The Books of Jacob is a superb masterpiece. In my humble, layperson’s opinion, the book is in the same class as Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
This was a very enjoyable yarn, convincing and lovely. A good story, with a bunch of pop-culture references, just enough tech-talk to make sense
The research the author did shine, and I’ve learned several things about Latvia, the region, the way Latvian Jews viewed the Soviets, and a bit of history
I enjoyed reading about life in Jordan, the country always fascinated me with its culture and history. From legends about Petra, stories of King Hussain
Nine Tenth of the Law by Claudia Hagadus Long, while certainly dealing with serious issues, comes across as light hearted, with poignant and clever observations
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa is a short fable, a feel-good story which was a nice read during this time of year
The book centers around the Korean diaspora in Japan. They are considered second class citizens, but do not see themselves as victims
While the story is also about the coming of age, it is also a touching testament to the early immigrant spirit and the hardships of life
Decades after being liberated, the world treats the survivors differently. The perspective is not only that of the survivors themselves, but also of society
“Stalina” by Emily Rubin is the fictional story of a Russian immigrant to the United States. The story takes place after the fall of the Soviet Union.