The Forbidden Goodbye of a Husband’s Suicide
Written by the wife of a man who committed suicide, this is a very harrowing and moving tale. It was not enough that her husband committed suicide, a fact she has had to live with, but then she was arraigned by the police and charged with involuntary manslaughter and assisted suicide, leading to proceedings in court before a jury.
Another book with strong local content, Thai Kiss (ISBN978-1-938369-02-5, Aardwolfe Books, 2013) was written by Matt Carrell and is his second book, the first being “Thai Lottery... and Other Stories from Pattaya.” This was a collection of short stories, and Thai Kiss is his first true novel.
With the subtitle “An Indian Adventure”, “Confessions of a Coward” is a collection of real-life experiences of Kirsty Turner, a traveler who spent nine months in the Indian sub-continent (ISBN 978-616-222-234-4, 2013, self-published). The back cover paints her as a novice, but the brief bio states that she is a seasoned travel writer!
It was the day after the Asiana Airways crash in San Francisco that I was browsing in the Bookazine in The Avenue and spotted this book called Inflight Science (A Guide to the World from your Airplane Window), written by Brian Clegg (ISBN 978-184831-305-7, Icon Books, 2012). My interest was piqued immediately.
An old hand in Thailand, Harlan Wolff is a Private Investigator (PI) who has worked in Bangkok since 1977. Deliberately keeping a low profile, because of his work, this book is a breakaway from his usual under the radar life.
This book, A Little History of the World (ISBN 978-0-300-14332-4, Yale University Press, first paperback edition (in English 2008, but was first published in German in 1936) was written by Art historian E.H. Gombrich.
Paul Theroux is a prolific writer with 14 fiction novels and 11 non-fiction books. This latest fiction is The Lower River (ISBN978-0-241-95774-5, Penguin, 2013), which is set in Africa. Theroux is well known for his incisive travel writings and for his attention to detail, and that is seen both in his fiction and non-fiction writings.
Something quite different this week. In many ways, Lovely Love (ISBN 978-981-08-0044-4, Tawandhamma Foundation, 2008) and written by a Buddhist monk Luang Phaw Dhammajayo, comes under the heading of ‘self-help’ books, not one of my favorite genres for reading, or review.
This book was reviewed six years ago, and was a very popular title. However, all the pitfalls are still present, so the book remains current. You may have to ‘amazon’ it.
Having reviewed some autobiographies of rock stars recently, I was given a copy of a biography of one of Britain’s richest men, with the background being Formula 1 motor racing. The book, No Angel (ISBN 978-0-571-26936-5, Faber and Faber 2012), has as a subtitle “The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone,” the owner of the F1 rights, and these days a multi billionaire, but someone who came from an impoverished background, both financially and emotionally.