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

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