This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I realize you are probably tired of seeing these next two titles on here, but they are both such rewarding and enlightening reading experiences!!
I have the Social Justice Book Club (#SJBookClub)
to thank for this one!
Kerry of Entomology of a Bookworm,
I admit to a bit of trepidation about this book and exactly what it
would entail, mainly because I do NOT like to read true crime...
But this was so very much more than that!
I could personally relate to so many aspects of John's and Angela's lives, since I worked as a mental health professional
advocating for clients' care and maintenance.
**Lynn now steps down off her social service soapbox...everyone breathes a sigh of relief!**
Although mother selected this book, she was unable to track well enough to read it.
once her children were self-sufficient adults out on their own!
this one to learn more about both of these people, but
especially Anne. I have read and greatly enjoyed
Gift From the Sea by Anne, though I've yet to complete
to reread bits and portions of throughout the
remainder of my lifetime.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
by Sunil Yapa,
raises some real questions concerning the validity of
some global organizations such as
the World Trade Organization (WHO)
and the World Bank/World Bank Group.
Additionally, this novel leads us through the
individual lives of several protestors,
an estranged father who leads
the Seattle Police Department, two of the SPD officers,
and finally, an international diplomat.
One thing that impressed me most about this book was the way Yapa depicts the duality of human nature: Each human being can be kind, gentle, and compassionate, even risking our own life to save that of others, and yet, in a different situation/role, we can be crueler to others than can perhaps be imagined. Much as we might imagine these global organizations are 'doing good,' they might actually reflect this same duality...
I definitely recommend reading this one!
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
This series is one of my absolute favorites.
What does it make me want to learn about?
I would love to visit and explore this vast country.
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
and Circling the Sun by Paula McLain,
both excellent books in very different ways,
have served to only further peak my interest in this country.
I know I have mentioned this one before,
but really, it is an amazing reading experience!
Two Boys Kissing is just so much more than
"two boys kissing"!
And while you might expect me to state that
reading this book made me more curious
about homosexuality, it did not.
I long ago became comfortable with
that concept as well as other 'variations'
upon gender assignment issues.
What it did make me want to do is read more
of David Levithan's writing!
Though I have yet to follow-up on that desire,
it is very strong and I'm sure I will read more of his books!
I read Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
last year and LOVED it!
Reardon's writing resonated with me so very well!
Though I am not a fan of 'true crime' in the least,
and despise sensationalism in the mass media, etc.,
this book gave an alternative POV to
a school shooting than I've ever read before--
truly unique and thought-provoking!
It was reminiscent of One Mississippi by
Mark Childress in that it explored a school
shooting from an adolescent's perspective.
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb is
another book that explores a school shooting from a unique/often overlooked perspective. It explores the life of a person only involved in the periphery of such a catastrophic event in the aftermath of that event. The repercussions can be life-altering to so many...
On a bit lighter note, I would love to learn more about penguins, specifically their relationships with humans,
The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned From a Remarkable Bird
by Tom Michell.
I loved this poignant yet uplifting memoir!
As did all the other members of the Borders Book Club!
What book has motivated you to learn more?