Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Story behind, “My Father, My Monster” by McIntosh Polela

June 19, 2012

The life and humanity behind the name

Business Day
19 Jun 2012

THE life of McIntosh Polela can be summed up in two words: the ones that make up his name. Behind them lie the cruelty and abuse of a childhood he was determined to survive. He was not born with his name. He created it, and therein lies his story as…read more…

“I Am Forbidden” by Author Anouk Markovits

June 18, 2012

‘Thou Shalt Have No Other Books Before Me’
REVIEWED BY A. J. LEVIN A. J. Levin spent the mid-1980s avoiding classes in a Hasidic school in Montreal, instead bicycling and reading in public libraries. He is the author of Monks’ Fruit.
The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition)
18 Jun 2012

I Am Forbidden By Anouk Markovits Bond Street Books, 320 pages, $25 My great-grandfather was headed for life as a rabbi until he started disbelieving. He’d only learned Hebrew writing in school, but taught himself to read the languages he actually…read more…

“Burying the Typewriter” by Author Carman Bugan

June 16, 2012

‘It felt like he sacrificed us’

16 Jun 2012

In 1983, Carmen Bugan’s father, Ion, put on his best dark suit and drove to Bucharest to radically change his family’s life for the worse. He stopped his red Dacia car on a rush-hour street and mounted banners on the roof. “Criminal, we don’t want you…read more…

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“Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden”

June 16, 2012

Like a polished diamond

16 Jun 2012

The first time the artist and writer Rachel Lichtenstein visited Hatton Garden, she was attacked by a dog. She was 10 years old; her father, a dealer in antique jewellery, was conducting a deal with one of the many traders whose premises line this…read more…

Review of “The Brain Book”

June 12, 2012

A book for young brains

The Straits Times
13 Jun 2012

HIGH school students have written a book about the brain that aims to give their peers food for thought. About 30 youngsters in Singapore worked on the project, with the help of postgraduate mentors. Called The Brain Book, the 65-page primer answers…read more…

Author Buzz Bissinger

May 23, 2012

Author’s insecurities extend to special son
By Dwight Garner
The Columbus Dispatch
23 May 2012

The first Buzz Bissinger book — Friday Night Lights (1990), about high-school football in Odessa, Texas — became a best-seller and an acknowledged classic of American sports writing. It became a pretty good movie starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim…read more…

“Our Pictures, Our Words

May 12, 2012

The Visuals are the Heroines
The Indian Express
12 May 2012

T“…cupboards and trunks and bed boxes — all the places where women store things…” HOSE are the places where Zubaan, the feminist publishing house, entreated women’s groups and individuals involved in the movement to search, when it embarked upon the…read more…

“Em and The Big Hoom” by Jerry Pinto

May 12, 2012

Insanely Good
The Indian Express
12 May 2012

Oand The Big Hoom, Em, the mother, tells her narratorson: “We’ll never make it to a heartrending story you can read on your summer vacation.” I had, in fact, planned to do just that — read it sometime mid-june during a vacation. A little put off by the…read more…

Review of “Life Unplugged”

May 10, 2012

Quick-fix writer
Social entrepreneurship is close to Bhavya Sharma’s heart. Rajkumari Tankha SUNIL GHOSH / HT PHOTO
Hindustan Times (Delhi)
10 May 2012

His eyes are set on the sky but his feet are firmly planted on the ground. Gamma-2, Greater Noida resident Bhavya Sharma has come out with his maiden book, Life Unplugged. The novel, that was released last year, has already become a hit with the young…read more…

Kathy Lette, author of The Boy Who Fell to Earth, Puberty Blues, How to Kill Your Husband and many more, answers Five Facetious Questions

May 10, 2012

Kathy Lette, author of The Boy Who Fell to Earth, Puberty Blues, How to Kill Your Husband and many more, answers Five Facetious Questions.