Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic!
Next month, our Fiction Book Discussion Group will be led by former head of Public Services, Sherry Evans. All are welcome to read Family Life by Akhil Sharma.
The Mishras come to America in the late-1970s, the father first, in the wake of new U.S. immigration laws and the Indian Emergency, when the narrator, Ajay, is eight, and his brother Birju is 12. There are lovely scenes of their life in Delhi before they leave, the mother making wicks from the cotton in pill bottles, the parade of neighbors when their plane tickets to America arrive.
For further reading, Sherry has compiled a list of novels all about the immigrant experience!
Titles are linked to our library catalog so you can easily request each book.
See also Cathy’s Hidden Gems post on Eastern Europe/Russian immigrant stories!
The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Good Braider by Terry Farish
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberta Urrea
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
My New American Life by Francine Prose
The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
What is the What by Dave Eggers
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The library’s Fiction Book Club will meet on Monday, March 13 at 1 PM and 7 PM to discuss Akhil Sharma’s Family Life. Come to either session to share your thoughts on this novel. Copies are available for checkout with a PPL card. For more information about our book discussion groups, visit our website.