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25 Jan: The Slipper

The Slipper is a classic tale of love and loss portrayed in the most unconventional style. Included are lovable, colorful characters such as Meetu, Vishnu, maa and baap who’s humor infuses a serious subject matter in a very unique, warm and touching manner. What happens when a headstrong teen falls for an unsuitable suitor? What becomes of her future when her strict parents desire another path? And what ensues years later when Meetu’s past catches up with her future? You think you have all of the answers but the story-line is anything but standard.


25 Jan: Blessed Destruction

Lina LaRay Char was introduced to a different chapter of her life after ending up homeless. Experience taught her to work twice as hard to achieve her goals and work ten times harder to keep what she succeeded in gaining. Struggle motivates you to make a difference but what comes after success? What happens after you reached your goal? Just when Lina seemed to be moving in the right direction, she met Christopher Alack: A Narcotic Detective. Lina’s life took a drastic turn which consisted of love, lies, surprises and broken promises. The sweetest enemy is usually the person who is fairly close to you. Lina realized that love can pave the perfect path for enemies to do the unthinkable but only faith in God can bring you out of the toughest situations. Lina grew accustomed to dealing with the unexpected but she eventually questioned what comes after experiencing the worst?


24 Jan: Living with Intention: Create Contribute Celebrate

LIVING WITH INTENTION –Commit, Contribute, Celebrate Determination, faith, focus, self-discipline and consistency can really make anything a reality. LIVING WITH INTENTION offers readers a glimpse into that world that makes every day a masterpiece, even with life’s challenges – the struggle, strength, survival and endurance, but also commemorates the beauty, honour, love, compassion and forgiveness. This book takes you to the core of survival, to the importance of how to love yourself and why we celebrate. LIVING WITH INTENTION will inspire you to want to do because in the doing you become. This book will motivate those who are still struggling to be the best version of themselves. This book encourages readers to take a moment to peek into the reality of my world. LIVING WITH INTENTION holds in its hands, the importance of adding value to others, the benefits of personal growth, the capability to heal, to reflect, to embrace, to build, and to gently nurture all who reads it. My attitude to life and all its manifestations have been adjusted and my expectations on living and all its interactions have been realigned. I have recognized that the human resource is the most valuable resource there is. I feel poised to share some of my new-found strengths and distribute my unique methods of sustainable cooperation within a world prone to maximizing profit and winning material conquests. This Book is a testimony of my faith in a stellar journey, indeed – when God made a way when it seemed there was no way.


23 Jan: Breakout: Surviving Abuse and Alcoholism. This is My Story.

Breakout by Sukree Boodram is a stunning memoir about an Indian woman who survives abuse and alcoholism and winds up triumphant. There have been many books about breaking free from an abuser or an alcoholic, but now, in Breakout, Sukree Boodram tells the story of how she, a woman from the West Indies, had to shatter the traditions she grew up to appreciate in order to free herself emotionally and physically. A naïve young wife, she was married for twenty-one years to an alcoholic husband who was verbally and emotionally abusive. Enveloped by her culture and her tradition not to reveal any personal problems or suffering to outsiders, choosing not to ask for help or to stand up to her husband, Boodram found herself in a bind without any real support. As her children grew into their teens, she finally made a crucial decision. Relying on her own optimistic nature, strength, and bravery, she reveals how she was able to break free from the painful structure of her marriage, to leave it behind and attempt to build a new life. Deeply honest, beautifully written, and brave, Breakout by Sukree Boodram shows readers how there is always hope, no matter how dire the circumstances. As Boodram charts her emotional growth, she shows step-by-step how she was able to protect her children and herself and exit her marriage safely. A revelatory story of a person’s courage, Breakout is also a gorgeous story of heartbreak, disappointment, and survival, showing that our own inner strength can always be counted on, and that one can always triumph over the odds.circumstances. Some Excerpts/Quotes Below: “Facing the Truth: Alcoholism” “Our problems are ours to fix, not someone else’s responsibility.” “Throughout the process, I have learned a lot about alcoholism. I learned that alcoholism is a mental illness and a disease. It can be caused by a family history of drinking, drinking being viewed as an acceptable social behavior in a culture or community, or keeping company and drinking with others who are already drinking heavily. Alcoholism is a progressive disease, becoming worse over time, and can eventually be fatal. Overuse of alcohol can cause both physical and psychological problems for the drinker. Physical signs can include withdrawal symptoms like ‘the shakes’ that can be observed visually when an alcoholic suddenly stops drinking. Other physical health problems can include liver disease, gastritis, anemia, and nervous disorders. There could also be psychological problems such as impairment in thinking, and changes in mood and behavior. These changes can sometimes lead to issues such as strained interpersonal relationships, marriage problems, child abuse, and domestic abuse. In many cases a person can begin to have issues with work or school, sometimes leading to costly legal and financial problems. I learned that denial is a key part of the disease and becomes a major obstacle to recovery. Denial can cause a person to believe they have control over drinking and how much they can drink, this impairment in thinking can cause a person to deny having a drinking problem. The denial may not be intentional; to those who are outside of the disease, it could appear that the alcoholic simply does not want to make a change.” ______________________________________________________________________ “As I continue to learn about the disease, I am also trying really hard to keep an open mind and not to blame the person or the disease. This can be very difficult at times, but I know my knowledge is in its infancy stages and it would be premature to blame either. However, I have resolved never to give power over my life to someone else.” “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.”-Ghandi


21 Jan: Of Marriageable Age

‘It’s a wonderful panoramic story and conveys such vivid pictures of the countries it portrays I was immediately transported and completely captivated. A terrific writer.’ Barbara Erskine

A vast canvas of memorable characters across a kaleidoscope of cultures… her epic story feels like an authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.’ The Observer

A spellbinding story of forbidden love. Three continents, three decades, three very disparate lives:

Savitri, intuitive and charismatic, grows up among the servants of a pre-war English household in Madras. But the traditional customs of her Brahmin family clash against English upper-class prejudice, threatening her love for the privileged son of the house.

Nataraj, raised as the son of an idealistic doctor in rural South India, finds life in London heady, with girls and grass easily available… until he is summoned back home to face raw reality.

Saroj, her fire hidden by outward reserve, comes of age in Guyana, South America. When her strict, orthodox Hindu father goes one step too far she finally rebels against him… and even against her gentle, apparently docile Ma.

But Ma harbours a deep secret… one that binds these three so disparate lives and hurtles them towards a truth that could destroy their world.

‘A big book, big themes, an exotic background and characters that will live with you forever.’ Katie Fforde

‘Beautifully and cleverly written. A wondrous, spellbinding story which grips you from the first to the last page… I can’t recall when I last enjoyed a book so much.’ Lesley Pearse

From the first page I was hooked with this enchanting book… unputdownable.’ Audrey Howard


21 Jan: Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture

In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie”—the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many coolies, disappeared into history. In Coolie Woman—shortlisted for the 2014 Orwell Prize—her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. Traversing three continents and trawling through countless colonial archives, Bahadur excavates not only her great-grandmother’s story but also the repressed history of some quarter of a million other coolie women, shining a light on their complex lives.

Shunned by society, and sometimes in mortal danger, many coolie women were either runaways, widows, or outcasts. Many of them left husbands and families behind to migrate alone in epic sea voyages—traumatic “middle passages”—only to face a life of hard labor, dismal living conditions, and, especially, sexual exploitation. As Bahadur explains, however, it is precisely their sexuality that makes coolie women stand out as figures in history. Greatly outnumbered by men, they were able to use sex with their overseers to gain various advantages, an act that often incited fatal retaliations from coolie men and sometimes larger uprisings of laborers against their overlords. Complex and unpredictable, sex was nevertheless a powerful tool.

Examining this and many other facets of these remarkable women’s lives, Coolie Woman is a meditation on survival, a gripping story of a double diaspora—from India to the West Indies in one century, Guyana to the United States in the next—that is at once a search for one’s roots and an exploration of gender and power, peril and opportunity. 

17 Jan: Warm Bread and Honey Cake: Home Baking from Around the World

Containing a mix of familiar family favorites and unusual, exotic delicacies, this comprehensive collection of recipes for breads, cakes, biscuits and pastries is also a well-researched exploration of home-baking techniques and global ethnic history. Inspired by her multicultural background the author has drawn inspiration from all over the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America.<P> All the recipes are simple to follow and beautifully photographed, with any unusual techniques illustrated step-by-step for ease. Try your hand at Azorean honey cake or Jamaican hard dough bread. Let your family's taste buds thrill to Azerbaijani cream cheese baklava or Dutch brown sugar coils.<P> The combination of delicious recipes and fascinating historical and anecdotal text make this book a fantastic read–a must for any home cook looking to truly broaden their repertoire or with an interest in the culture of food.