• 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, […]