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You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins | Thoughts

Published in: 2017
Format read in: ebook
Location: US, Ghana, India
Rating: 3/5Why I read it: I hadn't heard of this book until I was browsing through Goodreads Recommend lists. I was craving some Asian fiction and this sounded good from the synopsis.One line review: A decent picture of an Indian American life that focuses more on familial relationships and how the different generations adapt, but one that does not do their characters justice or truly focus on one theme.Who should read it: If you're a Mitali Perkins fan or want to understand more about immigrants, you may enjoy this. There's something about putting words on a page in private that makes me feel powerful in public.Thoughts:Sisters Tara and Sonia move to Flushing, New York from London when their father gets a job there. Until then, they were Londonites to the core, but were now ready to accept New York as their new home. Tara was especially good at imbibing new cultures and even transforming herself pretty rapidl…

Father's Day and Yummy Breakfasts | This Week's Five

1. Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the wonderful dads out there. This is the husband's first as a father, of course, and Shreya I got him a Fitbit to replace the old Flex that has been giving him a lot of trouble lately. I love that the newer Fitbits show the step count (and more stats) right on the screen of the gadget itself.

2. The Storm

We had a big bad storm hit our area on Thursday night. The news had been warning about it all day but I confess not to have taken it seriously. We get thunderstorms often and sure, they do sound scary when they happen and also move our grill from one place to another in the back deck, but they have never done more damage than out the power for a while. However, this was the worst storm I had ever seen/heard. In retrospect, I realized that we should have headed straight to the basement but that thought didn't hit me then. I woke up in the morning to see a huge white rectangular something in our front yard. I figured it was some board that belonged to a neighbor but when I went to check the backyard, I saw a whole fence section ripped out.



We managed to put it back together later but it took a lot of work to align it perfectly.

3. Reading to the Babe

Shreya has finally been showing interest in books and this mom cannot be any happier. I love how she brings the book over to someone and snuggles close to sit on the person's lap and then watches the book with so much rapt attention that it's just adorable. Her favorite book right now is a farm animals book, with us making animal sounds and she grinning and laughing. She also loves Sandra Boynton's books, of which I am a big fan too!

4. This breakfast

Lately, I have been adding coconut milk to a lot of dishes. We do traditionally add it to many Indian dishes, but I recently discovered breakfast recipes that use this ingredient and I have been taking full advantage of that. This morning, I made this amazing too-good-to-be-real Chia pudding parfait.



Chia seeds in coconut milk is just heaven. Mm, I could eat it every day. But this parfait was even better - it has all my favorite foods - almond flour, apples, almond butter, coconut milk, nuts, and chia seeds.

5. Toni Morrison

I finally finished my first Toni Morrison book - God Help the Child. She is one of the authors I have been intimidated by her for a long time but now I can finally say that I have read one of her books and am looking forward to more. Although I was somewhat underwhelmed by the book itself, it is certainly ambitious in its ideas and I can see how she can be a challenging author to read.


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