for her niece, Gil, who must pass them onto someone named Imogen.

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Contemporary, Family Matters, Unique Narrative, United Kingdom

MY LITTLE RED BOOK by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

No matter where she lives in the world, a girl greets her first period with a mixture of dismay, joy, relief and apprehension. Even if it is an essential rite of passage for all women, the event is often shrouded in embarrassment and talk about periods is shared in hushed whispers. Until now. An amazingly simple idea—essays about first periods from a variety of women…

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
Tags: ,  · Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Non-fiction

MY LITTLE RED BOOK by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

A few weeks ago, my mom handed me a solid red book with a picture of pink underwear on the front. My first reaction was: “Great. Another strange book to throw under my bed and forget about.”

April 23, 2009 · Judi Clark · One Comment
Tags:  · Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Non-fiction

THE WINTER VAULT by Anne Michaels

THE WINTER VAULT by Anne Michaels. Book review. Eleven years after the publication of Fugitive Pieces, her only other novel (and winner of the Orange Prize), Anne Michaels has published a monumental philosophical novel which is also exciting to read for its characters and their conflicts.

April 21, 2009 · Judi Clark · 3 Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Egypt, Facing History, Literary, Reading Guide, World Lit, y Award Winning Author

A QUIET FLAME by Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr’s A QUIET FLAME moves back and forth between Argentina in the fifties and Berlin in 1932. The narrator, Bernhard Gunther, has seen it all, and for the most part, what he has seen makes him sick to his stomach. Before the war, Bernie was a wisecracking and insightful Berlin detective…

April 21, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
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RHYMING LIFE AND DEATH by Amos Oz

When the Author, the otherwise unnamed main character of Amos Oz’s newest work, arrives at a literary evening at the Shunia Shor Community Center in Tel Aviv as the special guest, he expects the usual sorts of questions from his audience. What his audience never suspects is that the author, while answering their sometimes intrusive questions about himself, is secretly inventing names and imaginary lives for them…

April 19, 2009 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags: , ,  · Posted in: Israel, Literary, Unique Narrative, World Lit, y Award Winning Author