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Tamarind Woman
Anita Rau Badami
034546494X
March 2004
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Originally published in India in 1996, this first novel is Badami's second to appear in the United States, after The Hero's Walk (LJ 3/15/01). Here she relates the story of Saroja, as told by her daughter Kamini and by Saroja herself. Kamini's memories are triggered when she learns of her mother's plan to journey across India without itinerary. Kamini's inability to contact her mother while she travels mirrors her childhood feelings of neglect and abandonment. In embarking on her travels, Saroja not only defies the narrow expectations of her parents, who pushed her into a loveless marriage and ended her ambitions, but she also breaks away from the expectations of her daughter. Although set primarily in India, this portrait of a mother and daughter transcends geographical limitations. And though the book...


Tamarind Woman
Anita Rau Badami
1565123352
March 2002
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Originally published in India in 1996, this first novel is Badami's second to appear in the United States, after The Hero's Walk (LJ 3/15/01). Here she relates the story of Saroja, as told by her daughter Kamini and by Saroja herself. Kamini's memories are triggered when she learns of her mother's plan to journey across India without itinerary. Kamini's inability to contact her mother while she travels mirrors her childhood feelings of neglect and abandonment. In embarking on her travels, Saroja not only defies the narrow expectations of her parents, who pushed her into a loveless marriage and ended her ambitions, but she also breaks away from the expectations of her daughter. Although set primarily in India, this portrait of a mother and daughter transcends geographical limitations. And though the book...


Tamarind Mem
Anita Rau Badami
0864922663
Nov 1998
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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Review
?A tremendous achievement -- a skillful and compassionate family saga that is personal, intimate, tender and revealing.? -- The Globe and Mail

?Intoxicating ? an ambitious sweep of storytelling about family, about memory, about myth and history and the infinite interpretability of relationships.? -- Ottawa Citizen

?An engaging depiction of a daughter?s longing to know her mother and of our tendency to see things the way we want rather than the way they are.? -- Calgary Herald

?Tamarind Mem?s strength is in its depiction of family tensions, the elusiveness of memories and how dreams and disappointments are passed from one generation to the next as if they were family heirlooms.? -- The Gazette (Montreal)

"An exciting addition to the burgeoning tradition of...


The Hero's Walk
Anita Rau Badami
0345450922
February 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
The Hero's Walk, the second novel by Anita Rau Badami, is a big, intimate book, the kind that seldom strays beyond the doors of a single residence. Set in the sweltering streets of Toturpuram, a small city on the Bay of Bengal, The Hero's Walk, which won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book in Canada and the Caribbean, explores the troubled life of Sripathi Rao, an unremarkable, middle-aged family man and advertising copywriter.

As The Hero's Walk opens, Sripathi's life is already in a state of thorough disrepair. His mother, a domineering, half-senile octogenarian, sits like a tyrant at the top of his household, frightening off his sister's suitors, chastising him for not having become a doctor, and brandishing her hypochondria and paranoia with sinister abandon. It is Sripathi's children,...



The Hero's Walk
Anita Rau Badami
1565123123
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Hero's Walk, the second novel by Anita Rau Badami, is a big, intimate book, the kind that seldom strays beyond the doors of a single residence. Set in the sweltering streets of Toturpuram, a small city on the Bay of Bengal, The Hero's Walk, which won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for best book in Canada and the Caribbean, explores the troubled life of Sripathi Rao, an unremarkable, middle-aged family man and advertising copywriter.

As The Hero's Walk opens, Sripathi's life is already in a state of thorough disrepair. His mother, a domineering, half-senile octogenarian, sits like a tyrant at the top of his household, frightening off his sister's suitors, chastising him for not having become a doctor, and brandishing her hypochondria and paranoia with sinister abandon. It is Sripathi's children,...



Perfectly Secret: The Hidden Lives of Seven Teen Girls
Susan Musgrave (Editor)
1550378643
September 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Seven women tell a story about a secret they kept as teens. They write about adultery, alcoholism, mental illness, rape, drug abuse, self-mutilation, and physical and sexual abuse. Collectively, these selections tell young people dealing with any of these issues that they are not alone. Thus, the stories offer reassurance. Taken together, they also lead readers to realize that secrets have tremendous power and enormous emotional costs. Each piece is sensitive, realistic, and well written.–Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brecksville, OH Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description
Seven essays from...


Perfectly Secret: The Hidden Lives of Seven Teen Girls
Susan Musgrave (Editor)
1550378651
September 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–Seven women tell a story about a secret they kept as teens. They write about adultery, alcoholism, mental illness, rape, drug abuse, self-mutilation, and physical and sexual abuse. Collectively, these selections tell young people dealing with any of these issues that they are not alone. Thus, the stories offer reassurance. Taken together, they also lead readers to realize that secrets have tremendous power and enormous emotional costs. Each piece is sensitive, realistic, and well written.–Laurie von Mehren, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brecksville, OH Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Book Description
Heartfelt, disarmingly honest, at time painful, these essays eloquently ...

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