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Musings of a Book Addict

I'm married to a scavenger of sorts and he often totes home rescued boxes of books that I paw through with shiny, hungry eyes. I pull out the odd and interesting and add them to my teetering stack.

Currently reading

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
E.B. White: A Biography
Scott Elledge
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie
There Is Nothing Wrong with You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
Cheri Huber, June Shiver
Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thích Nhất Hạnh
No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain
The Snare of the Hunter
Helen MacInnes
Paintings of Henry Miller
Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell
Dreamways of the Iroquois: Honoring the Secret Wishes of the Soul
Robert Moss
Pentimento (Back Bay Books)
Lillian Hellman

My Half of the Sky

My Half of the Sky - Jana McBurney-Lin This was really tough to read after reading Aya Goda's Tao On the Road and on the Run in Outlaw China, and I'll be the first to admit that my rating may be so low because of simple bad placement in my reading line-up. In Goda's book, the author is truly a wild and free spirit in a country that oppresses her. She does cling to men to find her way, but she does find her true path. In this book, the heroine is a "traditional" Chinese woman, struggling with her culture and the inherent oppression in it, but never really finding her true, authentic path. Going on her journey through 500 pages of dodging and weaving men and their expectations of her, I was exhausted by the end and the final pages that "wrap it up?" Disappointing to say the LEAST! I also always feel a little unsure about white people writing as another ethnicity, even though the author obviously has a lot of experience living in Shanghai and China - still, is this really her story to tell?