"Set in South Carolina during the tumultuous summer of 1964, The Secret Life of Bees also ushered young Lily Owens, a girl transformed by the power and divinity of the female spirit, into the canon of modern-day heroines. Lily and her fierce-hearted black stand-in mother escape the racism of their hometown and find refuge with an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, whose world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna is mesmerizing.” Available in print, on audio CDs, and as an eBook.
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By Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn Available in print. Available as an eBook.
This is a middle grade/young adult book that is an excellent family read together to talk about race relations and prejudice. Available in print. Available as an eBook.
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This is my all time favorite children’s book (recommended ages: 2nd grade to adult). Winner of the Newberry Prize in 1955, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and so winsomely full of humor, suspense, character, and hope, that my 8 year old son and I could not put it down (although, at times, he had to hide under the covers because of the dramatic suspense). The storyline sounds improbably simple and boring (it is emphatically NEITHER); Amazon describes it like this: “Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six school children who first asked the question, and she…
By Mary Beth Keane Available as an ebook here.
By Jonas Jonasson Available as an ebook here: https://coloradodc.overdrive.com/media/869382
This is my favorite read of this year. Short, powerful, poetic, funny, and deeply moving, you can’t go wrong with this collection of essays by Gregory Boyle who has spent the better part of his life running a gang intervention program in L.A. These essays focus on our universal kinship and are “moving examples of the power of unconditional love in difficult times and the importance of fighting despair.”
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris.