Book | The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Art of Fielding

I know nothing about baseball. Nothing. For this book I had to look up what a shortstop is, how many bases there are and why the field is called a diamond. Well, they say there is a first time for everything.

Despite my ignorance I spent many happy hours working my way through the dozens of games Henry Skrimshander and his teammates play. Why? Because of the parts in between. Continue reading “Book | The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach”

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February Reads

I read seven books in February, hurray! I know there are many book bloggers out there who manage more than this, but for me it is quite a lot so I’m happy about it :). I will probably never get round to writing a full review for each of them (see my previous post) so I figured I would write some short paragraphs to recap what I’ve read this month. Depending on how many books I read next month I might do another one of these or play around with the format a bit, we’ll see… Continue reading “February Reads”

Book | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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This summer I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours; I absolutely loved it (read my review here). Made enthusiastic to read more of her work, I recently read the novel Boy, Snow, Bird. My final judgement? Hmm.

*warning – this review contains minor spoilers*

The story begins as Boy Novak runs away from her father’s horrible apartment full of the rats he catches for a living. She moves to a small town in Massachusetts and slowly begins to build a life for herself there, bouncing from one job to another and meeting some interesting characters along the way. The central topic of the novel isn’t revealed until she has married a widower and given birth to their dark-skinned daughter, Bird, almost halfway into the book. From that point onward the work tells a story of racism and families pretending to be something they are not in order to fit in. Continue reading “Book | Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi”

Book | The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak

One rainy afternoon in Istanbul, a nineteen-year-old, unmarried woman walks into a doctor’s surgery. ‘I need to have an abortion,’ she announces.

Twenty years later, Asya Kazanci lives with her extended family in Istanbul. All the Kazanci men die in their early forties, victims of the mysterious family curse, so it is a house of women. Among them are Asya’s beautiful, rebellious mother, her clairvoyant aunt and their hopelessly hypochondriac sister. Into the midsts of this madhouse comes Asya’s feisty American cousin, and she’s bringing long-hidden family secrets connected with Turkey’s turbulent past in her wake… Continue reading “Book | The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak”