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Writer Ru Freeman reminds us of our responsibilities to our fellow human beings in...

Bon Courage: Essays on Inheritance, Citizenship, and a Creative Life, by Ru Freeman, Etruscan Press, $19.00, 228 Pages Ru Freeman—activist, essayist, and novelist—offers us an eclectic, powerful and insightful essay collection. The topics range from...

Japanese murder mystery novel explores family bonds, the many ramifications of sacrifice

Keigo Higashino is a best-selling author in Japan, who has won major awards and who is also internationally recognized for his mystery novels. The Final Curtain, a police procedural, is the fourth in his...

Here are four engaging South Asian books for the cold weather season

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Suntano A sixty-something widow, Vera Wong, who owns a tea shop in San Francisco’s Chinatown, lives alone in an upstairs apartment. Lively, quirky, and a connoisseur...

The Making of Singapore

Located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, the tiny island of Singapore is considered a modern success story. The city-state is a global financial center, boasts a high per capita income, and...

Three cookbooks offer flavors from near and far

The food books reviewed below, diverse though they may be, have one element in common: An appreciation of flavors and an eagerness to share stories and research work. Khabaar: An immigrant Journey of Food, Memory and...

It’s a new year. Get ready to eat, cook and read

Although there is no shortage of food books in the contemporary American cooking scene, two recent titles stand out, both with a British connection.   On the Himalayan Trail: Recipes and Stories from Kashmir to Ladakh...

This winter, cook Indian, Sri Lankan or Malaysian-style

Three recent Asian cookbooks, all of whom have been well-received, offer a wealth of flavors, family anecdotes, and cultural tips.  Rambutan: Recipes from Sri Lanka by Cynthia Shanmugalingam, Bloomsbury Publishing, 335 Pages, $35. Cynthia Shanmugalingam, a...

Two books look at India through a different lens

Although much has been written about India, two new titles of narrative nonfiction offer fresh perspectives. Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India by Suchitra Vijayan, Melville House Publishing, $29.99, 315 Pages Indian-born Suchitra Vijayan,...

An extra helping of food

Author Rabia Chaudry (“Adnan’s Story”) has a new offering, a coming-of-age memoir. It deals with food, family, the difficulty of trying to maintain an ideal weight, and a quest for what’s important in life. Chaudry’s...

A smart and twisty thriller tale

Amanda Jayatissa who received acclaim for her debut psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl, now returns with another offering. It’s a thriller in the same category, perhaps even more suspenseful, and which will surely establish...