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On the Dark Side of Good

My dear readers, I have suggested in the past that a truly “good read” can’t be all that serious, but I have just read, perhaps, one of the finest books I have ever read and it is, by all definition, a truly dark book.  But, since I feel so strongly that it is a beautiful piece of literature that, as dark as it is, ultimately affirms life, so I’m going to recommend it as a “Good Read” anyway.   You have been warned!

Title: Stone Upon Stone
Author: Wieslaw Mysliwski
Translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston

Reviews can be found here.

This next recommendation is dark, but the tone of the writing is comedic and it does not feel as heavy as Stone Upon Stone (no pun intended).  But, it also stretches the limits of darkness allowable for a truly “good read” and I don’t recommend it for anyone who is sad or currently in a therapeutic process of any sort.  No reason to torture yourself, even for a truly excellent novel.

Title: The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
Author: Alina Bronsky
Translated from the German by Tim Mohr

Reviews can be found here.

Both of these recommended books are available through the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, for those of you who are local to the Burgh!  And, the Bronsky book is available as an e-book through the Library as well.

Enjoy!

These recommendations are made by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, Director of Yoga Matrika.  Yoga Matrika is an intimate little space in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh for exploring meditation, yoga and movement.  You are welcome to join us!

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