Tonight I met with my foreign authors book group, (we’ve been meeting for 13 years – that’s a lot of years of good books!) and we discussed The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb. I also count this book as one of my books for the Armchair Travel Reading Challenge.
I wish I could say I loved the book. I feel like it did open my eyes a bit more into the history of Afghanistan and it was interesting, it just wasn’t exactly what I expected to read. I thought it was going to focus more on the human interest stories but to me it felt like it was more about the background. Which is not bad, it’s just not what I expected.
Anyway we also saw the list for our 2008 books and these are the ones that made the cut:
- Ines of My Soul by Isabel Allende
- The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
- Zeno’s Conscience by Italo Svevo
- Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
- Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman
- Madame by Antoni Libera
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
- The Accidental by Ali Smith
- In the Empire of Genghis Khan by Stanley Stewart
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Chess Machine by Robert Lohr
A good list don’t you think? We still have another meeting in early December where we’ll discuss A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka. I’m looking forward to it.
And, stay tuned because next post I have a treat – a Q&A with an author. A first for Bookgirl’s Nightstand.