This is a book about food. Really. Ok, well maybe it's a book about Italian culture too. But there's a lot of food in it.
Three years after marrying her husband in Venice, Marlena is apprehensive when they sell everything and move to Tuscany. Here they have no job, are renting a house, but they quickly become adapted to village life and make a few friends. One of these is a man who used to live in their house long ago and is a great source of help on projects from making a bread oven to harvesting grapes. And of course, the entire time that they're living there, there is a lot of food and cooking going on.
Marlena describes her husband in favorable terms most of… Read more
Modern Vietnam. There are plenty of books about the war, but you don't often see as many about what's going on in the country in this time. Not that this book is a non-fiction by any means. This is definitely fiction, but it still has a unique setting.
Hung is the local pho seller who makes the best pho. He has a loyal customer base even though he only has a cart that he pulls along to different areas and not a store. His store was shut down back when most people were being corralled for re-education. His connection to some of the patrons that were taken was deep, especially to a poet called Dao. Now, in the present time, Dao's son and grandson are some of the people who… Read more
Anymore it seems there are a lot of books about Iran, and especially about the women of Iran. Because for a lot of us, it's an intriguing topic. The women's lives there we can't even fathom sometimes as it's completely different from what we're used to in a culture. That being said, some of the books out there are better than the others.
Kousha interviews fifteen Iranian women from different walks of life (although the majority are educated) and how being a woman in Iran has played out for them. She explores their relationships with their mothers, fathers, husbands and their role in the workplace. She also asks whether or not they'd rather be born again as women or men and… Read more