Tag Archives: Asia

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

Subtitled: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing So…basically this is a kind of self-help course in decluttering and organizing, as the subtitle suggests. It’s been traveling around the blogosphere for a time now, and I first heard about it … Continue reading

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East of the Sun, by Julia Gregson (audio)

Viva is returning to India, and to afford her passage, she becomes a chaperone for three young people also heading to India. There’s Rose, who is going to be married to a Calvary officer whom she hardly knows. There’s Victoria, … Continue reading

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami (audio)

I’ve never read anything by Murakami before. He’s one of those authors that scares me, probably because a long time ago I heard a rumor about some sort of animal brutality in his book Kafka on the Shore. I’m not … Continue reading

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Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck

As Madame Wu reaches her fortieth birthday, she makes a decision that will change the life of everyone in her multi-generational housing complex. She decides that she will retire from being a woman, and bring a concubine to live with … Continue reading

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Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella, set in future-world China on a background of cyborgs and plague and intergalactic politics. I’ll be short with this review. I wasn’t sure I would like this book. It seemed everyone was reading it, … Continue reading

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Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

I have been terrified of Hermann Hesse for years. I’m not sure how I got the impression that he was difficult and dense to read, but I’ve avoided him. Next year, however, my book club is reading Siddhartha, so I … Continue reading

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Complete Stories, by William Somerset Maugham

I love Maugham and wanted to read his short stories as part of my short story project this year. I’ve since decided to give up the project and just finished reading the stories. There are quite a bit of them … Continue reading

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Radio Shangri-La, by Lisa Napoli

Lisa Napoli traveled to Bhutan, a small country sandwiched between India and China, after hearing it was “the happiest kingdom on earth.” She was given the opportunity to go without the daily $200 tourist tariff as long as she helped … Continue reading

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If You Follow Me, by Malena Watrous

Marina and Carolyn, both twenty-two and just out of college, decide to teach English in Japan for a year. Marina is, in a way, running away from her father’s suicide the previous year, and Carolyn simply doesn’t know what to … Continue reading

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Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (audio)

After a rough divorce, Elizabeth Gilbert set off on a year’s journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia. This book is her memoir of that year. I’ve considered reading this book for years now, but never really had any motivation to … Continue reading

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