Posts under ‘2009’

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Five words from the blurb: doctor, Haiti, difference, global, disease Mountains Beyond Mountains is a book that demands discussion. It is a perfect book club choice, especially for those looking to branch into non-fiction for the first time. The book is a biography of Paul Farmer, an American doctor who has done an incredible amount […]

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: ordinary, German, postcards, attacking, Hitler Alone in Berlin begins in 1940 with a couple discovering that their only son has been killed fighting in France. Devastated by the news, the couple decide to drop postcards which attack Hitler across the city. This act […]

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Five words from the blurb: mother, love, stranger, secret, betrayal Labor Day is set in a small American town and begins with thirteen-year-old Harry and his divorced mother looking after an injured stranger. They quickly realise that this man is an escaped prisoner, but he charms them so they agree to hide him from the […]

Wetlands by Charlotte Roache

 Translated from the German by Tim Mohr Five words from the blurb: intimate, body, provocative, taboo, hygiene Wetlands is a provocative book that investigates all aspects of female hygiene. It contains graphic descriptions of bodily functions, including detailed descriptions of vaginal discharge and the after effects of rectal surgery. The central character is Helen, an […]

The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon

Five words from the blurb: depression, research, history, society, recovery Earlier this year I read Far From the Tree, an outstanding book that made me look at the world in a new light. Keen to repeat the experience I found Andrew Solomon’s earlier book, The Noonday Demon, and am pleased to report that it is […]

Jerusalem by Gonçalo Tavares

Translated from the Portugese by Anna Kushner Five words from the blurb: lonely, together, pain, human, impulses I hadn’t heard of Tavares until Stu listed him as one of the best writers alive today. I decided to investigate and discovered that Saramago, one of my favourite authors, was also a fan, saying: Tavares has no right […]