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A Clean Kill
Leslie Glass
0451411897
June 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Manhattan's Upper East Side isn't a neighborhood that NYPD detective April Woo and Precinct Captain Mike Sanchez associate with grisly crimes-until the wife of a celebrity chef is slashed to death in her fashionable townhouse. The obvious suspect is her long-time nanny.


Subject Siam
Tamara Loos
0801443938
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Unlike its Southeast Asian neighbors, Thailand was never colonized by an imperial power. However, Siam (as Thailand was called until 1939) shared a great deal in common with both colonized states and imperial powers: its sovereignty was qualified by imperial nations while domestically its leaders pursued European colonial strategies of juridical control in the Muslim south. The creation of family law and courts in that region and in Siam proper most clearly manifests Siam’s dualistic position. Demonstrating the centrality of gender relations, law, and Siam’s Malay Muslims to the history of modern Thailand, Subject Siam examines the structures and social history of jurisprudence to gain insight into Siam’s unique position within Southeast Asian history. Tamara Loos elaborates on the processes of...


The Space Between Us
Thrity Umrigar
0060791551
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar's poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant, offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Alternatively told through the eyes of Sera, a Parsi widow whose pregnant daughter and son-in-law share her elegant home, and Bhima, the elderly housekeeper who must support her orphaned granddaughter, Umrigar does an admirable job of creating two sympathetic characters whose bond goes far deeper than that of employer and employee.

When we first meet Bhima, she is sharing a thin mattress with Maya, the granddaughter upon whom high hopes and dreams were placed, only to be shattered by an unexpected pregnancy and its disastrous consequences. As time goes on, we learn that Sera and her family have used their power and money time and time again...



Deception on His Mind
Elizabeth George
0553575090
October 1998
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
In Deception on His Mind Sergeant Barbara Havers places herself at the center of an investigation in Essex concerning the mysterious death of a recently arrived immigrant from Pakistan. Although still recovering from the broken ribs and nose (received at the end of In the Presence of the Enemy), Havers convinces herself that she needs to stay on the job in order to help her neighbor Taymullah Azhar and his elfin daughter Hadiyyah who have a familial connection to the dead man. As is typical with Elizabeth George's novels (this is the 10th in a popular and powerful series), the murder and its investigation are the central feature of the story. But in this case they are also the means by which she explores the Pakistani experience in a foreign and not always friendly culture. As Havers herself notes, the food may well have...


Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan
Ann Jones
0805078843
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In February 2003, Jones and her fellow NGO relief workers watched with disbelief and horror as Fox News declared the American war in Afghanistan a success—the Taliban totally defeated, all Afghan women "liberated" and the infrastructure completely restored. The reality they knew on the ground in Kabul was starkly different. Jones (Women Who Kill) presents her version of the events in this fascinating volume, which tours Kabul's streets, private homes, schools and women's prison. The political and military history of Afghanistan, as well as its cultural and religious traditions, inform Jones's daily interactions and observations. Describing an English class she taught, for example, Jones says, "Once, after I explained what blind date meant, a woman said, 'Like my wedding.' " Jones focuses particularly on...


Serving Crazy with Curry
Amulya Malladi
0345466128
October 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
In Malladi's third novel, following A Breath of Fresh Air (2002) and The Mango Season [BKL Ap 15 03], the characters keep referencing "bad Hindi movies." Indeed, the plot of this very readable novel does resemble something out of Bollywood, but the characters are drawn so clearly and strongly that readers will immediately be taken by the triumphs and tribulations of the Veturi family. Devastated after being fired from her job at a Silicon Valley startup and suffering a miscarriage, Devi feels she has strayed far outside the expectations of her traditional Indian family and attempts to commit suicide. However, her intrusive mother, a continual source of aggravation for Devi, saves her life. Devi then moves in with her parents, but she refuses to speak, taking up cooking instead. Channeling all her emotions...


Ancient Ones
Kirk Mitchell
0553579207
January 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The unearthing of what seems to be the 14,000-year-old skeleton of a male Caucasian from an Oregon riverbank raises important cultural issues in Mitchell's latest book (after 2000's Spirit Sickness) about Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigator Emmett Parker and FBI Special Agent Anna Turnipseed, who are both part-Native American. Not only does the discovery go against most theories of when Caucasians arrived in the area, it also looks as though Native Americans ate the victim. Add to this the disruptive presence of a beautiful young woman seeking to have the bones classified under a political hot potato called the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and you have enough story for any book. But Mitchell also spends a lot of time on another vital issue: Will Parker and Turnipseed ever have sex?...


The Silent Bride
Leslie Glass
0451410378
June 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The seventh installment in Glass's April Woo mystery series (Tracking Time, etc.) finds the 31-year-old NYPD detective on the trail of a deranged killer after a wealthy, young Orthodox Jewish bride is gunned down on her wedding day. Police initially suspect it's a religious hate crime, but Woo and her Latino lover, Lt. Mike Sanchez, swiftly shift gears when another bride is shot dead in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral less than a week later. In the midst of the investigation, Sanchez proposes to Woo despite his disapproving Catholic mother and Woo's own traditional, overbearing parents. Complicating matters further, Woo is asked to serve as maid of honor for her demanding sister-cousin, Ching, whose upcoming wedding has now been pronounced cursed by Woo's superstitious mother, Skinny Dragon. The author's flair...


Haveli
Suzanne Fisher Staples
0679865691
May 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised the "eloquent, unpretentious language" and "intoxicating blend of heart-pounding adventure and social issues" of this sequel to Shabanu. Ages 12-up. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews
In a follow-up to Shabanu (1989, Newbery Honor), the fourth wife of wealthy Pakistani landowner Rahim is still in her teens; her only child, Mumtaz, is nearly five. Though Shabanu is Rahim's favorite, she comes second to his political duties and must guard vigilantly against the scheming of his jealous older wives, suspicious of her desert origins and independent spirit; their plots go beyond cruel pranks to false accusations and threats of serious harm. While Rahim plans to consolidate family holdings through two marriages--of...


Martin Yan's Asian Favorites: From Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand
Martin Yan
1580083706
November 1901
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In Yan's slightly disappointing 24th book, the celebrity chef and host of Yan Can Cook travels across Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand, visiting street vendors, restaurant chefs and home cooks along the way. Part travelogue and part cookbook, the volume has the feel of a package tour with an enthusiastic guide who won't linger in any single place. Taiwan, with its little-known cuisine, is, according to Yan, a lazy Susan: "Take a quick spin, and you can experience all the delights China has to offer!" Hong Kong, where he began his career as a 13-year-old restaurant apprentice, is "an international crossroad as well as a culinary hotspot," while Thailand's hotels have "a top-notch reputation for hospitality," and so on. The simplicity of Yan's recipes will appeal to readers who are intimidated by long lists of...


Loving Time
Leslie Glass
0553572091
November 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From the author of Hanging Time and Burning Time comes an intense thriller centering around the suspicious death of a former psychiatric patient, Raymond Cowles. Fourteen years before he's found dead with a plastic bag over his head, Cowles was "cured" of his homosexual fantasies by the beautiful and ambitious Clara Treadwell, then a resident at the New York Psychiatric Centre. Now Treadwell, currently director of the center, and her former mentor, Harold Dickey, face allegations of malpractice and sexual impropriety arising from Cowles's death. Detective April Woo and Sergeant Mike Sanchez of the NYPD quickly become twin thorns in Treadwell's side, and romance blossoms between them. When someone begins playing malicious gags on Treadwell (used condoms planted in her desk-drawer and daybook), she blames Dickey,...

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