We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
M Train by Patti Smith
Lullabies by Lang Leav
The Essential Rumi by Rumi
United by Cory Booker
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Nearly Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
The Girl Before by JP Delaney
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
The Abridged History of Rainfall by Jay Hopler
In the County We Love: My Family Divided Diane Guerrero
Oh... the power of the tax refund, how I always go crazy with buying books. But ignore that... let's jump into Books Read!
The Book of Joy: so many little treasures from this book... but my main takeaway was that the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama took turns at one point in honoring each others rituals. One time they got up and meditated for hours as the Dalai Lama does daily, and one time they got up and they prayed and took the sacrament. A man of faith and a man of presence... and they respected each others beliefs and they honored them. It was beautiful. The discussion between these two great men on the state of the world and how to be in it... is just enlightening. We need books like this more than ever.
Poetry. I read two poetry books this month. The Jay Hopler one, while I love the title is completely unremarkable. Now Warsan Shire on the other hand... like most people I heard of this poet after the Beyonce Lemonade album dropped. According to good ol wikipedia Warsan was born in 1988 in Kenya to Somali parents and emigrated to the UK when she was young. She is insanely relevant, I know I will read more by her in the future.
Now, on to Diane Guerrero. I. had. no. idea.
I saw her do an interview on Chelsea on Netflix and she was promoting her book. Diane Guerrero is an actress that if you watch OITNB you totally know her. What you probably didn't know is that when she was in high school she came home to find her parents had been deported... and here is the thing that really shocked me: no one in the US Government ever followed up with her, checked in on her. Nothing. What!?!?!
Anyway, she's not a Pulitzer Prize type of writer, it's definitely "pop"ish, but her story is fascinating and again, insanely relevant. If you are looking for a quick good read where you might learn something... this is the book for you. You're welcome.