Book Review # 107: 99 Nights in Logar

Book Specs Author: Jamil Jan Kochai Publisher: Viking Publishing Date: January 2019 Number of Pages: 275 pages Genre: Bildungsroman Synopsis Twelve-year-old Marwand’s memories from his previous visit to Afghanistan six years ago center on his contentious relationship with Budabash, the terrifying but beloved dog who guards his extended family’s compound in the rural village of […]

Book Review # 106: Snow Falling on Cedars

Book Specs Author: David Guterson Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries Publishing Date: October 1995 Number of Pages: 460 Genre: Legal Story, Fiction, Novel Synopsis San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, […]

Book Review # 105: Middlemarch

Book Specs Author: George Eliot Publisher: Everyman Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages:  747 Genre: Novel, Bildungsroman, Realism, Classic Synopsis Subtitled ‘A Study of Provincial Life’, George Eliot’s greatest novel is a tale of many marriages centering on the town of Middlemarch. A complex web, Middlemarch society is woven of myriad lives: the ardent idealist Dorothea […]

Book Review # 104: The Fountainhead

Book Specs Author: Ayn Rand Publisher: Signet Book Publishing Date: 1943 Number of Pages: 687 pages Genre: Romance, Philosophical Synopsis This is the story of an intransigent young architect, of his violent battle against the world’s standards and conventions and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who loved him passionately yet struggled to […]

Book Review # 103: The House of Broken Angels

Book Specs Author: Luis Alberto Urrea Publisher: Little Brown and Company Publishing Date: March 2018 Number of Pages: 326 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction, Hispanic Fiction Synopsis In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But […]

Travel Portfolio # 2: 2018 Local Travels in Pictures

January is about to end but here I am, still scrambling to complete these pieces pertaining to the previous year. As part of my 2018 throwback, I have rounded up some of the most memorable pictures of my local travels. 2018 wasn’t as productive, travel-wise, compared to previous years but still I had fun. Here […]