Tag: women’s issues

Review of Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

This was a really intense book, at times devastating, but I’m glad I read it.  Just know that it isn’t an easy read. It’s the story of two girls who meet in Indravalli, India who meet as teenagers.  Both are poor, uneducated, and forced to work to support their families, although even in poverty there’s…

Review of Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

This was a fascinating book, and one I recommend it if you’re looking for something like The Handmaid’s Tale (appropriate on this Women’s March weekend).  Erdrich’s book is set in the near future, where instead of environmental catastrophe, mankind is facing a different threat: life has begun to evolve backwards, and no one can tell…

The Best Books of Summer: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

When I went on vacation I didn’t get to review some great reads, so I’m working on catching up.  This one was my favorite. Alderman’s novel won the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017, but I was a little afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype. This book was amazing.  It took a…

The Last Days of Café Leila by Donia Bijan

Part of my Reading All Around the World Challenge, this is a book written by a chef in the U.S. who was born in Iran.  Café Leila tells the story of an Iranian family that experiences terrifying changes in the country after the revolution and establishment of the Islamic Republic in the early 1980’s. The…