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Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book Of and Need to Read More

Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list ten authors that I’ve only read one book from but need to read more. It happens to me all the time, I read a book by an author, love it so much that I look up all books written by him/her and then … never get around to reading any of them. I am always amazed when I so often highly recommend a writer only to realize that I’ve read just one book. Alice Munro – I read and loved Dear Life. When she won the Nobel prize last year, I was surprised to see that I who had planned to read many more of her stories hadn’t revisited her at all. Diana Gabaldon – I read Outlander last year and loved it, but have somehow not been motivated enough to invest my energies in the rest of the series. All the recent hype over the TV series and the latest book due out make me think I may be missing …

Cutting for Stone – A Book Review

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into …

Teaser Tuesdays – Cutting for Stone

I just finished this book during the weekend, and it’s such a moving and touching read. I feel bad now that I got so impatient over the medical terminology and highlighted one of the weaker points of the book in my last Teaser Tuesday post. All of you who commented that the book was wonderful, you are right. I didn’t see it then, but this is truly a wonderful book. Here’s a quote I love… Call me old-fashioned,” Deepak said, “but I’ve always believed that hard work pays off. My version of the Beatitudes. Do the right thing, put up with unfairness, selfishness, stay true to yourself… one day it all works out. Of course, I don’t know that people who wronged you suffer or get their just deserts. I don’t think it works that way. But I do think that one day you get your reward. ~ Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese That’s the kind of language in this book. Very simple, but still stays with you after you close the book. Teaser …

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Teaser Tuesdays – Cutting for Stone

With the colon swollen to Hindenburg proportions it would be all too easy to nick the bowel and spill feces into the abdominal cavity. He made a middle incision, then deepened it carefully, like a sapper defusing a bomb. Just when panic was setting in because he felt he was going nowhere, the glistening surface of the peritoneum—that delicate membrane that lined the abdominal cavity—came into view. When he opened the peritoneum, straw-colored fluid came out. Inserting his finger into the hole and using it as a backstop, he cut the peritoneum along the length of the incision. ~ Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese Don’t get me wrong. So far, I am really loving this book. Good old-fashioned compelling story-telling, but really, I could do without some of these medical details 🙁 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE …

Books I received last week

Mailbox Mondays: November 26, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Random House India again very kindly sent over a nice set of books. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie has received mixed reviews. Some raved about it, and some long-time Rushdie readers have been disappointed with it. I don’t know how I am going to feel once I am done with the book. All I can tell is I love the setting (Akbar’s court), and the idea of a story connecting Florence and India seems so magical. The second book I received is totally scientific – Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This is a story about twin doctors from Ethiopia, and on a first glance seems full of medical jargon. But this book has garnered rave reviews and I am going to overlook the intimidating language and see how the story goes. The last book and one that I KNOW I am going to enjoy is The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall. This …