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Books

Bill Bryson – At Home

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at home bill brysonThat book is a real treasure if you want to understand how things from everyday life came into existence and learn their stories. The book is full of interesting facts and human stories. It is written very entertaining and is easy to read. Some of the things you will learn are:
– why New York became the biggest city in US and probably made US a leading power
– why a fork has 4 prongs
– why central park hosted 200 sheep for a long time
– how modern park-like cemeteries came into existence
– why many vineyards in Europe got US roots
– how and who made ice widely adopted as a commodity
and many more..
Sounds interesting? Yeah, this book is for you.

Books

Woman on the other shore

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Woman on the other shoreWoman on the other shore is a book about the everyday life of a 35 year old japanese woman with a 3 yr old. It is an interesting look in the everyday life of japanese women with all their confusions, aspirations, limitations and prejudice.
From that book i understood that japanese women are very isolated, the society has strong prejudices about what a woman should do and how she should behave, especially the married ones with kids. I learned that the mother in law is a bully for the wife also in Japan and that the husbands often discourage  women to make career but rather be housewives and raise kids. Individualism and freedom among women is more of an exception than a rule. That’s why when Sayoko (main character) meets Aoi (her employer and an independent and individual woman) that is a a bliss for her. She manages to gather self esteem and take a new course. The author manages to touch all those themes by taking us through everyday events in the life of the two in a very entertaining way.