• This novel, essentially a fictionalized memoir of Ratner’s childhood experiences under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970′s, was somewhat unexpected both in its simplicity and in its tone....

    In the Shadow of the Banyan

    This novel, essentially a fictionalized memoir of Ratner’s childhood experiences under the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970′s, was somewhat unexpected both in its simplicity and in its tone….

  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity–Katherine Boo, (Random House, 2012) “Annawadi sat two hundred yards off the Sahar Airport Road, a stretch where new...

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity–Katherine Boo, (Random House, 2012) “Annawadi sat two hundred yards off the Sahar Airport Road, a stretch where new…

  • Home, by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012) “Their parents were so beat by the time they came home from work, any affection they showed was like a razor–sharp, short,...

    Home – Toni Morrison

    Home, by Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012) “Their parents were so beat by the time they came home from work, any affection they showed was like a razor–sharp, short,…