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The Spice Box Letters – Review

Book: The Spice Box Letters
Author: Eve Makis
Year: 2015
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

When Eve Makis was writing The Spice Box Letters, her literary agent left her because the agent believed, “No one cares about the Armenian genocide.” It’s rather ironic the scant storytelling of the Armenian genocide in popular literature given that it is the second-most studied extermination of an entire race after the Holocaust, and it resulted in the systemic elimination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government in Turkey. Published in 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, The Spice Box Letters traces the stories of two Armenian siblings violently separated during their deportation from Eastern Turkey in 1915.  Continue reading “The Spice Box Letters – Review”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Review

Book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
Year: 1962
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.

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Brave New World – Review

Book: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Year: 1931
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

“All right then,” said the savage defiantly, I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.”
“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat, the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.”
There was a long silence.
“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.”

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Dept. of Speculation – Review

Book: Dept. of Speculation
Author: Jenny Offill
Year: 2014
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

That one was so beautiful I used to watch him sleep. If I had to sum up what he did to me, I’d say it was this: he made me sing along to all the bad songs on the radio. Both when he loved me and when he didn’t.

Quite possibly the only book I will ever dog-ear. All of it.

The book I will read four times a year.

The book I will keep on my bookshelf, on my phone, on my Kindle, on my office desk.

The book I will write notes about to my husband, who is yet to come. Continue reading “Dept. of Speculation – Review”

Big Magic – Review

Book: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Year: 2015
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

“He became a poet the way other men become monks: as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence.”

Liz Gilbert (as she calls herself on Facebook) tells us a story about a woman named Winifred. At the age of 90, Winifred was an acknowledged expert in the history of Mesopotamia. She had traveled to the Middle East, learned the cuneiform script, and was sought out for answers on Mesopotamia. Winifred was also some sort of a bohemian legend with her red hair, drapes of beads around her neck, and friends from all walks of life, including Liz herself. Winifred started studying the history of ancient Mesopotamia at the age of 80 and reportedly “it changed her life”. Do you want to know Winifred? Be her friend? I know I do. Continue reading “Big Magic – Review”

Nineteen Eighty-Four – Review

Book: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Author: George Orwell
Year: 1949
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

“War is peace”
“Freedom is slavery”
“Ignorance is strength”

I want to first get the regret out of my system.

I co-run a book review blog for the past few years and Nineteen Eighty-Four hasn’t been reviewed yet. I almost fell out of my chair when I realized it the other day. I made the phone call immediately to confirm and was left aghast.

How this was possible, I still don’t understand. I mean it’s Orwell we’re speaking about. To make matters even more astounding we’ve reviewed his semi-autobiographical Down & Out in Paris & London years ago, while Nineteen Eighty-Four hasn’t seen the light yet. Continue reading “Nineteen Eighty-Four – Review”

The Red Tent – Review

Book: The Red Tent
Author: Anita Diamant
Year: 1997
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Maybe it was a sign that she died with an undivided heart,
and wished the same for you.

At an extended family function, a couple of years ago, one of the women, after a superficial acquaintance, gave me a sour dressing down on the conspicuous absence of my hijab. It startled me given that I had never met her during my growing up years, and here I was, in this elaborate, well-fitted kurta feeling extremely hot and looking reasonably nice. Ever since, if I meet her, I make it a point to ensure that my head is not covered. Continue reading “The Red Tent – Review”

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