Sometime during my childhood, I learned that Heaven was under the feet of my mother. I was probably sitting in Sunday School, resenting that I was there instead of sleeping in, wishing to be anywhere else. What did it mean, that Heaven was beneath her feet? Was it a mobile place? Did I have to lift her … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin
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In India, the word “Maoist” is thrown around like “terrorist” in America. Anyone who fits the profile–physical, geographic, socioeconomic–falls into the Maoist bucket, just another drop in the undercurrent of revolution flowing through the subcontinent. While some Americans peg people as terrorists for their looks and supposed faith, many Indians imagine that anyone who … Continue reading In which I don’t like a book by one of the most respected Indian writers of our time.
Books about beauty tend to suffer from a certain level of hokeyness that comes with reassuring readers that it’s okay to care enough about their appearance to read an entire volume on it. On top of that, books that push a certain beauty philosophy risk traipsing into marketing territory. Kristen Ma’s “Beauty Pure and Simple” … Continue reading This beauty book will answer your skeptical questions about natural skincare.
With people fighting to earn Foursquare badges by checking in to their apartment buildings and other mundane locations every day, it’s hard to remember that we do not live in a video game where our sole purpose is to make it to the next level. In a whimsical and truly playful turn, Salman Rushdie stabs … Continue reading Enchantment I haven’t experienced since Harry Potter.
If anyone were ever an armchair adventurer, it would not be me. My favorite books are emotional and psychological. I like to read about feelings. But despite that, I loved “The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2.” For all its action and adventure, it was the psychological … Continue reading Kick back with a cold drink and read this one.