Violeta, Isabel Allende

Book Review: Violeta

Violeta is the latest work from Chilean writer Isabel Allende.  Violeta is a South American epic that buffets readers through a tumultuous lesson in South American history—economic collapse, dictatorship, hurricane, earthquake, and more. It's historical fiction that doesn't read like historical fiction. Instead, it reads like a memoir—profoundly personal and intimate at times. (Allende left Chile … Continue reading Book Review: Violeta

convenience store woman

Book Review: Convenience Store Woman

If you're asking yourself why this book review begins with information about konbinis, stick with me for minute. If you've never been to Japan, you might be surprised to know how popular convenience stores, "konbinis," actually are. There are more than 56,000 in Japan ( as of 2020).  Konbini's are in almost every neighborhood and … Continue reading Book Review: Convenience Store Woman