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Alireza Taheri Araghi | The Immortals of Tehran

BLURB: As a child living in his family's apple orchard, Ahmad Torkash-Vand treasures his great-great-great-great grandfather's every mesmerizing word. On the day of his father's death, Ahmad listens closely as the seemingly immortal elder tells him the tale of a centuries-old family curse . . . and the boy's own fated role in the story. Ahmad grows up to suspect that something must be interfering with his family, as he struggles to hold them together through decades of famine, loss, and political turmoil in Iran. As the world transforms around him, each turn of Ahmad's life is a surprise: from street brawler, to father of two unusually gifted daughters; from radical poet, to politician with a target on his back. These lives, and the many unforgettable stories alongside his, converge and catch fire at the center of the Revolution. Exploring the brutality of history while conjuring the astonishment of magical realism, The Immortals of Tehran is a novel about the incan

Ann Napolitano | Dear Edward

BLURB:  One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor. Edward's story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery--one that will lead him to the answers of some of life's most profound questions: When you've lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survi

Vincent Hollow | Ghost and Other Vital Organs

*Ghosts and Other Vital Organs*   Author: Vincent Hollow . "Literature must rest always on a principle, and temporal considerations are no principle at all. For, to the poet, all times and places are one; the stuff he deals with is eternal and eternally the same: no theme is inept, no past or present preferable." ~ Oscar Wilde Review: Poetry, mostly blank verse but really greatly presented.  Liked the way the 362 paged book is divided into three parts: I. Carpe Noctem II. Memento Mori III. Memento Vivere Carpe noctem” means “Seize the night,” an exhortation to make the most of the night, enjoy the night. Its counterpoint is “Carpe diem,” “Seize the day,” which is actually a quote from Ode 1.11 of the poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in English as Horace: “carpe diem quam minimum credula postero,” “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one.” . . Memento mori is a Latin phrase that translates to “remember you must die.” A memento mori is something, histo

Lucy Foley | The Guest List

Blurb:  A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of  The Hunting Party. The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favours, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drink

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley | The War That Saved My Life

Blurb: An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars.   Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.   So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?   This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity—a classic in the making. Review: 'The War

John Green | The Fault in Our Stars

Blurb: Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.   Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Review: This book, OH GOD! It gave me shivers while I read this. I am quite a fan of YA Romantic Fiction Reads. This book met my expectations by a great lot. This was my first ever John Green book. I didn't know that Hazel and Augustus would be hovering over my mind for 2 weeks straight after I finished reading the book.  The Fault in Our Stars begins the story by right away telling us about the protagonist Hazel Grace Lancas

Pat Barker | The Silence of the Girls

Blurb: Here is the story of the Iliad as we’ve never heard it before: in the words of Briseis, Trojan queen and  captive of Achilles. Given only a few words in Homer’s epic and largely erased by history, she is nonetheless a pivotal figure in the Trojan War. In these pages she comes fully to life: wry, watchful, forging connections among her fellow female prisoners even as she is caught between Greece’s two most powerful warriors. Her story pulls back the veil on the thousands of women who lived behind the scenes of the Greek army camp—concubines, nurses, prostitutes, the women who lay out the dead—as gods and mortals spar, and as a legendary war hurtles toward its inevitable conclusion. Brilliantly written, filled with moments of terror and beauty, The Silence of the Girls gives voice to an extraordinary woman—and makes an ancient story new again. A Washington Post Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, The Economist, Financial Times  Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Awar

Haruki Murakami | Kafka on the Shore

Blurb: Kafka on the Shore , a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an ageing simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbours soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle—yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are graduall

Book | Life After The Floods

Book Name: Life After The Floods Author: Anu Lal Blurb:  A devastating flood drowned three-quarters of the state of Kerala in South India, in 2018. The cause of the flood is still a topic of debate. Excessive rainfall is said to be its one cause. However, is there yet another astoundingly erroneous human intervention that perhaps doubled the impact of the floods? These essays were born during the time of the flood. The intention of these essays is to support those who seek answers after enduring the challenge of survival. As an artistic observation of the traumatic events, these essays are the first of its nature to offer an in-depth and panoramic view of the Kerala floods and its causes. These essays list out the possible questions too that could be researched further for a better understanding of the nature of similar events. The book has 9 essays in two parts. The first part consists of four essays on Kerala floods. The second part titled " the coconut country" h


Storyline :   The theme of this book revolves around the eradication of perennial social problems and evils that have increased substantially in India. Social evils like rape, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and drugs are on an all-time high level yet no one is bothered about solving these problems from the roots. Ragging is schools and colleges and lack of proper educational facilities have also been given a serious thought in the book. The feelings and the troubles of the victims and their families are clearly and extensively discussed in the book. Various solutions have been suggested. The storyline was at times slow-paced and lost its taste but overall the experience was good. All the details regarding the crimes have been clearly stated with little to no errors. After-thoughts on the book :   The book is a must-read by all adults and teens who need to be educated about the social-evils in the correct way. According to a study, by 2030 the number of people addicted