Thursday, August 28, 2008


I abandoned my brand new blog due to many strange and unavoidable circumstances:

1. I had an opportunity to go to Canada on the spur of the moment to visit with a friend from England that I haven't seen in seventeen years. It was a fantastic reunion! We were in the small Canadian town where we went to college. Nothing like old friends and old places to bring memories flooding back.

2. My best friend suffered the death of a close family member and needed much support and time. I was glad to be able to help in any small way.

3. My boyfriend's mother visited from Florida prompting a flurry of housecleaning and nail biting. This was her first visit to our home. Thankfully, she was warm and pleasant, although a bit overwhelmed by all the books!

I hope to return to the book talk in the next day or two. I've been reading and purchasing books at an unprecedented rate. Can't wait to share!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

I finished Unaccustomed Earth and had to quickly return it to the library before the fines went through the roof. Prior to reading this, I wondered if Ms. Lahiri would be able to return to the themes used in her previous books of immigrants, expatriates and first generation Americans and keep them fresh and interesting. The mystery is over. Unaccustomed Earth continues to explore nuances of the familiar themes and, as usual, I was captivated. I think that in Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri manages to expand on the themes done so brilliantly in the Pulitzer Prize winning, Interpreter of Maladies. I was again transported into the world of those who do not quite fit in. I raced through this book, partially because I couldn't stand to stop reading in the middle of any of the stories. I needed to know how the tiny domestic details would build into the whole of the story. I look forward to purchasing and reading this again, more carefully this time, in order to savour the beautiful prose. Highly recommended.