Here are some great reads that I wanted to share with you because I enjoyed them. None of these books are on easy topics, but they are all valuable story lines and explore the concept of experiencing trauma and discovering recovery.
1. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow Based on the author’s own adapting to prejudice towards being a biracial individual as she relocated to the United States. The author premised the book around an incident she read in the newspaper soon after she arrived in the USA. A gentle story of a young girl figuring out who to be after the death of her mother. Appropriate for young adult readers.
2. ROOM by Emma Donoghue This story is told by a five year old boy about how he experiences his life and his mother’s role in keeping him healthy and strong in the worst of circumstances. I thought I did not want to read this story, but then Delia of RealDelia described it as a WOW and the next thing I knew I was hooked. Very well written book – I would not recommend this book to children – it is adult reading.
3. Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott I read everything Lamott writes and I use her How to Write Book as my writing guide – Bird by Bird . This story does not disappoint and it was hard to put down and go do something else. This is a contemporary story about how dabbling in drugs helps to mask a teen’s emotions and confusions; those experiences which can enable them to mature and problem-solve. The story is told both by the mother and the daughter as they push against each other and sort out how best to encourage their growth. Lamott’s ability to create the web of lies involved in covering up is just wonderful, and I wish I had read this story when I had an omitting teenager in my daily life. The cues and words are all right there as a parental guide book for those with “good, smart kids.”
4. Apologia to My Second Child (Psychology Today article) by John Hodgman – you know the PC guy on all those funny ads and often a commenter on The Daily Show . This is an essay from Psychology Today, that made me laugh and brought me to tears as he shares with his yet to be born male offspring. It is pure pleasure to read – just a joy to discover.
5. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder This is the story of Dr. Paul Farmer’s quest to cure the world; focused on the cure for Tuberculosis (TB) and particularly antibiotic resistant TB.
I could not put this book down. I was so impressed with this fellow’s work and efforts that I just sat down and almost did not move until I had read cover to cover.
Not only do I honor this man for the work he does and the change he is bring to our global community, but I wish to encourage you to read this story and figure out a way that you can connect with his efforts or share his story with others.
Whereas I do not think my actions will take me to South America any time soon, I am so grateful for the work that he is pursuing I wanted to give this story a Shout Out right here and now.
What books are you most grateful for having read? What books have inspired you? Here’s a spot to shout out your favorite good reads…..look forward to your suggestions.
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What are you reading these days? Have you discovered any of these books already? What did you think? Let me know your thought about Hodgman’s essay – please.
I would like to just add that I do not review, recommend, or write about books that I do not like or did not find some level of enjoyment – I have made 2 exceptions.