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

Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

Jo Weaver, Little Whale Published 2018 by Hodder Children’s Books, 36p Gray whales have the longest migration known for a mammal. They travel almost 20,000 km every year, from south where they breed to the Arctic seas to reach their feeding grounds. It is a long, dangerous, exhausting journey, so beautifully captured by Jo Weaver… Continue reading Little Whale by Jo Weaver: a tender story about the epic migration of grey whales and the strong connection between the mother and her calf

The White Book by Han Kang: author’s meditation on fragility of life, loss and colour white

Han Kang, The White Book. Translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith Published 2017 by Portobello Books. Originally published in Korean in 2016, 164p   My first contact with Han Kang’s writing was when I read The Vegetarian – a haunting book, exceptionally written. She is an original writer with an unusual, quite bizarre perspective… Continue reading The White Book by Han Kang: author’s meditation on fragility of life, loss and colour white

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

Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

Michael Morpurgo, Coming Home. Illustrated by Kerry Hyndman Published 2016 by David Fickling Book in partnership with Waitrose, 32p   Coming Home is one of those books meant to be read before Christmas when everyone is returning home, celebrating life, family, love. I borrowed the book from the library last year in December but busy… Continue reading Michael Morpurgo and Kerry Hyndman illustrate a robin’s journey from Scandinavia to Britain, offering a heartwarming definition of a home

Wild by Emily Hughes: a delightful picture book about the wilderness in each of us and the determination of passionate souls

Emily Hughes, Wild Published 2013 by Flying Eye Books, 32p   I bought Wild two years ago and since then I have read it tens of times; and every time it is a pleasure to contemplate the magical illustrations and to spend moments thinking of what life really means.  Emily Hughes is just amazing –… Continue reading Wild by Emily Hughes: a delightful picture book about the wilderness in each of us and the determination of passionate souls

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