Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and by Nancy Pearl

By Nancy Pearl

What to learn subsequent is each booklet lover's maximum problem. Nancy Pearl involves the rescue with this wide-ranging and enjoyable advisor to the easiest interpreting new and previous. Pearl, who encouraged legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name town) learn a similar Book," has devised interpreting lists that cater to each temper, celebration, and character. those annotated lists disguise such themes as mother-daughter relationships, technological know-how for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a feminine standpoint, must-reads for children, books on bicycling, "chick-lit," and lots of extra. Pearl's enthusiasm and flavor shine all through.

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In Lost by Hans-Ulrich Treichel, the eight-year-old German narrator records his conflicted feelings when he discovers that the older brother he always believed had died during World War II might actually be alive. His BlAcK h UMOr 4 1 parents have identified an orphan as their likely son Arnold, and now they have to prove that the orphan actually is their son. This lands the family in a Kafkaesque world of institutes, mad doctors, and scientific testing to determine the true parentage of the perhaps-Arnold.

Vassanji’s The Book of Secrets, in which a diary written seventy years before is discovered in 1980s Dar es Salaam, and a retired schoolteacher tries to uncover the mystery it represents. British ecologist Hope Clearwater goes to Africa both to escape a bad marriage and to study chimpanzees with a famous scientist in Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd. In Ronan Bennett’s political thriller The Catastrophist, Irish novelist James Gillespie arrives in the Congo in 1959 to woo back his former lover, now a follower of Patrice Lumumba, who became the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and was assassinated a short time later.

In J. Nozipo Maraire’s Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter, a mother in Zimbabwe tries to remind her daughter (in school in the United States) of their cultural heritage and their country’s long political struggles. Sembène Ousmane has written a deeply moving and tragic political novel of the struggle against French colonialism in Senegal, in God’s Bits of BOOK lUsT 16 Woods. A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiongó is a novel about the human price of revolution, as Kenyans struggle to shake off the yoke of British colonialism.

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