Category Archives: nonfiction

Review: Leaving India by Minal Hajratwala

At first glance, Minal Hajratwala’s Leaving India seems like your standard memoir about a family immigrating from India to the US.  It’s anything but.  Hajratwala weaves a fascinating and true story of her family-extended and immediate-and how over a few … Continue reading

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Review: Seizing the Enigma by David Kahn

From page 2: This was the battle of the Atlantic, the only battle in World War II that lasted from the first day of that war to the last. David Kahn’s Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German … Continue reading

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Review: The Pope’s Daughter by Caroline P. Murphy

In The Pope’s Daugther: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere, Caroline P. Murphy brings to life a woman who lived during the Italian Renaissance.  Daughter of Pope Julius II, Felice lived most of her life in Rome and its … Continue reading

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Review: Molière by Christophe Mory

I had to read this biography of the life of the French playwrite Molière for my Molière class this past semester.  It was very interesting, but not really an actually biography.  As my teacher put it, it’s “la biographie mythologique” … Continue reading

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Review: The Artificial River by Carol Sheriff

I don’t review many non-fiction books, mainly because they are usually being read for school and I get really sick of whatever it is I usually have to read for school.  But I had to read The Artificial River: The … Continue reading

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Review: How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator

I don’t usually read self-help or how-to books.  However, I made an exception for Corinne McKay’s book How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator.  I follow McKay’s blog, Thoughts on Translation, and found her first through her website, Translate Write, … Continue reading

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Review: Keep the Change by Steve Dublanica

When I got Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity in the mail, I was a bit clueless myself as to why I requested it from the publisher.  Then I remembered.  The night … Continue reading

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Review: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

What compells a man to steal rare books worth thousands of dollars, even after he’s served jail time for that specific crime?  It’s that question that author Allison Hoover Bartlett asks herself repeatedly throughout this book. The Man Who Loved … Continue reading

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