A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata

It’s 1975, and Y’Tin Eban, a thirteen year old Rhade boy living in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, is the youngest elephant keeper ever in his village. He plans someday to open the first elephant-training school in Vietnam. He has promised his elephant, Lady, that he will care for her all her life and […]


BBAW Interview Swap

Posted by Sherry on 9/14/2010 in Blogamundi (Links), General, India, Pakistan/Afghanistan, Southeast Asia |

Swapna Krishna of S. Krishna’s Books is a 20-something reader and book blogger from Washington, D.C. Since she’s about the age of my Eldest Daughter, it was a blast to swap interviews with her for Book Blogger Appreciation Week and get some reading recommendations from the younger generation. We don’t know each other at all, […]


Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Posted by Sherry on 8/4/2010 in Around the World, General, Southeast Asia, Young Adult Fiction |

I was once a pacifist. When I was in high school I seriously considered becoming a Quaker or Mennonite because I read that those Christian denominations have a history and tradition of pacifism. One small glitch was that there weren’t too many Quakers or Mennonites in San Angelo (West Texas) to encourage me in my […]


Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong

Ms. Manivong says that this fictional account of a Laotian family trapped in a refugee camp in Thailand after escaping from the Communist Pathet Lao regime in their native country is based on the true story of her husband and his family. “My husband, Troy Anousone Manivong, spent eight months in Na Pho refugee camp […]


Reading Through Asia: Vietnam

Posted by Sherry on 8/12/2009 in Around the World, General, Nonfiction, Southeast Asia |

Hitchhiking Vietnam: A Woman’s Solo Journey in an Elusive Land by Karin Muller. Globe Pequot Press, 1998. I enjoyed reading this memoir/travelogue of an American woman who spent seven months in post-war Vietnam, traveling by bus, motorcycle, bicycle and on foot from the Mekong Delta to the northern border with China and along the Ho […]


Reading Through Asia: Cambodia

First I read When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him. This harrowing and honest memoir of young girl growing up in Khmer Rouge-ruled Kampuchea was my introduction to the literature of the Cambodian Holocaust. I’ve never seen the movie that everybody seems to reference when talking about the horror that was Pol Pot’s Kampuchea because […]


Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

Posted by Sherry on 8/4/2009 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, General, Southeast Asia |

I read this 2007 National Book Award finalist because Mindy Withrow said it was good. She was right. End of review. Read it. ***************** Just kidding. But you really should read the book before you read my thoughts about the book because there are many, many things to discuss here. But you should come to […]


Reading Through Southeast Asia

Posted by Sherry on 6/22/2009 in Around the World, General, Southeast Asia |

Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray is sponsoring another One Shot World Tour on August 12th. The idea is to read and review on that date one book –any reading level–either written by an author from that region or set in that part of the world. For the purposes of this tour, Southeast Asia consists of […]

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