Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Robert Hoge, Ugly. A beaut story about one very ugly kid Published  2015 by Hachette Australia, 188p Robert Vincent Hoge was born in 1972 in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. He was the youngest of  five children in a working-class family. But the day he was born was not a happy day in the Hoge… Continue reading Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Crudo by Olivia Laing: an experimental novel about identity, love and the chaotic 2017, a year when the world seemed to fall apart

Olivia Laing, Crudo Published 2018 by Picador, 143p My first encounter with Olivia Laing was through The Lonely City, a book that appealed to me so much, that I have never actually finished it; I return to it over and over again and I simply refuse to read it to the end because the thought… Continue reading Crudo by Olivia Laing: an experimental novel about identity, love and the chaotic 2017, a year when the world seemed to fall apart

Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway. Redescovering Mercy Published 2017 by Riverhead Books, 176p I haven’t completely resonated with Hallelujah Anyway as I don’t consider myself a very religious person and the book mixes the writer’s personal experiences with stories from the Bible but Anne Lamott is such a warm, honest and intelligent writer that I simply… Continue reading Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott: a collection of essays that encourage the rediscovery of mercy in times when we feel we lost connection and hope

Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book

Guridi, Once upon a Time Published in English in 2017 by Tate Publishing (first published in Spanish in 2016), 32p   Bard, as his name suggested, was a man that loved words from the very beginning. He lived in a village where people appreciated his talent to play with words and transform “the most ordinary… Continue reading Spanish artist Guridi illustrates the power of words and the magic of storytelling in Once Upon a Time, a delightful, monochromatic picture book

Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Armin Greder, Australia to Z Published 2016 by Allen & Unwin, 32p   It is hilarious now, looking back, to remember how difficult it was in my first months in Australia, to understand and adjust to their rhythm, language (oh, they can talk fast) and lifestyle. Coming from a country where people seem to always… Continue reading Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are Published 2017 by HarperCollins, 44p Bringing home from hospital his new born son, Oliver Jeffers realized he should not only give a tour of the apartment to the new member of the family but introduce to him the whole world he was going to step and live into. Thus Here… Continue reading Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers: a father’s notes for living on Planet Earth dedicated to his firstborn son

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