The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Review: I will definitely have to read the full translation of Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book one day. The best copy I could find was on Scribd, but I’ll find a full translation somewhere, hopefully with context added in by the translator like in this one. Shonagon records random thoughts, short poems, and snippets of stories from... Continue Reading →

The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Alia Malek

Review: This book really makes me want to go to her country and see all the sights, especially the historical ones. I’m so accustomed to thinking of that region as a wasteland, I forget that it isn’t really like. It’s unfortunate, but she does also mention how much has been destroyed in recent years. I... Continue Reading →

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz

Review:  I'll be honest, I didn't entirely understand the ending of this book, but didn't diminish its value to me at all. Sometimes, I just don't get where certain stories are coming from. They happen to be outside of my ability to relate while being incredibly intriguing. The thing about the Queue is that is... Continue Reading →

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Review: There is so much to love about this delightful classic, I had no idea. I had been saving this one for WIT Month but had chosen it for task 11 for Read Harder 2018, a children's classic published before 1980. It's the kind of book that really shows how impressionable children can be and... Continue Reading →

Memoir for Women In Translation Month

I know we aren't quite to it yet, but next month is WIT Month! It's become one of my favorite observances of the year. There's a whole history of the lack of women's stories being translated into English whether they write fiction or nonfiction. At that, not a lot of books are translated at all,... Continue Reading →

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