The Other Black Girl – The hype around this book is huge. A “Get Out” thriller highlighting racial social issues. I wanted to love it but sadly I didn’t.
The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town – I still can’t stop talking about this book. An insight into the business of hospitals, the toll it takes on people, and how our Government is turning a blind eye. Our healthcare system is literally killing us while creating a bigger socioeconomic divide on a daily basis. A must-read.
The Gold Diggers – A really great read into the Indian immigrant experience.
Betty – An incredible novel set in the Appalachians portraying generations of family abuse, poverty, and racism in Cherokee history. A coming of age book that packs a punch. Someone compared it to the Color of Purple. A fantastic read.
We Trade Our Lives For Someone Else’s Day – Ivana Bodrozic is Croatian journalist and crime fiction author. A quick page-turner about the 1991 Yugoslavian war. Reading a book that has been translated into English through the eyes of someone who lived through the war, makes the read even more powerful.
Klara and the Sun – These days anything I read that is dystopian makes me think well that could happen. Klara is a robot. A curious robot with heart is bought by a young ailing girl and her mother. The whole premise and the writing are masterful.
Between Two Kingdoms – The honesty, transparency, and heartbreak that surrounds this book is astonishing. Getting leukemia at 22 has an impact on everything around you. An inspiring memoir about the realities of illness.
Landslide – A family on the brink. One accident sends the entire family down too familiar of a path that we read about too often.
How Beautiful We Were – It is a story about greed. Greed from corporate America married with greed from African administrations. There lack of empathy or care for the people who live there. An incredible story. A bit long but unforgettable.
The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir – A beautiful memoir from Sherry Turkle about her complex childhood as she grows into a brilliant academic at MIT. The struggles with being a female professor at MIT in the ’70s and her relationships with intellects who were there at the beginning of the computer era. A mix of family, intellect, technology, and feminism.
Parable of the Sower – This book back out in 2012 and begins in 2023. It is a gripping tale of a dystopian world that after living through a pandemic, you wonder if this is our future. Brilliant book.
Black, White, and The Grey: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant – Loved this book. Hearing about an unlikely partnership through the eyes of two incredible people.