The reluctant fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

on Friday, June 17, 2011

I read this book after borrowing it from a friend. It was really good. It is the story of a Pakistani man who tells his story to an American - It involves the story of how he initially came to US with his dreams and worked very hard towards it and then upto 9/11 and then how it all disintegrated for him. I really liked the story line and the way the story was written. The ending was a bit disappointing for me!

Dragon Bones - Lisa See

Just finished reading this novel. Loved it. It is about a couple David and Hulan. David is a lawyer now settled in China and Hulan is his wife who is Chinese. They have a daughter who passed away when she was small. They have been unable to recover from her loss and now are involved in a case of the Three Gorges dam where artifacts are missing and mysterious deaths occur. It is upto both of them to solve this case without causing international scandal. Loved the book and would recommend it. It involves parts of Chinese history too :D

On a Someday - Roxanne Henke

on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This story is about Claire West and her family. Claire is a college professor and close to retirement. She had tried to author a book for the past five years but has not gotten it to be reviewed by a book publisher. One of her friends asks her to give it a shot and it turns out to be a best seller and there starts her chain of lectures to promote the book.

Claire is married to Jim who is a owner of grocery stores. He bought an old car to restore 'someday' when he retires.

His son Drew is a loan officer in New York and gets married and then his wife pushes him to move to his home town. She feels being closer to grandma and grandpa would be nicer for the son they now have.

Jim initially wants Drew to take over his business and Drew doesnt want to. How does the story end? It's all about 'someday'. When will that blessed 'someday' come in our lives?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

I loved this book. I came across this book because my book club is reading it this month. Rebecca Skloot writes a sort of biography of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks is a black woman in the 1950s who died from cervical cancer. Her doctor had taken a sample of her cancer cells and that cell was the first one to survive in a lab. It was responsible for many breakthroughs in science, especially the cure for polio. But no one knew in the beginning whose cells they were. Rebecca followed up with Henrietta's daughter Deborah and there in begins the story of how the book is written. Lovely book!

A Child called It - Dave Pelzer

It's a sad story of child abuse. I felt really bad while reading the book. I didnt like it much probably because there is no conclusion at the end. But truly, while reading it, I was much hurt that parents could be like this. I wouldn't recommend it because it is a sad story!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo

Heheh this was actually a colleague's recommendation for kids. But I read it :D The story is about the china rabbit Edward. It starts out with Abilene and her granny. Granny had given Abilene the rabbit as a gift. Edward is a bit vain. When Abilene and her parents are going on vacation, she takes him to play with. But due to some fight with kids, he gets thrown overboard. Then Edward is passed onto different people - a hobo, a girl with pneumonia, a fisherman etc. All the lessons learnt on the way help make Edward a selfless rabbit. He is eventually broken and is taken to a doll maker to be repaired. He lies on the shelf and is finally bought by a little girl Maggie whose mother turns out to be Abilene :D

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog - John Grogan

Oh I had heard a lot about this book and the movie. But Im a book lover and hence wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I loved the book! I must say I've never been much happy with the idea of a dog at home. But after reading the book, I want one and want one NOW! Especially a lab. I find them as puppies so cute. I want them to never grow :D always be those cute adorable puppies.

Now onto the book review, it's about the newly married couple John and Jenny who are settling down in Florida. Jenny decides she wants a dog to nurture so that she can practise her mothering skills :) They get Marlet and life changes totally heheh. He's a cute puppy who grows up into a huge dog who acts crazy. The book is about the life of John and Jenny and how their life changes through Marley. A good read!