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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
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A Novel
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - 2023-01-17
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India, 1947. In a rural village in Bengal live three sisters, daughters of a well-respected doctor....
Chitra B. Divakaruni
On #WorldBookDay: 5 Books on India that I recommend, from the classic to the contemporary. Let me know if you have read any of these and what you think of them. @GhoshAmitav @alkajoshi @ThrityUmrigar @bwb #Tagore #EMForster.      source
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The Tyger (Annotated)
William Blake - 1993-01-01 (first published in 1789)
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A timeless poem by legendary poet and artist William Blake, The Tyger (Annotated) explores the Christian religious paradigms of late 18th and early 19th century England. Originally published in 1794, the work has been subject to literary criticism and has inspired various adaptions, including musical versions. Blake's commentary on God's creation, motivation and intention for the tiger and the lamb is captivating and introspective. Blake's work is widely considered to be significant in the history of poetry and the visual arts.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
Continuing with favorite poets--here's #Blake, with his amazing "The Tyger." I read it first in high school and was blown away. I admire it just as much today. What's a favorite book or poem from your schooldays that you still love? #poetry #schooldays #memory #book      source
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Bird by Bird
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Anne Lamott - 1995-10-01 (first published in 1994)
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Learn to write like a pro with this step-by-step guide from a seasoned writer. From "Getting Started," to "Shitty First Drafts," and "Publication," this book covers it all. Along with practical tips, the author shares her own humorous and honest experiences with the writing process. With insights on everything from writer's block to jealousy and fear, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their writing skills and navigate the writer's life.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
This is such a great book.I recommend it strongly. It was 1 of the first books on writing that I read & I learned so much from it. @ANNELAMOTT has a super sense of humor. #books #WritingLife #birdbybird      source
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The Winter of the Witch
A Novel (Winternight Trilogy)
Katherine Arden - 2019-01-08
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This stunning conclusion to a bestselling trilogy follows the brave heroine Vasya as she battles enemies mortal and magical to save both worlds - the seen and the unseen - of Russia. As Moscow is struck by disaster, Vasya finds herself alone and beset on all sides. The fate of two worlds rests on her shoulders as she desperately tries to uncover surprising truths about herself and her history. Will she be able to save them all?
Chitra B. Divakaruni
Loved reading your #Winternight trilogy, @arden_katherine! Friends, if you like fantasy, I highly recommend these books, a wonderful mix of fairy tale and Russian history.      source
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The Girl in the Tower
A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 2)
Katherine Arden - 2017-12-05
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This captivating novel is set on the edge of a Russian wilderness, where Vasilisa possesses a gift for seeing what others do not. After being exiled for being considered a witch, Vasilisa must choose between marriage or the convent. Instead, she decides to crossdress as a boy and sets off on an adventure. The Grand Prince of Moscow eventually names her a hero, but she must be careful as her gender would be disastrous for her family. With Frost's counsel to guide her, she soon confronts a looming danger in the heart of Moscow.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
Loved reading your #Winternight trilogy, @arden_katherine! Friends, if you like fantasy, I highly recommend these books, a wonderful mix of fairy tale and Russian history.      source
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The Bear and the Nightingale
A Novel (Winternight Trilogy)
Katherine Arden - 2017-01-10
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Journey to the edge of the Russian wilderness where winter never seems to end and mystical spirits roam free. Follow Vasilisa, a young girl who's forbidden from honoring the spirits of her house and yard after her mother's passing. As crops begin to fail and tragedy strikes her village, Vasilisa must use her hidden gifts to protect her family from a sinister threat that's straight out of her nurse's eerie fairy tales.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
Loved reading your #Winternight trilogy, @arden_katherine! Friends, if you like fantasy, I highly recommend these books, a wonderful mix of fairy tale and Russian history.      source
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House of Light
Mary Oliver - 1992-04-08 (first published in 1990)
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Explore a world of natural and spiritual luminosity with this award-winning collection of poetry by Mary Oliver. House of Light invites readers to step into an extraordinary realm, where the beauty of nature and the power of spirituality converge. Winner of the prestigious Christopher Award and Boston Globe Lawrence L. Winship Book Award, this book is a must-read for poetry enthusiasts.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
Poetry that I recommend: House of Light by Mary Oliver. Also any books by Tagore, Ramanujan and Nissim Ezekiel.      source
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The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - 2000-06-29 (first published in 1943)
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Discover the heartwarming story of a little prince and his journey through the galaxy in this beloved classic. Celebrated poet Richard Howard's translation beautifully captures the unique style and spirit of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This edition also features restored original artwork, making it a timeless addition to any reader's collection. Suitable for all ages and even chosen as a Common Core Text Exemplar, The Little Prince is a must-read for anyone seeking a tale of friendship, love, and adventure.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
This is a beautiful book. I have read it many times and shared it with my family and friends, too. A perfect book for adults & older children. #Reading #classic      source
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His Dark Materials
Philip Pullman - 1996-04-16 (first published in 1995)
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Enter a parallel universe where science, theology, and magic intertwine. Follow Lyra, an orphan, on her quest to understand the mysterious Dust phenomenon and to rescue kidnapped children. Along the way, Lyra joins forces with Will, who possesses a knife that cuts windows between different worlds. As the young duo fights against celestial powers, they uncover the truth about Lyra's destiny and the war they are caught up in. Experience a spellbinding adventure featuring armoured polar bears, witches and daemons. HIS DARK MATERIALS blends metaphysical speculations with bravura storytelling, reimagining Milton's Paradise Lost in an audacious and profound way. A monumental and enduring achievement.
Chitra B. Divakaruni
My favorite fantasy novels which I gave my sons at a similar age: The Golden Compass trilogy by Philip Pullman (also known as His Dark Materials. So well written. I enjoyed it as much as they did. #fantasy #youngadult #BookRecommendations      source
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