It's part coming-of-age, part feminine awakening.
The book traces back the history of Arab immigration to São Paulo. An Arab culture aficionada, Colli had a stint living in the Brás neighborhood of the city, where she found out about the history of Hospedaria do Brás, a public lodge which welcomes immigrants from multiple nationalities, including Syrian and Lebanese.
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This was a fun, quirky, and satirical read. I don't normally go for these sorts of books and don't find "funny" books funny, but this one had me laughing at points.
I learned a ton, starting with saliva is basically filtered blood. Loved the author's voice, which was witty and amusing, without being forced
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Well-written and thought-provoking, The Scent Keeper is the read you didn't know you needed.
The Morning they Came for Us is one of those books you don't read, but experience. If you're human, you will feel, and you will feel deeply. I recommend setting aside time to both read and take breaks to reflect while reading, especially with the descriptions of torture and violence.
I've been noticing more and more books coming out about nature, the environment, and our connection with the world. These go beyond, "the environment is failing and we're the cause," to more, "we are nature, contained within, yet separate," and "reconnect with nature and recognize the beauty and depth of the natural world.
All in all, a decent contemporary YA book, with heavy topics that are easily digestible by YA readers.