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Melissa Brown
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I make complicated things simple -- and simple things complicated.
I make complicated things simple -- and simple things complicated.

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So, this blog sat in draft form for 6 months. I guess it is as ready as it ever will be.

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North Korea: "Exit Emperor Kim Jong-Il" by John Cha
Kim Jong-Un, in the news earlier this year for having his uncle executed, is but a baby in Exit Emperor Kim Jong-Il , which details the current North Korean dictator's grandfather and father, in their rise to tyranny. John Cha wrote this work after intervie...

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Iceland: "Independent People" by Halldór Laxness and "The Greenhouse" by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
Several friends and family recommended Independent People  but when I realized it was first published in 1942, I supplemented it with a more recent work, The Greenhouse . My goal has been to read works of fiction published in my lifetime, and 1942 is a bit ...

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Status after 11 months
After 11 months, I have read just over 50 titles (of 200 planned) and blogged about 30 or so. The blog takes way more time that I have to devote to it, so now I just read. I'm in the middle of four titles now: "Mexican Bolero", "Crabwalk" (Germany), "I the ...

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It was a fabulous experience. Thank you, Ensemble Music Society, for  bringing the Takacs Quartet and other world-class musicians to our region.

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Iraq: "Absent" by Betool Khedairi
I read books in no particular order determined by what I find when. In my last trip to the library, this title, Absent , came home in the same batch as Dancing Arabs because the authors' names--Khedairi and Kashua--are near one another on the shelves. As a ...

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Palestine: "Dancing Arabs" by Sayed Kashua
This project began with 193 countries recognized by the United Nations. To that group, I've added regions that would like to be separate countries. Palestine fits into that group. Other commentators describes Sayed Kashua's first novel, Dancing Arabs ,  as ...

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Australia: "The Secret River" by Kate Grenville
Grenville's novel is a founding story for a continent with primarily one set of invaders from Europe, rather than eight (at least) in the U.S.*  In Australia as she tells it, English settlement had pretty much the same consequences that it did in the U.S.: ...

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Dominican Republic: "In the Time of the Butterflies" by Julia Alvarez
This 1995 book presents the four Mirabal sisters, three of whom were nicknamed Mariposas (butterflies) in the early days of the revolution that ended Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship in 1961. Although In the Time of the Butterflies is novel, one of Ms. Alvare...

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Norway and Sweden: Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson and Astrid & Veronika, Linda Olsson
Two countries, twinned on the same landmass. Two books, pendants in fact, to use a metaphor from the arts. One deals with a pair of men; the other with a pair of women. I didn't begin with the intent to treat them together, but the books fell out that way. ...
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