Review: America Deconstructed by Chaithanya Sohan and Shaima Adin

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I’ve talked about this book a few times on the blog but I’m so glad I now get the chance to review it, after first hearing about this two years ago! The authors have put a lot of work into these stories and now the release date is so close! Read on for my thoughts and how you can get your hands on the book, coming out next month:

America Deconstructed by Chaithanya Sohan and Shaima Adin
Genre: Non-fiction | Short Stories
Release date: February 12th, 2019

Naseer was nine years old when he escaped Taliban and fled Afghanistan. His story, “There are some people who are coming to take me away”, chronicles the resilience of a nine year old boy as he traveled from Afghanistan to America in his quest for the American dream.

“I saw a ripe mango I’d like to pluck” showcases the love story of Chidibere and Ifeyinwa and their struggles with language, culture and being African in America.

In the story “Kosovo, really…cool”, Lisian takes us through his journey to America and often being asked his identity in spite of being white.

In the story, “I am exotic, mocha, P-diddy”, Parag describes his journey from a young sixth grader who hid his attraction to boys in conservative India to embracing his sexuality in America.

America Deconstructed follows the journeys of sixteen immigrants as they maneuver cultural differences, accents and uncomfortable situations while feeling a sense of belonging in America.

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This is quite an eclectic mix of stories – from where these immigrants are traveling from, to where in the States they end up, and how they’v enjoyed life in a new country. While each story generally focuses on each person’s initial reactions to America, some come as piecemeal with short, interesting facts about the differences that struck them, and others follow more of a chronological order, from when they left their home country to becoming accustomed to the US.

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Friday Recap

I have a couple posts in the works but I lost all motivation this week so how about a recap of some bookish and non-bookish things in my life?

It has been a TIME back at school and I’m trying not to get stuck feeling drained before any of the real work starts. It’s definitely gonna be an uphill struggle for a while but I can see a little bit of light when everything will start to slow down (March is gonna be a really good month, I can’t wait!).

Reading news is much funner to report on so let’s get into it!

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Mini Reviews: Book Club Edition

Some more reviews as I attempt to stay on top of a consistent posting schedule!

I’m sharing a few more of my 2018 reads today, but this time they’re all ones I read with my book club. We choose a theme each month (drawn out of a hat) and then pitch books for the theme and vote on them in a poll. These ones below were, I believe, for the themes: long book, romance, fairytale, and steampunk!

We have a cap at 350 pages so over winter break we often read a long book since we have more time. This is a book club within my faculty so we all have homework concerns!


Long book: The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Vol. 1 by Daniel Krauszebulon image

This is a weird and gory and very, very long book that kind of goes nowhere but I still really enjoyed reading it. It’s like a twisted version of history as you follow this boy who was killed when he was eighteen but somehow is still able to walk around. I was really hoping for more answers out of this book but it seems to just be drawing it out as long as possible.

One of our members spoiled the ending of the second volume for us (with our permission!) so I’m glad to get some understanding of the story but I don’t think I can really be bothered to continue with it, despite enjoying this first part. Continue reading