The Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio, translated by Achy Obejas

This is not normally my kind of romance and even though I wasn't head over heels about it, I did enjoy this book. The Price of Paradise takes place in that long gone time in Cuba before Castro. Though it's often romanticized, I appreciate that this story brings back the memory of how thick the... Continue Reading →

The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria by Samar Yazbek, translated by Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

I didn't really know what to expect with this book. I knew that there was conflict in Syria, that much is hard to miss, but I had no idea how the revolution that had been happening turned into ISIS. I also had no idea that it was exactly that story that would develop while Yazbek... Continue Reading →

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami, translated Allison Markin Powell

Women in Translation Month begins again! For those of you not familiar, every August we take some time to seek out women authors whose books have been translated into our language. This came from Biblibio after discovering that only 3% of books published in the US are books translated from other languages and of that... Continue Reading →

Femme Friday -Can we increase the number of women in translation?

While there is not a definitive answer to give a question such as this, I don't think the cause is lost. The overall percentage of books in translation needs to go up, but if we bring the total number of women's books to the existing total number of men's books, that'll do that too. Then... Continue Reading →

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