Reads you’ll be reaching for again and again
The cooler weather drives us to snuggle up inside and what better companion that a good book? Here are some great ones to inspire you to head for the sofa, mug in hand and settle down…
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
“Don’t ever think of yourself as being something less than a person because of your eyes, Sam. If you do, people take advantage of it and you’ll find yourself doing things you don’t want to do.” Sam Hell was born with red eyes, so children called him the “Devil Boy.” This is a truly uplifting story of self-acceptance and redemption. It’s a reminder that our character, family, and friendships make us who we are – not the way we look. If you’ve ever felt different or left out, you’ll find comfort and strength in Sam’s story.
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
This is a brutal, yet fascinating book on many levels. Imagine a dystopian future where eating animals has been outlawed because of a plague. So, humanity turns to cannibalism. Inevitably, the book raises ethical questions around how we treat animals for consumption. But this is a book about language as much as it is about culture and ethics. It’s a reminder that words can have a tremendous – and dangerous – influence on people’s perceptions. Word of warning – you’ll need a strong stomach for this one!
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Think, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, but for adults. Set in wartime, the story follows a young man and woman, Saeed and Nadia, who decide to escape the hardships of war by jumping through a kind of portal that instantaneously brings them to a new place. Instead of focusing on the immigrant’s journey, this book considers what happens once you make it to the other side. This is another mind-expanding book that touches on the worst and best of humanity.
Together: The Healing Power of Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy
This past year, many have experienced loneliness on a whole new level. Sadly, loneliness has been a growing epidemic in our country since long before COVID-19 forced us to socially distance. In this book, Dr. Murthy shares years of extensive research into how loneliness can affect our mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. Shockingly, Murthy tells us that loneliness is as destructive to our health as smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. He’s careful to say that loneliness isn’t about how many friends you have. It’s about how you feel. And he provides a framework for building relationships and feeling a sense of community.