Sunday, May 25, 2014

Book of the Week: ‘We Need New Names’ by NoViolet Bulawayo

How a child sees the world and how an immigrant might view his or her new home: I often wonder how different the two vantage points are. Obviously an adult has life experience, years of decoding the hidden meanings behind words, and the various influences that drive people to do good and bad. 

This is where the old sports saying about how you can’t put a dollar value on experience comes into play, but there are books that show me that the immigrant experience can be just as strange, scary, and, if described well, magical as any tale involving a child navigating unfamiliar terrain. … Read 

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