This novel tells the story of Alma Whittaker, the only daughter of Philadelphia's richest man. She is a brilliant botanist, and lucky enough to be born on the cusp of the industrial revolution and great scientific advancement. The book will take you on an adventure from Alma's home in Philadelphia, to Tahiti, and beyond. A great read!
Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following, almost a cult, around the world. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to overcome all of the obstacles in his path (and they are many). What starts out as a journey to find riches turns into a discovery of the treasure found within, including love.
Not only does Eunsun Kim explain her life while on the run, but she paints a story of what living in North Korea was like and the culture shock she experienced when her and her family finally reached Seoul. She writes about the Kim's family regime and its impact, hiding in China for multiple years, and the noticeable differences between living in the North versus the South. She began to flee from North Korea when she was only 11 years old, but instead of drowning in hate and anger, she tells her story with the hope and optimism that she feels for herself and for her people.
When I 'found' this new author from Iceland, I was very excited to find another woman author in the horror genre. This is a scary, moody ghost story. It won the Icelandic Crime Fiction Award and was nominated for The Glass Key Award.