Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Wild isn’t what I would usually class as “my sort of book”, for no reason other than the fact I don’t often read non-fiction work, and especially not memoirs. In fact, despite the fact that when looking for inspiration of books to read this year someone had suggested it, I had turned my nose up at the idea of it. After seeing, and enjoying, the film, I changed my mind.
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Orange is the New Black: My Time in a Women’s Prison – Piper Kerman
I was pretty late to the Orange is the New Black Party. Not having Netflix meant I wasn’t able to watch the series when it was first released despite knowing lots of people who had fallen in love with it. When I finally did start watching it at the end of January, I watched the entire series over the space of about two weeks, and like everyone else, I was left wanting more (and am counting down the days until the 6th of June. So, left wanting more, I decided to read the memoir upon which the series was based.
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Is That a Fish in Your Ear?: Translation and the Meaning of Everything – David Bellos
I’ve read a lot of books that have been translated into English this year, and some of them have really made me think about the mechanics of translation as it were. How accurately can you render true meaning, both linguistic and cultural in a different language? How can someone who only speaks English really understand the works of a Japanese, or Russian author, even when reading in translation? Is that a Fish in Your Ear? is an in-depth story of the history of inter-lingual communication, both written and spoken.
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