"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."- Maya Angelou
Fall is the time to curl up with a good book. Below are suggestions:
The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, by Gary Chapman-
Autobiography of A Face, by Lucy Grealy - Diagnosed with cancer as a child, Grealy deftly explores how cancer treatment prepared her for an arguably greater battle-looking different from everyone else. The often used description "indomitable spirit" takes on a deeper, darker hue in this unforgettable memoir.
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by President Barack Obama - An intimate look at our 44th president's struggle with race and identity. He visits a small town in Kansas to learn how his mother's family migrated to Hawaii, and then he travels to Kenya to trace his father's history, discovering the emotional truths that will help him address racial issues as a son, a husband, a father, and a president.
The Loss of All Things Lost, by Amina Gautier-A collage of beautifully written prose on loss, with compelling description and imagery concerning different modes of loss that make the stories authentic.
The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice Della Rovere, by Caroline P. Murphy-This biographic novel brings to life a fascinating Renaissance woman. Felice della Rovere (1483-1536) was the daughter of a pope, the mother of a prince, and the only woman to ever be in charge of the Catholic Church.
When the Moon is Low, by Nadia Hashimi-A spellbinding novel about an Afghan woman's brave journey to save her family.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah-Fascinating, stirring, and amusing story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the apartheid years in South Africa and the chaotic days of final freedom
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton-Celebrated chef, Hamilton, spent years searching for meaning in every kitchen she worked in. Her love of food was born at her French mother's six-burner stove.
This Cake is for the Party, by Sarah Selecky-These stories celebrate the ordinary moments in life that often have great significance.
Know the Mother, by Desiree Cooper-Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. A collection of stories on women, both black and white.
This is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper-Suddenly stuck together for seven days and seven nights during Shiva, the Foxman family have no choice but to deal with each other and all of the quirks and differences.
Middle Passage, by Charles Johnson-It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a pompous schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the Republic, a slave ship, heading for Africa. He begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery.
The Homecoming: A Novel, by Yaa Gyasi-A sweeping family saga of seven generations of descendants of a Fante and his captured Asante house slave.
The Fifth Season (Broken Earth Book I), by N. K. Jemisin-Fascinating, engaging yarn concerning science fiction and fantasy.