I just finished "Love in the Driest Season" by Neely Tucker. A riveting
memoir of an American journalist's struggle to adopt a Zimbabwean orphan
in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a rising wave of anti-American,
anti-journalist propaganda from the Zimbabwean government. The book
chronicles Tucker's struggles with the overburdened, disinterested
social welfare bureaucracy to save his daughter from being returned to
an orphanage where children are dying by the dozens, and to get out of
the country before he, as a foreign correspondant, becomes a target for
imprisonment or worse.
And I finally read "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
Best book I've read in a long time. For those of you who live even
further under a rock than I and have not read this, it's a fascinating
peeling-the-onion story of a librarian who travels involuntarily through
time, arriving naked in places connected to his past or future life.
It's a love story, though a complicated one, as the title character,
Claire, moves normally through time, and Henry does not, so they often
encounter each other out-of-sync, one knowing more about the past or
future of both than the other does.
This is one of my favorite PUBLIB traditions! Thanks to David for
getting the ball rolling!
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