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I feel this month is a little deflated, since I couldn’t help starting too many things and am currently half way through four different books. I guess that means that April will be a more substantial month.
From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet Besides just being an awesome read, the cool thing about this book was that it has been passed around between over a half dozen teachers that have come and gone at my school. It is a well-worn, taped-up copy of one of the best travel narratives I’ve ever read. Seth is attending college in China when he, on a whim, decides to hitchhike across the country and go home through Nepal instead of flying. With really clear writing, a great sense of humor, and more than a touch of the unknown, you get to travel with him on foot, and without the proper papers.
The Mapmaker’s Opera Gorgeous cover. Not a whole lot going on in between.
Jantsen’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace
I loved this book. A woman falls into a serious depression after her son dies of an undiagnosed heart disease. She pulls herself up and goes with a friend on a mission trip to Vietnam. While there, she and her husband decide to adopt a boy that no one else will take care of, against everyone else’s better judgement.. That starts a chain reaction where they start a non-profit to rescue orphans and children sold into slavery. Just read it. It’s good.
Say You’re One of Them
We read this for bookleaves Seoul bookclub this month. The part that makes it so hard to read is that you are brought along with the children’s innocence. You see through their eyes what the things about to happen to them look like, and yet everyone is powerless to stop the motion, most of all the kids. It is a really sad collection of short stories.
Take It Personally: How to Make Conscious Choices to Change the World This was really, really interesting. Anita Roddick, the founder of the Body Shop, edited a great set of essays from people all over the world talking about globalization and the homogenization of the planet. It lays out some examples of places where globalization is really hurting people more than helping, and some practical places to to take action.
Only six books. That’s pathetic. I must remedy this next month. I thought maybe I would hit two hundred this year, but not like this.
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