1.) Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James, 2019 Riverside Publishing
This is the first novel in the planned 'Dark Star Trilogy series. Black Leopard a captivating story dipped in African history and mythology. It is strange, ensnaring, and raw storytelling at its finest.
2.) Half The Sky by Nicolas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, 2009 Knopf Publishing
Half the Sky is a stunning, thorough look at the horrors of gender-based oppression and the tools to eradicate it. The global focus and tangible solutions such as micro-financing and support for social programs give the human in all of us reason to learn more-and act. Click this link to learn about ways to support the Half the Sky Movement.
3.) The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel, 2014 Back Bay Books
4.) With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, 2019 Harper Collins Publishing
A beautifully and refreshingly penned story that speaks to the soul in all of us, food, or otherwise. This tale of motivation and creativity will make you a fan of Santi's food and spirit for years to come. Also from this author: The Poet X, 2018.
5.) Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, 2019 Del Rey Books
Garcia pulls off a difficult feat in her work with this beautifully paced novel, reading like a dark fairy tale, horror, and epic all at once. The protagonist and her journey to self-discovery lend itself to the likes of heroes and I personally couldn't put it down for days.
6. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2008 One World
7.) The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, 1991 G.P. Putnam's Sons
This is a personal favorite of mine and on to those in my library I reread every year. The Kitchen God's Wife dips into a well of feminine hardiness that transcends culture and time.
8.) Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement, 2014 Hogarth
9.) Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow, 2019 Little, Brown, and Company
This is a polished but purposefully jagged exploration of the sexually predatory nature of our culture by investigative journalist, Ronan Farrow. One of the most glaring stories presented is the research into recently convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. This volume is by no means for those with sensitive constitutions, but it certainly leaves me renewed in the fight for real justice.
10.) A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, 2007 Farrar, Straus, and Giroux