Book Reviews

Life must go on in spite of war

How can you pick up a book whose title gives away the ending yet keep reading till you finish it? That’s the beauty of Anuk Arudpragasam’s prose in his novel, The Story Of A Brief Marriage. The book is the life in a day and night of Dinesh who is fleeing the Sri...

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Standing up to Amy Schumer

  Amy Schumer is a stand-up comedian whose “brave” material mostly consists of musings about her hookups – sexual encounters with relative strangers. And below is my review of her 2016 memoir, The Girl with a Lower Back Tattoo. Since finishing it yesterday evening, I...

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Pick up grit on the way to greatness

  "To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise...

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The How and The What Of Eating Animals

"As in any kind of factory, uniformity is essential. Piglets that don't grow fast enough - the runts - are a drain on resources. Picked up by their hind legs, they are swung and then bashed head first onto the concrete floor. This common practice is called "thumping"....

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Words that changed this life..

... and tenderly touching a piece of bread in one's coat pocket, first stroking it with frozen gloveless fingers, then breaking off a crumb and putting it in one's mouth ... * This is one of those longing nights when my eyelids don't shut tight because of the welling...

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Dear Lena: An open letter

  I feel sorry that you did not write a mind-blowing autobiography. There was not a single sentence in your book, Not that kind of Girl, where I truly laughed out loud. The irony being that, only if this entire book was fiction, I would have laughed hard at the...

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