Holiday reading

I am taking a summer break for a few weeks. In the meantime, you can read some past reviews of books I recommend highly:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

You’ve never heard of Henrietta Lacks? I’m not surprised. But you should get to know her, because she has affected your life, the lives of everyone around you, and the lives of most people, in the world. Incredible, you say. Indeed. And yet, it’s true.

The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth through Music by Victor L. Wooten

If you want a book that scientifically breaks down the teaching of musical scales, this is not the one. But if you want a book that takes you on a spiritual journey toward feeling Music, this is definitely the one. This book is out there—way out there. This book is past out there and looking back at it in a rear view mirror—and I loved it.

An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century by James Orbinski

In 1994, Dr. Orbinski went to Rwanda to serve as Chef de Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders/ MSF).  The relentless brutality and cruelty of Rwanda overwhelmed him. He struggled with faith, politics and his personal sense of mission. How to be human in the face of such inhumanity?

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

You want suspense? This book has it. You never know what’s going to happen. You want humour? This book has it. You want a fun romp through history? Boy, does this book have it.

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Vaillant’s forceful writing illuminates the interwoven threads of the story: the isolation and the poverty of the Russian people, the poaching, the drive to preserve the tigers, the injustice that might have fed the tiger’s vengeance, the mysticism, and the hope for the future.

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

This book touches on big life themes: motherhood, loss, sex, economic disparity, and the law of unintended consequences. Silver handles weighty subjects with a subtle touch, so the story doesn’t feel oppressive. She handles the light moments with strong writing, so messages don’t pass unnoticed


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on August 6, 2014, in Book reviews, Books for the beach and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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