Social Mobility

Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J. D. Vance Wish that I had encountered this book earlier. Felt and still feeling amazingly the same way, especially the latter part featuring social mobility, ie. moving upwards of the social ladder, which is honestly is pathetic in some way. Chinese children […]

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From Mulan

Mulan Lunar New Year  by Natasha Yim Telling a Chinese story by western way, Mulan series has done a wonderful job. It’s kind of a shame that Chinese market is now driven by capital but not by enthusiasm. Anyway, specially edited themed stories can be a good way for more cultural backgrounds to be known. A […]

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Time Machines

Through the Water Curtain and other Tales from Around the World  by Cornelia Funke A\ most imaginative cover, with each element echoing a story.All fairy tales are suitable for children&adults, and comments for adults&children. Fairy tales coming from different countries, thus not just prince-marry-princess-and happily-for ever, rather,there’re some stories for bravery or art or persistence, […]

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BBQ Keynote

Berber & Q  by Josh Katz I honestly got overwhelmed by all these unfamiliar ingredients. Yet I’d like to regard this as a book rather than a recipe list because it’s beautifully written. It feels good to know more about different stories about daily vegetables and meats. More than basic principles and less than rigid […]

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Daily History

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew – From Fox Hunting to Whist – the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England  by Daniel Pool This book is so academic and so cool. Details of 19th-century England, from daily house life to social life, with all these confusing titles and social norms. It’s very helpful […]

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Telling

Me Talk Pretty One Day  by David Sedaris Audiobook read by the author Travelling to Paris and things and people from childhood till now.

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Travelling

At Home in the World – Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe  by Tsh Oxenreider Finished this book on my first birthday in Fiji. Starting to find Suva lovely and pretty after the first month’s cross-cultural shock. Feasted myself a marvelous strawberry gateau  \(‵▽′)/

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Somewhere Cold

The Library of Ice – Readings from a Cold Climate  by Nancy Campbell Audio book read by Tania Rodrigues About ice and polar climate and the art of life there: Ice, seals, nordic communities and cultures. Beautifully written, not a bit boring even there’re a lot of academic quotes, quite the opposite, it’s fascinating actually.

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Filthy War

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak I assumed from the title that the book might be a girl who loves reading. It turned out to be books marking a girl’s struggling through the terrifying war time. It never occurred to me what did ordinary Germans do during WWI and WWII? It turned out that they […]

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