REVIEW: Untold Night and Day – Bae Suah

Bae Suah's Untold Night and Day is a hard book to read, and perhaps even harder to write about. It's hard not in terms of subject but structurally - because by its very essence, it's not a story in the singular nor is it linearly told. Instead, as the translator Deborah Smith puts it, the … Continue reading REVIEW: Untold Night and Day – Bae Suah

Nature Sciences, Gothic Mysteries, and Tree Growth | The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

On my quest to read my own damn books (a.k.a. the books I own and keep ignoring for any other book coming my way) I decided to give The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge a listen through the audiobook, narrated by Emilia Fox. It was a great decision, if I do say so myself. The … Continue reading Nature Sciences, Gothic Mysteries, and Tree Growth | The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge

Japan as seen from the Margins | Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

Yu Miri's Tokyo Ueno Station brings attention to a Japan rarely seen in the English-speaking world - the country as seen from the margins. The novel follows a homeless narrator chronicling his life from the early 1930s living in Fukushima, moving to Tokyo for work in the 1960s, moving back to the countryside and later … Continue reading Japan as seen from the Margins | Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

The Earth is Brimming with Life | Entangled Life – Merlin Sheldrake

As soon as I started reading Entangled Life I found myself nodding along to the author's clear fascination, awe and passion for fungi. While fungi have long been overlooked in scientific circles, it's increasingly clear that they provide crucial clues to the ways of the natural world from the partnerships with plants to their abilities … Continue reading The Earth is Brimming with Life | Entangled Life – Merlin Sheldrake

Seaming The Pieces of a Life | Patch Work by Claire Wilcox

The genre of memoir continues to surprise most recently for me with Claire Wilcox's Patch Work. The subtitle for the book is "A Life Amongst Clothes" which in a sense is accurate given how many years Wilcox has worked as a museum curator, handling aging pieces of clothing and dealing with fashion history on a … Continue reading Seaming The Pieces of a Life | Patch Work by Claire Wilcox