Monday, January 9, 2012

[January 9th, Notable Book Mention] "Inside Out and Back Again" by Thanhha Lai

I'm in the midst of preparations for an exam, which has sucked every free minute that I may have outside work, so I can't necessarily discuss the topics that I want, but be sure that I will return on Wednesday and Friday with the regular features and some news as well.

In the mean time, here is one of the books that I desperately want to read. Notable Book Mention "1" is the autobiographical YA "Inside Out and Back Again" by Thanhha Lai. 

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. 

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family. 

This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.