On Michael Jackson By Margo Jefferson

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By far the only book written on Michael Jackson that lets the readers think and decide what they want to about him, instead of prejudicing their minds with what they think or know.

Margo Jefferson talks about Michael Jackson’s lyrics and music videos, his family members, the public’s fascination with child performers and freaks, and Michael Jackson’s evolving persona and his alarming appearance. She also criticizes the fact that there was not enough opportunity for talks about his mental illness in his circus-like child abuse trial.

Margo Jefferson does not accuse or completely sympathise with Michael Jackson. She tries to take both the aspects-positive as well as negative and attempts to weigh them with his life and situations that he had to face right since he was a child. She does not pass a judgement on him, which is the best thing that I liked about this book. It is a very short read and a must for all Michael Jackson fans. Believe me you will not be disappointed and at the end you still get to keep you own love for Michael Jackson (and bias, if any) safe.

My Temporary Son By Timeri N. Murari

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A heart-wrenching memoir. Many people will find themselves teary-eyed  throughout the book, I myself could not help crying.

My Temporary Son narrates the story of an aged couple Tim & Maureen in Chennai, India, who temporarily shelter a sick and fragile orphan kid, named Bhima, undergoing a series of life-threatening surgeries in order to survive because he was born with his bladder outside the abdomen. Bhima was abandoned by his natural parents in an orphanage soon after his birth. The couple had played host to other orphaned children who moved on to adoptive parents abroad but Bhima was different as he brought much more to their lives taking complete possession of their hearts. Tim finds himself learning to be a father though he has never been comfortable with children. However, Tim and Maureen have to confront reality when Bhima’s adoptive parents arrive.

My Temporary Son shows the reality of the convoluted adoption process in India, the emotional turmoil attached to it, the terrible state of the orphaned children, indifference of the officials and of the public. An absolutely moving, simple and viciously honest account of emotions.