Jane came across this book in a secondhand bookstore where she’s gone to look for something else—a book they didn’t have. As with many things of this nature, the accidental find turned out to be a gem. Uncommon Carriers, originally published in 2006, consists of essays most of which had been published in the The New Yorker.
An odd thing about the current uproar over immigration is its monumental lack of self-consciousness.
The intelligence and honesty with which Westover tells her story are compelling. The story is not simple, not black and white. She doesn’t offer pat excuses for her own mistakes or gloss over difficult issues.
The writing in this book is urgent, and exquisite. It grips you by the collar and takes you on a thrilling ride offering a new vision of the miraculous world of which we’re a part.
Isara (1989), is the the lightly fictionalized account of a period in the author’s father life. It is a small masterpiece, composed with such wisdom and understanding, such love and attention to detail, that one is ashamed to have known nothing about it all these years…….