Archive for May, 2006

Great books for April!

Because I am addicted to reading, I often get asked to recommend books for people to read. So I thought I’d use my blog to do that from time to time, let’s say every month.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book is a novel about a boy growing up in Afghanistan, it spans the second half of the 20th century past the 9/11 attacks. The focus is on Afghan culture and one family’s life in Afghanistan, it is not an overtly political book. It is both heart-wrenching and immensely interesting, and the suspense will keep you going to the very end.

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Fascinating novel about an Indian family, focusing first on a young wife who has recently immigrated to America and then on her son. The writing is beautiful, precise and keenly descriptive. Lahiri has a gift for providing insight into the lives of her characters and the plot is equally interesting.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
I mentioned this book in my last post, and I really recommend it. It is about Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber who got lost coming down from an attempt to summit K2 and he ended up in a remote Pakistani village in Kashmir. When he saw that the village had no school, he vowed to return to Pakistan and build one. He turned that promise into the Central Asia Institute, an organization that builds schools and other civic projects in the remote villages of Kashmir.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
While I recommend anything Sedaris writes, I especially love this collection of short stories. The most well-known one is the one about him being an elf in a department store during Christmas time, but the others are just as funny. He is one of the funniest authors I have ever read.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
This book is nonfiction, but has all the plot elements and interesting characters so it doesn’t seem like it. It is about a Hmong girl named Lia who has epilepsy and the struggles and problems with treating her in accordance with American medical practice and Hmong tradition. The Hmong come from northern Laos and parts of Thailand and China and the book is almost about their history.


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