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Orphaned as a boy, raised in the Czech countryside by his doting grandparents, Jakub Procházka has risen from small-time scientist to become the country's first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions. Alone in Deep Space, Jakub's only companion is a possibly imaginary giant alien spider. Over philosophical conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair forms a bond every bit as intense and affectionate as it is unlikely. Will it be enough to see him through a clash with secret Russian rivals, and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?

In exhilarating passages that delight us wi…

Presently Reading. ARC

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pub date May 2, 2017

On the eve of her daughter Alia’s wedding, Salma reads the girl’s future in a cup of coffee dregs. She sees an unsettled life for Alia and her children; she also sees travel, and luck. While she chooses to keep her predictions to herself that day, they will all soon come to pass when the family is uprooted in the wake of the Six-Day War of 1967. Salma is forced to leave her home in Nablus; Alia’s brother gets pulled into a politically militarized world he can’t escape; and Alia and her gentle-spirited husband move to Kuwait City, where they reluctantly build a life with their three children. When Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, Alia and her family once again lose their home, their land, and their story as they know it, scattering to Beirut, Paris, Boston, and beyond. Soon Alia’s children begin families of their own, once again navigating the burdens (and blessings) of assimilation in foreign cities. Lyrical and heartbreaki…

NO HOME by Yaa Gyasi. ( French Edition )

My favorite read this year so far. 

Home Going (English edition) or No Home ( French edition)

Reading French edition
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French Synopsis

XVIIIe siècle, au plus fort de la traite des esclaves. Effia et Esi naissent de la même mère, dans deux villages rivaux du Ghana. La sublime Effi a est mariée de force à un Anglais, le capitaine du Fort de Cape Coast. Leur chambre surplombe les cachots où sont enfermés les captifs qui deviendront esclaves une fois l’océan traversé. Effi a ignore que sa soeur Esi y est emprisonnée, avant d’être expédiée en Amérique où des champs de coton jusqu’à Harlem, ses enfants et petits- enfants seront inlassablement jugés pour la couleur de leur peau. La descendance
d’Effia, métissée et éduquée, connaît une autre forme de souffrance : perpétuer sur place le commerce triangulaire familial puis survivre dans un pays meurtri pour des générations.
Navigant brillamment entre Afrique et Amérique, Yaa Gyasi écrit le destin d’une famille à l’arbre généalogique brisé par…