Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dear Great Book Guru,  Throughout this surrealistic week, one of my main sources of comfort was- you guessed it- reading.  I had just gotten a copy of the book you  recommended the week before: HOW TO BE A WOMAN. It was so good to laugh, think, ponder  about something other than the cold and darkness.  Well, now I am ready for another good book to get me through the psychic aftermath of the storm.  Any suggestions?      Harried by the Hurricane

Dear Hurricane Harried,   Many people told me that, like you, they were reading HOW TO BE A WOMAN  last week and  that it prompted spirited discussion.  We have Gillian DiPietro to thank for that suggestion and, yes, I have a good book to recommend for this upcoming week: THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Fris, two Danish women writing together for the first time. Their heroine is Nina Borg,  a Red Cross nurse who has worked in  many war torn areas of the world but , as the book opens, has just returned to her husband and children in orderly, civilized,  peaceful Denmark. She quickly finds herself embroiled in a crime of astonishing cruelty because Nina's Denmark turns out to have an underbelly of corruption with widespread mistreatment of  immigrant women  and  children.   In short biographical  chapters, the authors introduce us to characters that seem to have nothing to do with one another until gradually we see the links that bind them together. From Lithuania to Denmark to Somalia, we meet women of all ages and classes, fighting oppression - all involved in a fascinating mystery which keeps the reader's attention throughout. Highly recommended!

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