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When I told a nun friend that I was leaving the convent- back in 1967- she said to me,”I wish I could do that. It’s just too scary to try to make a life on my own at my age.” … Continue reading

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Chimamanda Nkosi Adichie wrote a novel about Nigeria and Biafra, Half a Yellow Sun, which I found compelling and revealing, about how the Biafran War felt from inside that torn country. Now she writes about two Nigerians who emigrate, one … Continue reading

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Children’s needs

I just read two utterly different books about children. One a collection of memories, and the other a satirical novel. Carried in our hearts, by Jane Aronson, a pediatrician specializing in internationally adopted children, is a compilation of accounts by … Continue reading

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Warriors and immigrants

When I moved from the UK to California I experienced a bit of culture shock. The language was the same, but I had to learn to drive and ride on the right. I had to read labels in the supermarket … Continue reading

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“Where butchers sing like angels.”

The title of this book put me off. The Master Butchers Singing Club? It doesn’t quite have the whimsy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, does it? And I’m a vegetarian! I’m also a pacifist, which turned out to … Continue reading

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Infidel :Moslem women

Ayaan Mirsad Ali is a name I remember from political news. She was a member of the Dutch parliament and a colleague of  Theo van Gogh, who was assassinated because of a joint project they had worked on, about women’s … Continue reading

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Uprooted and unwanted

The Settler’s Cookbook, by Yasmin Alibhai Brown, is the story of the thousands of Ugandan Asians who had to leave their homes in the era of Idi Amin, woven together with the life story of this one individual, and her … Continue reading

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