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Author:

Margaret E. Redlich

This book introduces you to the world of Hindi films, commonly called "Bollywood" films. The historical and artistic information is interspersed with stories from the author's own journey to Hindi film fandom. The conversational tone and the personal stories make this a fun, engaging read. If you, like me, have never really considered Hindi films, this book will show you that they are more than flashy dance sequences and sappy love stories.

Favorite Thing:
The explanation of the importance of the audience in watching Hindi films
Don't Call It Bollywood book cover
Book Length:
Short
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
Published by TH owner
Author:

Marika Seigel

This short look at pregnancy advice through the ages is an adapted excerpt from a longer work, but it is an exceptionally well done one. It stands on its own as a great, brief look at the topic. If you've ever been on the receiving end of pregnancy advice, or if you're just curious about what society tells pregnant women to do and why, this book is for you.

Favorite Thing:
The description of historical advice for pregnant women.
Expecting book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Excerpt from a longer book
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Colin Bateman

This is a delightful short book about a journalist who returns home to attend his first mentor's funeral, and finds himself caught up in the struggles of the local newspaper his mentor was running. The author has a background in crime writing. He has brought that fast-paced style to this story, and it works well. The characters and plot are both really enjoyable. My only complaint is that there is both a series of "Papercuts" stories and a novel-length book coming out later this year, and it is not immediately clear how they related. I found a story profiling the author that indicates they are a series of related stories, and the longer book will just collect them. Assuming that's true, I wouldn't wait for the book: just start reading this fun story now.

Favorite Thing:
The characters
Papercuts: The Dead and the Quick book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Part of a series of short stories/novellas
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Carolyn Nash

In the aftermath of an earthquake, a mother and father struggle to reach their young son. The mother also finds herself on a journey through memories long buried, which might shed some light on her failing marriage. The external events add extra drama to what is essentially an internal plot of coming to understand the reasons for your own emotions.

Favorite Thing:
The mother's internal journey
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author:

K.J. Parker

The most famous philosopher in the world wants to sell his soul to buy 20 more years for his work, and the demon sent to complete the transaction is suspicious that he's trying to pull a trick of some sort. But what? The "mystery" aspect of the plot is fun, and the fantasy world in which the action is set is interesting (particularly for the glimpses of the bureaucracy of Hell...) but the real joy in this novella is the character of the demon and what the attempt to understand the philosopher's motives does to him.

Favorite Thing:
The character of the demon
The Devil You Know
Book Length:
Short
Part of Series:
Short story/novella related to a series of long books
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Mara Altman

Mara Altman sets off on a journey of discovery to India... but she's not trying to find herself. She is trying to understand why so many Westerners go to India to try to find themselves. The book manages to take the desire to find oneself seriously without taking itself too seriously, and the result is a fun read that sneaks in some thought-provoking ideas.

Favorite Thing:
The author's sense of humor about herself and her trip
Bag of Meat on Ball of Dirt book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Categories:
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Olivia Berrier

This story is set in a world where dancing can summon magic, and where both the dancing and the magic are banned. The story follows a young woman who loves to dance, and wants to bring it back into the world. Her first attempt to do this goes wrong, and she ends up in jail. There, she meets a fellow prisoner who makes her change how she thinks about her experience, which sets in motion events that will force her to confront her fears and find strengths she didn't know she had. It is an enjoyable story that pulls you into its world from the start, and the plot and characters will keep you hooked until the end.

Favorite Thing:
The opening scene.
The World That Forgot How to Dance book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Orhan Pamuk

This book gives the reader a peak into life in Istanbul in the first half of the 20th century, and specifically into the role of the Bosphorus in that life. It is an excerpt from a longer book, and suffers a bit from lack of context, but it is still a great read.

Favorite Thing:
The description of how people reacted to the fire disasters that occured along the Bosphorus
Along the Bosphorus book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Excerpt from a longer book
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Categories:
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Joel Achenbach

This short ebook consists of two in-depth articles discussing concerns people are raising about the role of computers and algorithms in our current and future life, with a short essay at the end wrapping things up. The first article looks at the role of algorithms and social media in today's world and the second looks at concerns about the role of artificial intelligence in our future. The articles are well-written and thought-provoking, but I wish the essay had done a little bit more to explore the connection between the present day concerns of the people in the first article and the concerns about AI discussed in the second article. Still, the book is interesting and enjoyable to read, and I recommend it.

Favorite Thing:
The nuanced introduction to people skeptical about the role of computers in our society.
The Resistance
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
Moderate
Categories:
Disclosures:
None
Author:

Zen Cho

Once I started reading this wonderful story, I could not stop. It is set in the afterlife, with characters whose main goal is to avoid rebirth, because that is the ultimate end of their selves. The main character is a woman who died young, and who is married off to a wealthy long-time resident of the tenth court of hell. When her husband brings home a new bride, it sets a chain of events in motion that changes how she views essentially everything.

Favorite Thing:
The afterlife the author constructs.
The Terracotta Bride book cover
Book Length:
Shorter
Part of Series:
Not part of a series
Stand Alone:
Yes
Stickiness:
High
Disclosures:
None

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