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milk and honey

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Name of the book: milk and honey Name of the author: Rupi Kaur Name of the publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing No. of pages: 204 Genre: Poetry
As the title of the book implies, this book is therapeutic; not only for the broken heart but also for a fragment of the society. The broken fragment is the battling sisterhood. Milk and honey is boldly feminist and Rupi Kaur has proven how simple words can cause a bigger explosion than ammunitions.
How does Kaur attain this?
The language is pithy; the metaphors, crystal-clear. Consequently, the book is soft but loud. The loudness elevates female sexuality and biology; it promotes self-love and prefers it to loving another unrequitedly; it extends remedy for a wounded soul: through the embalming thoughts and words that heal.
The various poetries touch the different aspects of love-life in their different stages: infatuation, break-up and recovering. They are extremely relatable as they deal with the issues that most women face in the conte…

Everything Under

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Name of the book:    Everything Under Name of the author:      Daisy Johnson Name of the publisher: Jonathan Cape No. of pages:                264
In her debut novel, Everything Under, Daisy Johnson, leaves an indelible mark on the readers with all the things that make her novel unique. Though dark and gory, the novel is nothing trite! Therefore, it is not surprising that the book was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, 2018. It is a psychological thriller; full of suspense and mystery but not befitting for the faint-hearts.
The story is primarily based on Gretel’s life whose motive has become to hunt for her mother: Sarah after sixteen years of separation. What brings Gretel back to the river is: ‘The places we are born come back. They disguise themselves as migraines, stomach ache, insomnia.’ However, this is not the only plot; there are a handful of sub-plots that become inter-twined at some points. Though the complexity is discernible, the narration has been laid out very dextero…

A Pale View of Hills

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Name of the Book:A Pale View of Hills Name of the Author:Kazuo Ishiguro Name of the Publisher: Faber and Faber Number of Pages:183
A Pale View of Hills was the debut novel of the Nobel Prize Laureate, Kazuo Ishiguro. It is primarily set in Japan post the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. It does not deal with the historical intricacies but with the personal lives of the characters: the impact of the war on their lives apart from the personal struggles that each one undergoes separately.The protagonist is a Japanese woman named Etsuko who is living in England but has an over-powering past that keeps seeping through the present. In fact, the reader knows her better only though these flashbacks and can empathize with her consequently especially because she is imporous to even her own family.
This is a tale of nostalgia and remembrance. The sense of loss and mystery echoes in the entire narrative. What happens to Sachiko and her daughter Mariko eventually? Why does Keiko commit suicide? …

Roar

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Name of the Book:        Roar Name of the Author:     Cecelia Ahern Name of the Publisher: HarperCollins Number of Pages:          337

Do you need to or have forgotten how to roar? Well, pick up ‘Roar’ by Cecelia Ahern! The book will enkindle you, pacify you, inspire you, teach you and entertain you: all through a set of thirty short-stories. Each of the stories has a female protagonist who has glitch in her life that she is struggling to overcome. From the woman who ate photographs to the women who have been confined into boxes categorically, every woman is surprisingly unique.
Have you ever seen a woman roar? A feat of this anthology is to enable women be associated with the metaphorical act of roaring. This is in sharp contrast with the image of cat that women are generally associated with. The act of roaring symbolizes something different for every woman: overcoming a personal weakness, achieving the ambition she aims at, returning to self-love and care, and becoming friends with…

The Namesake

Name of the Book:   The Namesake Name of the Author: Jhumpa Lahiri Publisher:                  HarperCollins No. of Pages:            291

The Namesake explores the life of a Bengali family settled in the USA whose native-home is in Kolkata, India. The focaliser is a boy named Gogol later renamed as Nikhil; the interaction between a person and his name. The Namesake, is a gradually paced book about the joys and challenges of a family living as expatriates: Are they able to retain their cultural identity? How do they see themselves with respect to foreigners? What creates a gap between the parents and the children? Where do they meet? Therefore, some themes are universal which connect the native-readers to the novel while others disconnect them.
The novel is structured in chronological order with an ounce of flashbacks that help in making the present more understandable. It begins with the birth of the first child of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli (Gogol) and ends with…
The style of writing…

Made out of Stars

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Name of the Book: Made out of Stars Author: Meera Lee Patel Publisher: Particular Books
Questions are good because they lead to answers. ‘Made out of Stars’ by Meera Lee Patel is a journal that can take the reader from the path of obscurity to clarity through a series of pithy questions. These questions make the reader introspect and realize that there is magic within each; what prevents it from blooming is the want of self-realization. The questions are myriad and each of them compels the reader to view himself/herself as someone valuable and capable. Perhaps, this power of the book almost makes it a beautiful miracle.
The colorful illustrations that accompany the questions are a treat to the eyes. Made with water-colors, every illustration has a quotation by a renowned author. The quotation forms the basis of the question framed.
One of the purposes of the book is to make the reader feel connected with the universe and realize that one is made up of the same star-stuff. ‘What make…