by E. Johnson Cooper
So you’re about to have a week off for the holidays- or at least a solid 4 days. You could tweet, Facebook or Instagram all day. OR you could do something totally revolutionary and read a book- or two! Like an actual book- book. I know. Genius. In an effort to free our minds (and the rest will follow) here is a list of good books we think you’ll enjoy! Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to get them in time! Thanks to the Friends of Ebonie team, @TESSonPurpose, and @CandiceSC1 for their recommendations!
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
A novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer. (Source)
A Century of the Best: Black American Short Stories – John Henrick Clarke
A great collection of 31 classic short stories by black authors we should all know. From Paul Lawrence Dunbar to Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes to James Baldwin.
What Alice Forgot– Liane Moriarty
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. (Source)
Fall on Your Knees– Anne Marie MacDonald
Fall on Your Knees is an internationally acclaimed multigenerational saga that chronicles the lives of four unforgettable sisters. Theirs is a world filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Compellingly written, by turns menacingly dark and hilariously funny, this is an epic tale of five generations of sin, guilt, and redemption. (Source)
Better Than I Know Myself– Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant
One of my favorite books- ever! It’s the perfect book for every young woman coming of age in her 20s into her 30s with a friend group that changes with every decade they are friends. Tear jerker, heartbreaker, and full of laughs!
Nine Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life– Dr. Henry Cloud
Nine practical, easy-to-grasp strategies to help readers discover behaviors and responses that successful individuals have in common.
The Reader– Bernhard Schlink
Michael Berg is 15 and suffering from hepatitis. When he gets sick in the street one day on his way home from school, a woman brings him into her apartment and helps him to wash up. Later, he visits the woman to thank her and is drawn into a love affair that is as intoxicating as it is unusual—their meetings become a ritual of reading aloud (Michael reads to Hanna, at her request), taking showers and making love. When Hanna disappears after a misunderstanding, Michael is overcome with guilt and loss. (Source)
Little Bee– Chris Cleave
Two women collide lives on a Nigeria beach. One must make a terrible choice. Two years later, they meet again and the story starts …(Source)
The Unmistakable Touch of Grace: How to Recognize and Respond to the Spiritual Signposts in Your Life– Cheryl Richardson
This book right here..it changed all of my life! Grace is a gift from God that we don’t use often enough. If we tune ourselves to see it, it will help to direct our paths more than we even know. Start your year off right- get this book!
Child of God– Lolita Files
This is one of those books that sets you back in time and you actually feel like you are living every moment with the characters. From the Aunt with the cinnamon powers over her husband to the spirit of the baby lost in the fire that controls the family. Chile. Look. Find yourself in a corner, away from your family and read this book.