Blogger Book Fair:K of Blog Goggles

It's Wednesday, so you know what that means: another installment of the Blogger Book Fair! Take it away, Blog Goggles!

The Piano Teacher, Janice Y.K. Lee

Set in the expat community of Hong Kong in the 1940s and '50s, The Piano Teacher has everything I look for in a novel: crazy love triangles, death and poverty, rich people leading fancy lives, and events and places I can relate to. It's been one of the most popular reads in Hong Kong for months, but the summary on the back made it sound so boring that I never picked it up (same thing happened with the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao... big mistake). Luckily, my mom (visiting from the States) left it in my apartment. Moral of the story - if you're at all curious what life is like in Hong Kong, read this book, then add 50 years of modernity (but keep the champagne and beach). If you're not curious about life in Hong Kong, read it anyway, because it's a fabulous book.

The Fifth Child, Doris Lessing

I love horror and sci fi. I also love great literature. Put them together and you get The Fifth Child. In short, the Lovatts have the perfect life until their fifth child is born. He's creepy and awful, and basically ruins everything. But in a wonderfully creepy and thought-provoking way. If horror isn't for you, I'd love to recommend anything else by Doris Lessing. She's awesome.

Before Bonk, I'd read Roach's Stiff, which discussed death and corpses in a way that gave me nightmares for weeks. Luckily, Bonk inspired a different set of dreams. It's a nonfiction book that explores the burgeoning field of sex research in the most entertaining way possible - in part, anecdotally. Roach is witty and insightful and fun, and I will definitely read anything else she comes out with (as long as they do not involve any more dead bodies).

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