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10 Books for the September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge

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The September #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt Is…

A lot of the books we see in the bookstore was originally written in English, by American and British authors. This leads to biases in our books that we may not always detect. Once in a while, we should all stop and try to look at the world from another perspective. This month, our #WotNReadingChallenge prompt is to read a book in translation.

10 Books in Translation for the #WotNReadingChallenge

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeThis collection of short stories is just slightly disturbing, like strange noises in a dark house. A wonderfully spooky read for fall.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallengeMy Brilliant Friend is the first of the Neapolitan novels, which follow a fierce friendship through two lifetimes. Many women have described this series as really understanding what female friendship is like. This book was recently turned into an HBO series.

The Odyssey by Homer

The Odyssey by Homer - translated by Emily WilsonThis epic poem is a classic accessible to everyone. After the Trojan War (ended in The Illiad), Odysseus tries to go home. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy for him. If you want a new perspective on this classic, read the recent translation by Emily Wilson.

The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera - translated by Lisa DillmanIn an unnamed country, a plague rages. A man for hire tries to bring the bodies of two young people to their angry patriarchs before disaster strikes.

A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - translated by Michael MeyerNora has always acted like a ditzy wife. However, something she did years ago has come back to bite her, and she’s not sure what to do next. The ending of the play was seen as incredibly radical for its time, and made it an instant classic.

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino - translated by Alexander O. SmithAfter her abusive ex-husband ends up dead on her floor, Yasuko Hanaoka needs help. Her neighbor gets rid of the body for her, but all is not well. The Tokyo Police and their consultant Dr. Yukawa (also known as Professor Galileo) are on the case. This is not a whodunnit, but a nailbiting how-will-they-solve-it.

Human Acts by Han Kang

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Human Acts by Han Kang - translated by Deborah SmithHuman Acts follows the lives of various people touched by a death. It’s really beautifully written, and will lead the reader to consider local consequences of violent action.

Confessions by Kanae Minato

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Confessions by Kanae Minato - translated by Stephen SnyderThis nontraditional mystery is told in monologues. On her last day of classes, a professor tells her class how her daughter really died. However, this revelation has consequences of its own.

Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada

September 2019 #WotNReadingChallenge Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada - translated by Louise Heal KawaiA house party gathers in a remote location. One day, they wake up to find a member of their party murdered in a locked room. A classic mystery premise in a house of terrible people.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - translated by Aylmer and Louise MaudeThis epic novel follows the trials of Russians on and off the battlefield during Napoleon’s invasion. You can’t exactly carry this 1000+ page book around in your handbag, but sitting and reading it is worth your time.

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Siobhan is a 25 year old library professional with an MS in search of her library.

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