Cultural genre books (118)

Maiba : A Papuan Novel

Maiba : A Papuan Novel by Russell Soaba EN

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The only child of the last chief of Makawana village, Maiba struggles to hold her people together in face of the polarizing forces of convention and modernization. Both protective and painfully aware of the weaknesses of her own community, Maiba acquires the wisdom she needs to face the future.
Recommended: 27 Dec 2022


Manon des sources by Marcel Pagnol FR

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / France flag France
Après la mort du Bossu, et la vente des Romarins, Manon et sa mère s'installent dans la grotte de Baptistine. Quelques années plus tard, Manon trouve l'occasion de se venger... Pagnol s'est souvent adapté lui-mème, passant aisé- ment du théâtre an cinéma. Ici, il fait le chemin inverse, et adapte un film en roman: Manon des sources (1963), deuxième partie de L'Eau des collines, est la mise en roman du film éponyme. tourné dix ans plus tôt. On en retrouve tous les personnages, et on est émerveillé de voir que les dialogues, qui sont souvent, mot à mot., les mèmes, « s'entendent » aussi bien sur... continue
Recommended: 02 Sep 2023


Mao's Last Dancer by Li Cunxin EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Asia / China flag China
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER The extraordinary memoir of a peasant boy raised in rural Maoist China who was plucked from his village to study ballet and went on to become one of the greatest dancers of his generation. From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of ... continue


Memories of Philippine Kitchens by Amy Besa, Romy Dorotan EN

Rating: 4.5     4 Votes
Country: Asia / Philippines flag Philippines
The owners and chef at Soho's popular Cendrillon restaurant present a fascinating look at Filipino cuisine and culture. They document dishes and culinary techniques that are rapidly disappearing and offer more than 100 unique recipes.
Recommended: 23 Aug 2023


Memory of Departure by Abdulrazak Gurnah EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Africa / Tanzania flag Tanzania
**By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021** Vehement, comic and shrewd, Abdulrazak Gurnah's first novel is an unwavering contemplation of East African coastal life Poverty and depravity wreak havoc on Hassan Omar's family. Amid great hardship he decides to escape. The arrival of Independence brings new upheavals as well as the betrayal of the promise of freedom. The new government, fearful of an exodus of its most able men, discourages young people from travelling abroad and refuses to release examination results. Deprived of a scholarship, Hassan travels to Nairobi to stay with a ... continue
Recommended: 22 Aug 2023

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie EN

Rating: 2     1 Vote
Country: Asia / India flag India
The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to “a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling” (The New Yorker) WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS • SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • The fortieth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehr... continue

Miss Chopsticks

Miss Chopsticks by Xinran EN

Rating: 3.9     10 Votes
Country: Asia / China flag China
From the author of 'The Good Women of China' comes the uplifting story of three sisters who, like so many migrant workers in today's China, leave their peasant community to seek their fortune in the big city.
Recommended: 20 Nov 2022

Miss Kim Knows and Other Stories

Miss Kim Knows and Other Stories by Cho Nam-Joo EN

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Country: Asia / South Korea flag South Korea
FROM THE AUTHOR OF KIM JIYOUNG, BORN 1982 Eight women. Eight stories. One reality. A woman is born. A woman is filmed in public without consent. A woman suffers domestic violence. A woman is gaslit. A woman is discriminated against at work. A woman grows old. A woman becomes famous. A woman is hated, and loved, and then hated again. Written in Cho Nam-Joo's masterful, razor-sharp prose, Miss Kim Knows brings together the lives of eight Korean women, aged 10 to 80. Contained in each of these biographies is a microcosm of contemporary Korea, and the challenges and injustices that women face from... continue

Moccasin Square Gardens

Moccasin Square Gardens : Short Stories by Richard Van Camp EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
The characters of Moccasin Square Gardens inhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves ("The Camel Clutch"), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or "Sky People," love, lust and prayers for peace. While this is Van Camp's most hilarious short story collection, it's also haunted by the lurking presence of the Wheetago, human-devouring monsters of legend that have returned due to global warming and the greed of humanity. The stories in Moccasin Square ... continue
Recommended: 27 Dec 2022

My Monticello

My Monticello : Fiction by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson EN

Rating: 4     8 Votes
A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America. Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlotte... continue

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