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graduated magna cum laude
from Amherst College and married an American, yet the Nigerian’s
life has not gone well. In fact, a decade after he graduated Ike is
driving a cab in New York and his marriage is over.
Blaming his sorry
plight and inability to find a decent job with his thick accent, Ike
also struggles with a drinking problem and gambling addiction. The
lower he sinks, the more he blames discrimination and his former wife
for his rapid decline.
distraught African sees a glimmer of light at the end of a long, dark
tunnel. Ike discovers that there are people in New York who will
spend big bucks to obtain authentic statues of foreign deities.
Thinking back to his home village in Nigeria, Ike knows of an effigy
that would undoubtedly interest these wealthy collectors.
As he returns to his
homeland, Ike believes he now sees a way to reverse his misfortune by
stealing this sacred statue but, if anything, he is about to
complicate his life even more.
This plan to steal the
statue of a cherished native war god is going to set off a maelstrom
that will make Ike’s former problems seem inconsequential given
what he has gotten himself into now.
A multi-faceted novel
that operates on a number of levels, Foreign Gods, Inc. not
only underscores the false promises and frustrations of the immigrant
experience in America but also looks at the nature of religious
conflicts as well as the infatuation society has with owning
authentic ancient artifacts and how destructive that desire can be.
Since childhood, Keiko Furukura has been different. She thinks differently. She can be blunt. It's what causes her parents to worry that she'll never fit in with the normal world. When she takes a job at a convenience store while in college, they're happy enough. They're not as happy that she's now in her 30s and still working for that store.
Keiko is actually quite happy. She has a routine. There's a precise order to the things she must do each day. When a new employee comes in and starts to question why things must be so precise, he starts to make Keiko wonder if she's really where she should be.
I wasn't sure what I'd think of Convenience Store Woman. It was addicting. I was instantly drawn into Keiko's world. I loved the descriptions of her job and her life. She may not be your average person, but that's what made her so much fun.
The convenience store itself was appealing. What I wouldn't give to be able…
Bread making is a soothing activity that I've always enjoyed. Judith Fertig's 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads: No-Knead, One Bowl appealed to me because using only one bowl obviously cuts down on dishes. The question became just how effective are these recipes.
I invested in a KitchenAid years ago because kneading is not something I always enjoy. If I have stress I want to burn off, kneading is a wonderful action. If I simply want to fill the house with the scent of freshly baked bread, kneading is a time consuming pain. All recipes in 200 Fast & Easy Artisan Breads require no kneading. Simply beat the dough with a wooden spoon and you're done.
I'm going to work my way through the book one recipe at a time. Using the very first recipe, I measured and mixed the flour, yeast, salt and water and got started. The entire process took less than ten minutes and that's including the time it took to open a new bag…
"Neanderthal" is really Cliff Hubbard. At 6' 6" and 250 pounds, his classmates would rather call him Neanderthal and make his life miserable. It only seemed to get worse after his older brother killed himself. Cliff is simply trying to make it through each and every day without the support of friends or even his parents, who have only gotten worse since his brother died.
After getting suspended for beating up one of the popular jocks who never stopped teasing Cliff, he returns to school ready to get right back into it. Only that jock isn't in school. It turns out he was in an accident. When he returns, he approaches Cliff. He had a near-death experience and God told him he needed to complete a list of tasks that he must complete wit…