This is an interesting and thought provoking account of a young woman’s time in a Connecticut prison. She is incarcerated ten years after her crime of participating in drug trafficking in her early twenties. To say the least she is a different person at the time of her incarceration than she was at the time of her involvement with the wrong people that led to her crime. Her book speaks candidly about the “war on drugs”, the rehabilitation of those incarcerated, the dynamics of prison life, the treatment of prisoners, and lessons learned from her experience. A worthwhile read.
This is a touching yet comedic novel about an alien’s point-of-view of the human race. He assumes the identity of a prominent Cambridge Mathematician and arrives on Earth initially filled with pre-conceived, negative impressions about humans. But on further exploration, he learns to appreciate the hope and beauty within the human race’s flaws and idiosyncrasies. Truly a laugh-out-loud funny book.
Korobi Roy is engaged to be married into a well-to-do family, but many obstacles are thrown in the way of the marriage. Korabi thought she was an orphan, but when her beloved grandfather dies the covers over the family secrets slowly unravel. Korobi decides she must know who she is and thus must find her father before she enters into marriage. She leaves Kolkata and goes to America to search for him. Throughout the romantic story swirl issues of trust, love, race, caste, family, money, and religion. The supporting characters are a fascinating lot with many of the same conflicts troubling them in different ways. It's a wonderful read that explores modern Indian culture.
This is a book for anyone who's ever thought they were special, or talented, or brilliant when they were young. It looks at six characters who saw the world as their apple in the mid 1970s and what their lives actually became in adulthood.
Reviving a lost literary art, Tammet presents twenty-five familiar essays--each one a gem. He offers warm and wise personal observations about being human and points out curious mathematical aspects of life (usually of surprising simplicity and elegance.) The author comes armed with the knowledge of ten languages and the ability to recite pi from memory to beyond 22,000 places. Note: If this book sounds interesting, consider also The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa.
This charming memoir tells the story of the author’s unique upbringing in San Francisco with her father. Alysia’s father is bisexual and loses his wife when Alysia is young. Against the urgings of family, he chooses to raise her himself at a time when single fathers were not common, no less gay single fathers. Her childhood is full of the colorful characters that go in and out of her father’s life, her father’s relentless search for a mother figure for his daughter, and many touching moments of normality amidst the chaos. Along the way, they forge a powerful father / daughter relationship that lasts them well into Alysia’s adulthood, when she returns to San Francisco to be with her father as he is dying of AIDS.
This is a short but revealing book translated by David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas), written by a 13 year old Japanese boy with autism. Unable to communicate verbally, he uses an alphabet grid to answer questions about autism. Between the questions, he weaves in short stories, telling tales and teaching lessons. He is self aware and poignant, breaking stereotypes about autism and giving voice to the autistic child. This is a book that can be read in one sitting and it is quite inspirational.
This is a fascinating account of Europe's growing awareness during the Medieval and Renaissance periods that a fourth part of the world existed outside of the known three - Europe, Asia, and Africa. The story is told by examining and exploring an influential but subsequently lost map produced in 1507. It was the first to use the word "America" to name the new part of the world, which had recently been discovered by - was it Columbus, or Amerigo Vespucci? The map also was the first to show an ocean to the west of that new world. The lost map was found in Germany early in the 20th century, and was transferred at great expense a few years ago to the Library of Congress, where it is now on display.