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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
|I love this book. It is so charming and funny and feel-good. Ranks as one of my favorites. The characters are perfect, especially Ove.|
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
|Wow. A beautiful, tragic story. I learned so much because of this novel. I researched many events while reading the unfolding of the characters' lives. Great writing and story development. This is a book I wish I owned because of the many lines that stuck out to me.|
"Those who sow the wind will reap the whirlwind"
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Very relevant and insightful on many levels. Would recommend for all, especially those trying to understand what some of the black community have been expressing for years and a glimpse of the motivation behind Black Lives Matter.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
|I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character charmed his way into me falling in love with him. I love the wit, the history, the characters, the culture. Great storytelling.|
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
This book is excellent in so many ways. The writing, the storyline, the characters, the relevance, the history. Just great.
The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adoptive Child by Nancy Verrier
As mentioned in this post: A must read for all in the adoptive triad and the friends and family of all.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
This book brings together not only the history of the United States, but so many other myths or parts of our country that we either do not see or simply ignore. I had many preconceived and impeded beliefs about Native Indians. I was astonished how I was misled into holding certain "facts" of our history.
While reading this book I felt like Neo taking the red pill. I knew bits and pieces of our history. I had ideas of other parts of our history and current events, but this just opens the entire Matrix up. This is an important book to read. To understand.
"How then can US society come to terms with its past? How can it acknowledge responsibility? The late Native historian Jack Forbes always stressed that while living persons are not responsible for what their ancestors did, they are responsible for the society they live in, which is a product of that past."
Choose the red pill.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
An almost unbelievable story about one woman who has pretty much expanded science and saved us all. So many things that can be discussed with this book.
When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones
Jones pulled me in from the first line. Intriguing. Inspiring. Amazing. I learned so much. What an incredible story and movement and people.
"The movement saved by life and gave it purpose and connected me to other people who also sought love and purpose in their lives.
The movement gave me hope and it is that hope which sustains me now - hope that we might yet save our planet and learn to share it in peace; hope for justice and equality; hope for the children that will follow us; hope that someday soon, we may rise. "
In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
|An intriguing book. I really appreciate the thoroughness of the Hungarian history and identity and how it relates or doesn't relate to her father . Well written and a pretty amazing story.|
March Books One, Two, & Three by John Lewis
Easy read that helps understand the Civil Rights Movement with the graphic style. I read for a Book Club I am in, but also read them with my two oldest boys.
Sula by Toni Morrison
One should read Toni Morrison to understand a lot of things about life and writing.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Crazy story, but very insightful.
Murder on the Orient Express by Christie Agatha
Who can go wrong with an Agatha mystery??
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
A great read, especially for those wanting to understand and empathize with those on the right. Chapter 9 on this very insightful (I believe that none of the quotes below are from Chapter 9).
"The right seeks release from liberal notions of what they should feel - happy for the gay newlywed, sad at the plight of the Syrian refugee, unresentful about paying taxes. The left sees prejudice."
"His (Trump) supporters have been in mourning for a lost way of life. Many have become discouraged, others depressed. They yearn to feel pride but instead have felt shame. Their land no longer feels their own. Joined together with others like themselves, they now feel hopeful, joyous, elated..."
"...left and right need one another, just as the blue coastal and inland cities need red state energy and rich community. The rural Midwest and South need the cosmopolitan outreach to a diverse wider world."
The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
Amazing story. Great writing.