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some interesting finds in my inventory

James Finn Garner : Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life [002542730X] Times

Seon; Lewis, Gogo Manley : Fun Phantoms: Tales of Ghostly Entertainment
this book's cover is illustrated by Edward Gorey.

berlingot
1 year ago
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Can anyone recommend wonderful female authors from South America?

Can anyone recommend wonderful female authors from South America?
I have already read everything by Isabel Allende and much of Gabriela Mistral. Now I want to read someone different.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

ladykhalia
4 years ago
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(3 years ago)I've just sent you an email, so as not to use up all the space in the forum with my personal preferences.
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)You are invaluable, Margaret. Feel free to exchange ideas with me any time. Since you have given me numerous suggestions for superb writers, which of the global regions has a surplus of authors that you relish? For me, it is Latin America. For deeper specifics, I adore Isabel Allende, Gabriela Mistral and Carlos Fuentes. To me, they are utterly delectable in style and substance. Please share, what part of the world resonates with you?
ladykhalia
(3 years ago)Do give Sor Juana a try, Before she became a nun (so she'd have time to read, is one theory), she was a favorite of the Viceroy's wife at the court in Mexico City, so most of her earlier poetry is very secular indeed. The one that apparently all Mexican schoolchildren have to learn, is "Hombres necios que acusais.." which takes men to task for continually importuning women to love them, then, having done the deed, turning around and saying 'Ooh, what a harlot!' {Bad gringo paraphrase} There's a big biography of her by famous Mexican poet Octavio Paz, available in a good English translation - lots of detail about her life and the world that surrounded her in the 1600s..
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)Given your inscription of Sor Juana, I would be delighted to read her poetry. ( Although I would choose to be a courtesan over a nun in any era, to be truthful.) Yes, why not more docile and ladylike? Because wrapped up in habit, I don't need any more restriction. Yes, women in all realms have to contend with the battle of expression. So sad many of us have to battle. Slaughter when the privilege is not allowed.
ladykhalia
(3 years ago)How could I have forgotten: Sor Juan Ines de la Cruz, especially the poetry. Sad to say, my powers of concentration are not enough to sustain me through the dramas, though they may be just as good. Also, contained in (I think) her reply to the Bishop of Puebla, about why she wasn't more docile and ladylike, she has a long passage about how she came to go to school in the first place - followed her older sister and then lied that her mother had sent her, too, as she was DETERMINED to learn to read. Sounds like a potential BookMooch member, no?
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)Wonderful!! We share similar literary tastes.( smile) I own Frida Kahlo: The Camera Seduced,a book of Frida Kahlo photographs that includes a memoir written by Elena Poniatowska. ( I received Here's to You, Jesusa about a year ago.) All of these authors, in my conviction, can be found at the library. I belong to three library systems and plus, there are alternate ways of getting these books. Thank you for your continued contribution.
ladykhalia
(3 years ago)There are also three older authors from South America, Flora Tristan (who had such an exciting life that it's a wonder she survived), Clorinda Matto de Turner, and Juana Manuela Gorritti (I may have given the latter too many of r or t). There are English translations of at least one book by each of them. Maybe you've already read Laura Esquivel from Mexico, who wrote Like Water for Chocolate, but other good books as well. Guadalupe Loaeza and Elena Poniatowska, also from Mexico, write good fiction and nonfiction, but I don't know if there's much of their work translated.
Margaret H.
(3 years ago)Margaret, I have concluded that I do need to devour this author because she has been presented to me once before. Thank you for your suggestion.
ladykhalia
(3 years ago)From Mexico rather than South America, but yu might like to try Angeles Mastretta. Her book Women with Big Eyes is available in a handsome bilingual edition,
Margaret H.
(4 years ago)Thank you so much for your contribution, Rebel Sun.
ladykhalia
(4 years ago)Try Clarice Lispector (she also has the following pen names: Helen Palmer, Tereza Quadros, Ilka Soares). I've only ever read her in Portuguese, but she was phenomenal...hopefully, she will comer across well in translation (if you don't read Portuguese)
Rebel Sun
Offbeat and excellent non-fiction

Hanne Blank : Virgin: The Untouched History

"Virgin: The Untouched History" by Hanne Blank is a fascinating look at how virginity is determined, why it is important in many cultures and how these things have changed.

Kerry
4 years ago
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(3 years ago)Indeed she is! This book is amazing, very well researched. The Kindle edition is currently $8.77, well worth spending the money if you have a kindle. It's even worth the $12.95 for the paperback. :)
Kerry
(4 years ago)It was recommended to me by a friend of the author. I am also a fan of the author's blog. http://www.hanneblank.com/blog/
Kerry
(4 years ago)Hmmm, this book would be relevant to me. What inspired you to read it?
ladykhalia
Interesting offbeat books to read

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
This isn't for everyone, but after long admiring Ms. Roach's contributions to Reader's Digest, I read this book. Although the subject matter is unusual and might well be distasteful to many, she handles it with dignity and, if you can believe, much good humor. If you've ever been curious about all things dead, this is the book for you. Consider it the ultimate recycling idea. Chances are you'll never attend another wake without thinking about the stories in this book.

LMR
3 years ago
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(3 years ago)The Descent. It defies description. I think I've bought 3 copies so far, just can't seem to stop myself from saying 'just read it.' Then I never get my copy back. LOL
Jo
Interesting offbeat books to read

Journal: The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason by Joyce and Kristine Atkinson was quite unusual. I stayed up until 4am to finish this one! Easily read in one sitting. Simply forgo reading the back cover or any detailed reviews/critiques before you begin. A unique premise, creatively executed, that might have been even more enticing had the authors not included the disclaimer on the copyright page that it was fiction.

LMR
3 years ago
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Odd but Interesting Science Fiction

Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Novels) and Boneshaker (Cherie Priest) - Any other favorites?

Jenatsch
4 years ago
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(4 years ago)Anything by Sheri S. Tepper: I especially liked Singer from the Sea and the three Mavin Manyshaped novels, but Six Moon Dance and The Gate to Women's Country are also interesting.
M
(4 years ago)Octavia E Butler writes some fun stuff: "Xenogenesis" series is probably her best, SF-wise, though I enjoyed "From Seed to Harvest" as well. :3
Whitney
(4 years ago)Most anything by Steve Aylett. His Beerlight books are like Robert Rankin writing William Gibson in the style of Micky Spillane. If you like Jeff Noon I'd suggest the RIM series by Alexander Besher.
Jonathan
(4 years ago)I liked "Pattern Recognition" by William Gibson.
Cathy
(4 years ago)I loved Cat's Cradle!
Jenatsch
(4 years ago)A few "Odd but Interesting" titles to start: "Vurt" by Jeff Noon "The Door Into Ocean" by Joan Slonczewski "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut "Maul" by Tricia Sullivan
Psybre
verse novels

Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson (in Greek mythology, Heracles kills the monster Geryon in order to steal his cattle; in Carson's re-imagining, he "just" steals Geryon's heart)

The Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter (a noir murder mystery set in Sydney, complete with a butch female detective and slippery femme fatale)

M
4 years ago
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This popped into my head

As soon as I read the forum title, I remembered this book.
"You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggars
Totally offbeat, very amusing, and highly entertaining read all round.

scramble
4 years ago
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(4 years ago)Here's one: Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Yu Hua Definitely not the norm. Great read though.
Annie
two great reads

1. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby-
it's about these four people that meet on a building rooftop because they are all planning on committing suicide. You think it would be all sad and deep, but I laughed more at this book than just about any other. The characters are amazing.

2. Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan-
it is a book about a lady who plans a trip to Burma with her friends and then is killed and she watches them go on the trip. Great read.

Brittany
4 years ago
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(4 years ago)Just so you know, Rita Golden Gelman released a collection of essays called Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World. It started selling on June 1,2010. Find your way to it.
ladykhalia
(4 years ago)I've also read Tales of a Female Nomad, you're right about it being a really great memoir.
Brittany
(4 years ago)A memoir I deeply relished was Tales of a Female Nomad:Living at Large in the World by Rita Gelman Golden. Very unconventional and fascinating lifestyle, just as the title suggests. I don't think I could live that nomadic. I love adventure but not to the extent that she performs it. I recommend it strongly. Amigas, Letters of Friendship and Exile by Marjorie Agosin and Emma Sepulveda is a collection of letters between lifelong friends. True kindred spirits. Usually, when you read a book about female friendship, someone gets betrayed or wounded in some way. Not from these lives. They grow together although they often lived in different spaces of the world.
ladykhalia
Where's the Head?

I just read one that's definitely ooffbeat.

Vinnie's Head by Marc Lecard, ISBN: 031237867X

Not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed it.

Alan Dellamore
4 years ago
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Interesting Offbeat Books

Liberty's Excess by Lidia Yuknavitch
A Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender

I'd say Paluhniuk or Ishiguro, but I think they're relatively well known.

celesi
4 years ago
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Unusual books - wonderfully strange stories with animal 'heroes'

All these are written from the standpoint of the creatures involved and are all very good and unusual reads.

The London Pigeon Wars - Patrick Neate (about a pigeon revolution)

Firmin - Tom Savage (about a self-educated rat in a bookshop)

The Roaches Have No King - Daniel Evan Weiss (about a self-educated cockroach in a an apartment)

Penny Waugh
4 years ago
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Very Unusual Book, Well Written

"Broken for You" by Stephanie Kallos was by far one of the most unusual books I have read. I usually mooch books after I've read them, but I can't seem to part with this one. I even bought an extra one and gave it to a friend, just so they could read it.
Shirlee

Shirlee
4 years ago
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