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I read widely and in most genres but romance and westerns. Here you'll find my reviews since 2007, with a few reviews of previously read books as well.


In 2012, I completed an "authors of the world" challenge, reading a book for every country (and a few other entities) by someone who'd lived there for at least two years. I expect to tag these books by challenge and country in the near future. I'm still refining my list by adding books that better meet my challenge criteria.

Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe - Doreen Baingana UgandaThis short story collection is comprised of stories about and narrated by three Ugandan sisters. It focuses on the youngest (and presumably most autobiographical), Christine, and various aspects of her coming of age. Themes of family strife, beliefs, and place in the world are set against the lightly sketched but very present backdrop of Idi Amin's regime. Most affecting is "A Thank-You Note," in which the harsh realities of AIDS are juxtaposed with the joy and freedom of sexuality, neither negating the other. "Questions of Home," like many other narratives of travel and culture, nicely illustrates both culture shock and the reverse culture shock of return.