01 February 2012

Reading list

One of the wonderful side effects of having lots more free time during the interview season has been all the reading I've done. Besides the usual suspects (news, entertainment, health) online, I got through a decent pile of really great fiction:

Kalila by Rosemary Nixon - the story of a child born ill, told from multiple points of view.

The Rumi Collection edited by Kabir Helminski - collection of sufi poetry, using multiple translators.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali - the story of a muslim woman from a small Bangladeshi village, brought to London to marry.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides - the story of a girl navigating life during her graduation from Brown.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - ostensibly the story of children forced into battle for sport, but with strong political tones. The Ender's Game for this crop of tweens?

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - the story of a young girl sent to a leper colony in hawaii at the turn of the century.

The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht - technically the story of a woman finding out how her grandfather died, but really a collection of lovely eastern european fairy tales.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - the story of twins born in an Ethiopian clinic; their complex family relationships, with the backdrop of the Eritrean unrest.

My Own Country by Abraham Verghese - An indian doctor taking care of AIDS patients in TN.

I would honestly recommend all these books, but I have to say I do love Abraham Verghese. Still on the list to get to next: A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan, Tinkers by Paul Harding, and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

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