Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Patti Smith, M Train Published 2016 by Bloomsbury (first published in 2015), 280p. In limba romana: Trenul M, Editura Polirom   I fell in love with Patti Smith’s writing while reading Just Kids. She’s gifted, profound and beautifully sincere. And it seems we share the love for coffee, Haruki Murakami and detective shows; she will… Continue reading Patti Smith: M Train – an elegant, poetic memoir discussing love, loss, art and the small pleasures of life

Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Shaun Tan, The Red Tree Published in Australia and New Zealand by Hachette, 32p (first published 2001)   A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me an email saying that Riverside Theatre had a stage adaptation for The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. I couldn’t go as I had other commitments but I still… Continue reading Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Elie Wiesel, Night. Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel. In limba romana: Noaptea. Editura Corint, 2012 Published 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published 1958), 120p   I remember: it happened yesterday, or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the Kingdom of Night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all… Continue reading Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Hayoung Yim, The Girl Who Said Sorry. Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewicz  Published 2017 by Rhyming Reason Books, 34p I grew up in a country where as a child I was told to stay quiet because I knew nothing and do as grown-ups dictated me, no matter I liked it or not. I am thirty seven… Continue reading Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2012, 104p I know I will never be prepared to face death; but if I had to, I would like to do it the Hitchens’s way: dying but living. In 2010 Christopher Hitchens, writer, journalist, religious and literary critic, was in his hotel room… Continue reading Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe

Dieter Braun, Wild Animals of the South Published 2017 by Flying Eye Books. Translation by Jen Calleja. 144p   I liked Wild Animals of the South for the scientific facts but mostly for its artwork; the pages of the book, published as a large-format, are filled with gorgeous illustrations that describe the impressive, colourful animal… Continue reading Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe