Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Choose Your Own Adventure

Who needs planes, trains and automobiles? You can still get away this summer by traveling through these new novels’ imagined worlds. Ticket prices are low, security’s a breeze, and you still get to select your dream destination.

Turn to: The Painter from Shanghai , by Jennifer Cody Epstein
Why: Because every seductive detail of famous 20th-century painter Pan Yuliang’s life story (she's sold into a brothel at 14 and later flees to Paris because of her controversial painted nudes) makes your life melt away.

Turn to: Real World , by Natsuo Kirino
Why: Her unflinching depiction of five Tokyo teens unravels the truth about Japan’s youth — uncovering why they aren’t merely obsessed with cartoon characters and murder can seem like joyful escape.

Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Sicily
Turn to: The Size of the World by Joan Silber
Why: Just because you’re not leaving familiar digs to shack up in a foreign country doesn’t mean reading about characters who do— while engaging in cross-cultural affairs and suspect business ventures — won’t be just as transformative.

www.leichic.comWhere: North Africa, Europe and Americaa
Turn to: Theft by N.S. Koenings
Why: These five entrancing stories leap across continents, collide with global cultures, and illuminate desires universal to all characters, including a Belgian socialite awakened by her American goddaughter, a British medium haunted by an African ghost, or you—local girl with nose in a book.

www.leichic.comWhere: Philippines
Turn to: Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
Why: Spirited 12-year-old Nenita searches for the heart of her life, in love, friendship, travel, stories, and of course food. 

www.leichic.comWhere: 1930s Honolulu
Turn to: Murder Casts a Shadow by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
Why: Bishop Museum’s portrait of King Kalakaua has been stolen, its curator abducted, people murdered, a reporter and playwright sent to investigate—and you’ll beg to be along for the ride from the first intriguing and unconventional lines.

Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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