I advise you to read: the story of two families who adopted girls from Korea; about the mysterious book and its mysterious visitors, and how to survive the 20th century and survive.
“Aducerea America,” Anne Tyler
Native Americans are the Donaldsons and immigrants from Iran in the second generation Yazdani decide to adopt children from Korea. They face at the airport where both families waiting for the arrival of future daughters. So tie first a little strange relationship, in which both sides look at each other and then tight friendship. The book is a series of family celebrations: the anniversary of the arrival of the girls, their birthdays, Christmas for Christmas. Time flies almost as in life — look in no time, and now the girls have grown. The book is about how that family is not just those people with whom you connect the ties of kinship, but also those with whom you decide to associate themselves with the relationship itself.
Quote: “the Donaldsons did not enjoy special immunity when they began to make fun of the Americans. On the contrary, he denounced with special predilection. They were an easy target, especially Bitsy — in jute bags instead of dresses, with her desire to break all records in the consumption of organic food and incredible turns of speech.
— The funeral of his mother she called “a triumph” — said Themselves the kin, and said, “I Beg you both to attend the celebration of my mother”.
— Can grief misspoke? — sympathized with the father of Ziba.
— Shame on you, Sami! The donaldsons are our best friends. They are so good to us.
They really were very kind to them”.
“Life after life” Kate Atkinson
The main character, Ursula is born and before her there are several dozen options of how she would die. And all of them you will read in this strange but compelling book) the 20th century is long and complicated, two world wars, famine and disease, will be difficult to survive. Ursula dies barely born, still learning to breathe, because the doctor was late. It sinks a little, when turned on the beach the mother. It becomes infected with a deadly disease because of the Spanish flu decimated all without looking. Then dies at the hands of an abusive husband, to escape which fails. Then killed during a bombing. So many ways to live your life not what’s best for you. Each new time a little of Ursula remembers, like a distant feeling, about what happened in the past, and tries to avoid it. Will she make it in the end?
Quote: “the First impulse Ursula was to get out of bed, to shake Pamela along with her to run down to porassprosit Bridget about a noble festivities, but something stopped her. While she’d lain awake in the darkness, she felt some terrible wave, boundless fear, the harbinger of a terrible blow. The same feeling she had experienced before the war, on the coast of Cornwall, when Pamela drew her with him into the sea.”
“Hour bookstore Mr. Penumbra” Robin Sloan
A young guy named clay successfully works in the field of web design in the glorious city of San Francisco, while the owners of it companies, startups, not ruined completely. Clay really needs a job, but to take her nowhere — he has little experience, and the market at the bottom. So when his eye catches an ad that book store there is a salesman, he decides that all that is good, that will allow you to pay for the rent. Since the beginning of his immersion in the life-hour bookstore of Mr. Penumbra.
A book, meanwhile, in a strange and incomprehensible as all afloat. Popular best-selling books here. A day God forbid someone buys one. And at night come some types, which clay shall be recorded in a special statement, and which should give the mysterious book. About these books does not know even the Almighty Google. Clay decides to find out: what’s happening here? Moreover, to do something more than he is nothing special.
Quote: “I give the store three-dimensional jolt, and he twists around the specified axes. …. Returning to the counter, I see that the store is still spinning [laptop model], viras carousel… but something strange is happening to him.
At every turnover the swamp trajectory is in focus. For a moment it forms a picture, and… can’t be. I tap on the trackpad, stop the rotation and roll back. Swamp trajectory forms a clear pattern. And it fit the rest of the constellation. So finished, like marsh, is no more, but repeat the curve of his cheek, the slant of the century. The model turns to me directly as if I looked from the front door — almost from where I now sit, and the combination of points come alive. They depict the face.
The Face Of The Penumbra”.