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review 2018-07-18 23:24
The Leavers: A Novel - Lisa Ko
The story of Deming and his mother.  The story is told from both points of view, past and present, alone then together.
I did not care for any of the characters.  Deming as a child is great but as an adult, as Daniel, he is a jerk.  His adoptive parents are also jerks.  I felt bad for Polly, his mother, but she did not have her act together either.  Had I not read this for book club I would probably never picked it up.  The story was interesting enough but I never developed any empathy for the characters.
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review 2018-05-08 14:51
[Kurz-Rezension] Shilpi Somaya Gowda - Geheime Tochter
Geheime Tochter - Shilpi Somaya Gowda,Ulrike Wasel,Klaus Timmermann

Somers Leben ist genauso, wie sie es sich immer vorgestellt hat. Frisch verheiratet, mit einem neuen Job als Ärztin in San Francisco. Doch dann stellt sie fest, dass sie keine Kinder bekommen kann.Zur gleichen Zeit wird in einem abgelegenen indischen Dorf ein Mädchen geboren. Kavita, die Mutter, erkennt, dass sie das Leben ihrer Tochter nur retten kann, wenn sie sie weggibt. Als Somer und ihr Ehemann ein Foto des Mädchens in einem Waisenhaus in Mumbai sehen, entscheiden sie sich für eine Adoption. Somer ahnt, dass dieser Weg nicht leicht wird. Aber sie hofft, dass Liebe alle Probleme lösen kann.
Shilpi Somaya Gowdas Debüt war in den USA und Kanada ein Sensationserfolg – es stand über viele Monate auf Platz eins der Bestsellerlisten. Der große Roman über eine Suche nach den Wurzeln und nach dem, was das Leben ausmacht, bewegt inzwischen Leserinnen auf der ganzen Welt.


Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
Verlag: KiWi-Taschenbuch (16. August 2012)
Sprache: Deutsch
ISBN-10: 3462044451
ISBN-13: 978-3462044454
Originaltitel: Secret Daughter
Größe: 13 x 2,8 x 19,9 cm


Somer und Krishnan, die in San Francisco leben und an sich glücklich sind, aber keine Kinder bekommen können und Jasu und Kavita, die zwar Kinder bekommen können, aber in ihrem Leben in Indien keine Möglichkeit haben, die Mitgift für das Mädchen aufzubringen, zudem kommt noch dazu, dass Töchter in den Dorf als Unglücksbringer gelten, sind zwei Familie aus komplett unterschiedlichen Lebenswelten, aber die Geburt von Usha verbindet die Familie auf eine emotionale Weise. Denn während Somer auf Wolke Sieben mit ihrem Kind schwebt, ist Kavita in tiefer Trauer um ihre Tochter...
Shilpi Somaya Gowda gewöhrt zu Beginn des Buches erstmal einen Einblick in das Leben in Indien - und das ist bei weiten nicht alles Bollywood, wie man gerne in den Filmen zeigt. Die Realität ist hart und schonungslos und das Leben ist nicht leicht und so müssen manchmal Entscheidungen getroffen werden, wie emotional nur schwer zu verkraften sind. Töchter gelten in den Dörfern Indien als Unglücksbringer und dann wird Usha geboren - und verbindet 2 Familie als unterschiedlichen Welten auf eine sehr tiefe emotionale Weise.
Shilpi Somaya Gowda gelingt in ihrem Buch ein schwieriger Spagat zwischen zwei Lebenswelten und sie zeigt emotional, wie schwer es für alle ist, wenn ein Kind aus Indien in die USA adoptiert wird und welche Schwierigkeiten auf alle Beteiligten zukommen. Sie schafft es durch ihre gefühlvolle Art, die verschiedenen Probleme und Schwierigkeiten sehr nach an den Leser zu bringen und das Gefühl, was alle Beteiligen schütteln, auch an den Leser weiter zu vermitteln. Unterstützt wird die Vermittlung an den Leser durch die verschiedenen Blickwinkel aus denen das Buch erzählt wird, so lernt man dann auch alle Protagonisten recht gut kennen.
Etwas Abzug gibt es aber, weil das Buch etwas zu sehr kulturell an der Oberfläche bleibt, da fehlt etwas die Tiefe um zu zeigen, wie verschiedenen die Kulturen doch sind und auch der Abschluss der Geschichte ist zwar realistisch, aber irgendwie etwas unbefriedigend.

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review 2018-04-22 16:31
Slow And Disjointed
The Bookshop of Yesterdays - Amy Meyerson

A young woman unravels her life one clue at a time after the death of a family member and finds a truth that changes everything. She slowly follows clues with literary ties, that tie in with a bookstore from her youth. She goes down the rabbit hole and does not come out the same.
This has been such a long read, interesting but dragged on with the drama. The author just took so long to get the mystery solved and didn't spend enough time writing about the books she obviously loves. The mystery was apparent early in the story, so that part of the story didn't hold my interest. I was reading to follow the clues because they had to have some really cool outcome, right ? The tricky clues so elaborate delivered after death must lead to an extraordinary truth. No, there was no great reveal I'm not sure if I enjoyed it or was annoyed more by the meandering slow pace. I was left wondering what happened to the emerald earrings, yeh that bugged me, they came into the story at a pivotal point and then just disappeared and nobody asked about them. There were at lot of dangling points in the story, I wanted more family history answers, or more book store. The two parts of the story felt separate, the book store part felt complete, leaving the family drama feeling incomplete.

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url 2018-02-08 16:32
Tree of Life True Story
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit

The 8th of February is our family's birthday! It has been 10 years we are together! This very day I have launched my second novel called Tree of Life: A Journey into the Field of Dreams. Thanks to all my spiritual family for being a part of this enriching journey! Thanks my beautiful children for being my biggest ever teachers <3 http://artof4elements.com/entry/171/conscious-parenting-my-adoption-journey

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/171/conscious-parenting-my-adoption-journey
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review 2018-02-02 16:27
This illness isn't real so don't worry
Close Enough to Touch: A Novel - Colleen Oakley

There is a section on New York Public Library's website where librarians recommend some of their favorite books. I have been known to trawl through looking for ideas about what to read next (because I'm clearly lacking in books lol) and that's where I came across Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley. Our main character, Jubilee Jenkins, is a small-town librarian with a big secret...she's allergic to human touch. And I do mean deathly allergic. Let me back up a bit because the book doesn't open with her working in the library and fretting about whether or not anyone has figured out she can't touch them. Instead we meet Jubilee in her home where she has been sequestered away for several years after a bad allergy attack which nearly killed her. She decides the best way to keep herself safe is to not come into any kind of contact with the outside world which of course results in her becoming absolutely petrified to leave her house for any reason. (She even comes up with a system for getting her trash to the curb without going outside.) I had originally been intrigued by this book because it gave me slight Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore vibes but once I got into it I realized that the main difference here is that she's not trying to solve a mystery. Jubilee just wants to live. 


This book's narrative could have been tightened up extensively. There's the exploration of mental illness but there's also a burgeoning romance. AND there was a second subplot involving her romantic interest and his relationship with his adopted son. I think by splitting the focus, none of these were explored satisfactorily. The ending was somewhat confusing and left me disappointed that I had spent the time reading the book at all. And honestly I didn't care for Jubilee. She was extremely wishy-washy and many times I found myself frustrated with her. The initial concept was interesting but the execution and the muddied plot turned this into a low rated read for me: 4/10.


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