If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title. Recent titles sporting the bookmark include a few multicultural novels (and one memoir) you may have missed.
An Apartment Called Freedom by Ghazi A. Algosaibi was originally published in Arabic. The story takes place in Egypt during the 1950s, a time of bitter international conflict over the Suez Canal. Within this political climate, four young men from Bahrain arrive in Cairo to complete their education.
The Last Communist Virgin is a collection of short stories by Wang Ping, an emigré from China. Although the stories are interconnected, each gives voice to a unique experience. Sadly, not all the stories are light but all are thought-provoking.
The Stones of the Abbey by Fernand Pouillon is a historical read set in the 12th century. Originally published in French, the story revolves around the construction of a Cistern monastery. Highly recommended for readers interested in architecture, religion or technology during the Middle Ages.
Becky Bernstein Goes Berlin by Holly-Jane Rahlens is a lighter read and introduces a nice girl from Queens who is now a talk show host in Berlin. Funny observations about romance may have strong appeal for fans of Bridget Jones's Diary.
My Boy by Makoto Shiina is sometimes mistaken for fiction but is really an endearing account of Makoto's adventures with his son, Gaku. Translated from Japanese, Shiina is also a filmmaker and this artistic sensibility is present in his writing.
If you had a "Did you miss this?" bookmark, what title would you flag to share?