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T5W: Classes based on Books ~ A Back to School Special

  1.  Ultra Running: Why and How To:  Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  2. Feminism  for Everyone:  We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
  3. Waitressing 101:  Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  4. Preparing for Your After-Death  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  5. How to Avoid Being Social  at Your Child’s School:   Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Temple

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group hosted by Lainey and Samantha.  If you are interested in learning more, click here.  This week, being back to school week, is themed as such.  All of the above are classes that could be based off the books to follow.  Would you want to take any of these classes?  Did you make a list today?  If so, please share!

T5W: 5 Novels Set Outside the Western World

  1.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – This epic novel spans three decades beginning in 1922 in Moscow, Russia.  Count Rostov is under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel.  He has a great many friends and acquaintances through whom the reader learns of what is happening outside the hotel walls.  My Review.
  2. The Temporary Bride by Jennifer Clinic – This is a travel/food/love memoir written by a woman who quit her corporate job to pursue her passion for cooking authentic dishes indigenous to various different regions.  She travels to Iran in hopes of working in various kitchens and learning the secrets to their special dishes.  My Review.
  3. Things We Lost in the Fire:  Stories by Mariana Enriquez – This is a collection of stories that take place in various different places within Argentina.  These horror stories highlight the brutalities from the Dirty War that lurk just beneath the surface of everyday life.  My Review.

4.  The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan – This novel is written from alternating perspectives.  Set in India, it shows the mindset and emotional condition of both the bombers (the terrorists) and the bombed (both surviving victims and the families of the deceased).  It shows the futility of these small bombs in effecting change.  It also shows the futility of the families in effecting any action against the bombers.  My Review.

5.  Born a Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah  – This is Trevor Noah’s memoir written as a collection of essays about his experiences growing up in South Africa, son of a black woman and white man under Apartheid – a literal crime.   Full of humor, love and grit, it is an amazing book.  My Review.

 

This is my second T5W post.  If you are interested in learning more about this Goodreads group, click here.  This week’s topic was Books that are set outside of the Western World.  In choosing which books to post, I chose geographically diverse regions and limited myself to books I’ve read within the past year.  How does one define the Western World, you might ask.  The scope of the Western World varies greatly depending on what criteria one uses to define it.  It has been defined on the basis of politics, economics, culture, spiritual beliefs and history.  I decided to go with the following modern-day definition (by way of map).