Books

Bridges Of Understanding With Words

Bridges Of Understanding With Words

The novel The Bridge Home by Padma Venkataraman has just won the Global Read Aloud prize for middle grade readers. I started the conversation by sharing with Padma that as a parent it Is indeed a tough job to choose books with appropriate themes for middle schoolers....
Unmarriageable is Pakistan’s Pride and Prejudice

Unmarriageable is Pakistan’s Pride and Prejudice

Most people know Soniah Kamal as an award-winning Pakistani American writer whose fiction and essays have been widely anthologized as well as appeared in notable publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian. Fourteen years ago, Soniah’s short story, Mango,...
Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

Ain’t No Brown In the British Crown

The original title of this review was intended to reflect hope.  I had already written the opening sentence of the review: “Be wary of dismissing the sweetness of one persimmon because a different one, albeit still a fruit called by the same name, has left a bitter...