Imagine being born into a 100% Ashkenazi Jewish family, then casually and dismissively taking a DNA test jusdt because your husband ordered a second kit for you . . . and you find out you're only 52% Askenazim! Dani Shapiro doesn't have to imagine because it's her reality. Dig into this engrossing memoir to reflect on true biology and altered identity.
If you're a fan of memoirs, this one is a must! Abdi Nor Iftin, a recent immigrant from Somalia, is an exceedingly positive, open-minded, ambitious and amazing man. Currently living in Portland, ME, he details his tumultuous life in war-torn Somalia, secretly learning English and American culture through movies (he even became know as "Abdi American!"), and as an unwelcome refugee in Kenya, before literally "winning the lottery" to come to the U.S. What Abdi has experienced and accomplished in his life is a testament to love, hard work and determination ... he -- and his book -- are truly inspirational.
An engaging modern day fairy tale about a young girl, Livy, and her mysterious friend, Bob, who she reunites with at her grandmother's house in Australia after 5 years apart. The question is, who is Bob? Is he an imaginary friend? ... a zombie? ... a pet dressed in a chicken suit? We don't know until the very end! I was charmed by Bob and Livy and their journey to discover where Bob came from, who he is, and how the magic of friendship and family can be transformative.
Before the #MeToo movement gained momentum, Chessy Prout was fighting her own battle against her sexual abuser and a New England prep-school's "turn-a-blind-eye" attitude toward her assault as a student there. Courageously written by Chessy in her own teenage words, this important book took hold of me and wouldn't let me go ... in a good, yet challenging way. It made me think, cry, and cheer; and most importantly, it educated me and empowered me to confront forms of "rape culture," victim blaming and abuse I may witness in my every day life. Thank you for your courage, Chessy!
I'm in love with "Love"! This amazing book weaves the joys of love...with the fears of love...with the people and places and things of love. With your knowing of love in its moving forms, the honesty and raw emotion of this children's book will scatter your heart in so many directions. But, for a child, "Love" provides a framework and validation for the many unknown feelings and forms of love they experience every day. "Love" (the book) is a diverse, and expansive, and honest, and heart-wrenching, and heart-warming as love itself...Dig in!!
An exciting Middle Grade historical fiction connecting readers to the history of Cuba's 1961 literacy campaign through the eyes and experience of a 13-year-old girl. Volunteering a year of their lives to teach illiterate farmers and rural people to read, Cubans as young as 10-19 helped grow Cuba's literacy rate from 60% to 96%! Filled with adventure, history, and love, this book enlightened and charmed me to the end!
Like nothing I've read before! Scott Kelly is one of two people in the world to have lived on the Int'l Space Station for an entire year (2015-2016). Coupling his meticulous account of an adventure most will never experience (including day-to-day activities, like brushing your teeth, in zero gravity) with his honest self-reflection throughout, Kelly presents us with a true-life story that even a non-scientist/non-space-lover will devour!
Meet Lance Hendricks -- teenager extraordinaire ... everything but a "wildman" until his car breaks down far from home and he finds a side of himself he never imagined existed. Experience living on the edge with a motley crew of teenagers and young adults as Lance breaks from his expected life path and bravely forges forward -- in love, friendship and destiny ... "wildly!"
More than a story of the physical trials and tribulations of walking across the country (although there's plenty of that too!), this is a deeply felt account of the trials and tribulations of growing up ... the "how do I fit into this world?" kind of exploration. Enjoy a journey across our country through this fascinating young man's eyes as he recounts and ponders the stories and life philosophies from people he meets along the way. A really moving read.
A psychological thriller with strong lessons about the alteration of memories. This compelling story centers around the rape of a young girl whose memory of the tragic event is erased by a new, controversial drug. Her memory is eventually restored, but not without a flurry of emotional, confusing and thought-provoking events and revelations along the way!
An amazing life story of resilience and creativity, all grounded in food. As a foodie, I found her life and food ventures inspiring! Added bonus: the author was born in Boston, so a local flavor runs through the story as well ...
When two 15-year old boys become unlikely friends, a deep and meaningful relationship unfolds. This is a modern coming of age story with heart, twists and a powerful ending. As a mother of two teenage boys, I really enjoyed this story. A great read for young adults or parents of teenage boys who want to get inside their boys' heads!
If you've never tried a green smoothie before, I highly recommend them and this book! This visually delightful, info-packed and simple starter guide to green smoothies is inspirational. You get the what, where, when, why and how behind this healthful habit. Green smoothies changed my life ... they are truly transformational!
A raw, honest and emotional memoir from the author of the inspiring bestseller Carry On Warrior. Delving into the depths and intricacies of her despair and recovery as she grapples with addiction, her Self, her marriage, and truth, Melton's words reach into the depths of your soul and touch the vulnerability that lives within all of us. This is a book I'll read over and over again ...