Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2018
Publisher: Soho Press
Genre: Mystery, Historical, India
Hardback: 385
Rating: 5

Perveen Mistry series:
The Widows of Malabar Hill
A Murder on Malabar Hill

First sentence(s):
On the morning Perveen saw the stranger, they’d almost collided.

Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights.

Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen goes through the papers, she notices something strange: all three have signed over their inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forefeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious.

The Farid widows live in purdah: strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. It's her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that nobody is in further danger.

My two-bits:

Got a sense of Parsi culture especially the situation with women who are secluded and not. Also, a look at some of laws in India of the times as the protagonist is a lawyer.

Flickers of feminism are present.


* part of Books, Inc. Foreign Intrigue Book Club (here)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Blog All About It: Luck

Lucky to get a hopeful fortune after experiencing a recent string of bad luck.


Hardboiled & Hard Luck
by Banana Yoshimoto
translated by Michael Emmerich
-Short stories, Japan | Goodreads

Something luck related from one of my favorite authors.


Just My Luck
Director: Donald Petrie
Screenplay: I. Marlene King, Amy Harris
Story by: Jonathan Bernstein, Mark Blackwell, James Greer, I. Marlene King
Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine
-Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | imdb

Looks like a cute one with a young Lindsay and Chris.


* part of the Blog All About It Challenge (here)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy St. Patrick's Day with Sarah David-Goff and Anne Griffin

CELEBRATE today with Irish authors!

Last Ones Left Alive
by Sarah Davis-Goff
-Dystopia, Ireland | Goodreads
Release date: August 27, 2019

Remember your just-in-cases. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.

Raised in isolation by her mother and Maeve on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen’s life has revolved around training to fight a threat she’s never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors.

But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.

Then disaster strikes. Alone, pushing an unconscious Maeve in a wheelbarrow, Orpen decides her last hope is abandoning the safety of the island and journeying across the country to reach the legendary banshees, the rumored all-female fighting force that battles the skrake.

But the skrake are not the only threat…

Sarah Davis-Goff's Last Ones Left Alive is a brilliantly original imagining of a young woman's journey to discover her true identity.


When All Is Said
by Anne Griffin
-Literary, Ireland | Goodreads
Release date: March 5, 2019

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said?

At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He’s alone, as usual ­- though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story.

Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerful and poignantly laid bare.

Beautifully heart-warming and powerfully felt, the voice of Maurice Hannigan will stay with you long after all is said and done.


* found these authors amongst The Irish Times The debut books and authors to look out for in 2019 article (here)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Lovely Books and Things - 3.16.19

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Sunny, clear and warm spring day

2. Replacing the winter scarves with the spring scarves

3. Monday night chorus rehearsals for a Spring performance of Carmina Burana at the Herbst Theatre



Last Lover
by Can Xue
translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen
-Literary, China | Goodreads

HIGHLY recommended by Helen Oyeyemi who described it with excited passion.

Author event:

Green Apple Books on the Park, hosted a reading and Q&A with Helen Oyeyemi including a gingerbread treat to celebrate the release of Gingerbread. It was fun to learn that part of the inspiration for the story was from passing a gingerbread shop on a street while walking up to Prague castle (details).

by Helen Oyeyemi
-Literary, Magical Realism | Goodreads

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can--beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there's the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it's very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee's early youth. In fact, the world's truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet's charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval--a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother's long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet's story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value. Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi's inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.

AND watched: in theatre

Captain Marvel (2019)
Director/Screenplay/Story by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenplay/Story by: Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Story by: Nicole Perlman, Meg LeFauve
Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
-Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero | imdb | my rating: 4

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

OH, cool - an origin story of both Captain Marvel and Avengers.

AND watched: on DVD - nominated for the Oscar's 2019

Christopher Robin (2018)
Director: Marc Forster
Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, Allison Schroeder
Story by: Greg Brooker, Mark Steven Johnson
Based on characters by: A.A. Milne, E.H. Shepard
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
-Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 4

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

DELIGHTFUL portrayal of Pooh and his buddies.


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Calypso by David Sedaris

by David Sedaris

Find out more about this book and author:

Published: 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: Essays, Humor
Hardback: 272
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Though there’s an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age.

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you’ve ever laughed your way through David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting with Calypso. You’d be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it’s impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet–and it just might be his very best.

My two-bits:

I found that I knew most of these stories already from attending David's guest appearances while on tour. However, the stories were just as enjoyable to encounter again.


* Listened to audiobook version.

* part of Backlist Reader Challenge (here)
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