Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]


Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

Posted by Sherry on 4/21/2015 in 2015, Children's Fiction, General, India |

Set on an island in the Sunderbans (islands) of West Bengal, Tiger Boy is a story about a disobedient and somewhat lazy boy who nevertheless does the right thing and inspires his father to choose right and justice over the desire to see his family prosper. I had some hesitations about the plot of the […]


Exploring the World in Books

Posted by Sherry on 3/9/2015 in Africa, Antarctica, Around the World, China, England, General, India, Israel, South Africa |

I am taking a blog break for Lent, but I thought I’d share some of my old posts from years gone by. I’ve been blogging at Semicolon since October, 2003, more than eleven years. This post is copied and edited from February 28, 2005: Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, And hope without […]


I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Posted by Sherry on 1/19/2013 in Adult Fiction, Africa, Around the World, Community, General, India, Nigeria, Nonfiction |

As the opara (eldest son) of the family, Kingsley O. Ibe has certain responsibilities: he must make his parents proud, study hard, and become a great man. But times are hard in Nigeria and in spite of Kingsley’s degree in chemical engineering, he cannot find a job. In spite of Kingsley’s father’s great knowledge, hard […]


The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

Not exactly my kind of book. The Savage Fortress was inspired, writes the author, “by the real Savage Fortress–a maharajah’s palace near Varanasi, India–as well as his life long fascination with the goddess Kali.” So, this Hindu goddess: And this rather medieval looking maharajah’s palace: And the tag line is: Heroes aren’t made. They’re reborn. […]


One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

Posted by Sherry on 1/13/2012 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, General, India |

In addition to The Canterbury Tales (which appears in my novel) and Wuthering Heights, I was drawing on works such as The Decameron, The Arabian Nights, and the Indian Wise-Animal tales, The Panchatantra. Just before beginning my book, I reread Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto because I really liked the feel of that novel. ~Chitra Divakaruni […]


Saraswati’s Way by Monika Schroder

Posted by Sherry on 12/21/2011 in 2011, Around the World, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, General, India |

Twelve year old Akash sees patterns of numbers in his head. The village math teacher can only take him so far in math, bu he puts an idea in Akash’s mind of winning a scholarship to a school in the city. So Akash prays to Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom, to make a […]


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, […]


Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden

Posted by Sherry on 5/12/2010 in Adult Fiction, Around the World, General, India |

A coterie of Anglican nuns comes to a remote Himalayan village to establish a convent, school, and hospital for the improvement and benefit of the natives. Instead of making any impression at all on the villagers, the nuns themselves are changed and brought to confront their deepest fears, desires, and inadequacies. Simple enough to summarize, […]


Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

I had been saving the ARC I received of Mitali Perkins’ new YA novel Secret Keeper for a treat and because I thought that a review closer to the time of publication would be more helpful to readers. In December I succumbed, and read it. Such a powerful story! It’s something of a romance, and […]

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