Lauren R. on Moody Bitches by Julie Holland: The title is fun “read-bait” and yet the content shines with wisdom. On the one hand, we learn to appreciate our rhythms in all their forms, even coming to harness them to our advantage. On the other hand, we learn the importance of striking the balance and living in harmony with those cycles, in ways more and less obvious. And all the way, the science and writing are fascinating!
Rohan P. on A Burning by Megha Majumdar: An amazing and surprisingly incredibly relevant book to America right now! As a first generation Indian immigrant this book acknowledged feelings I have had but never been able to verbalize.
Himani S. on On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: Amazing poetic literary work. This writer’s words are powerful and piercing. Even his nightmares are poetic. Once you have read it—look up his website and listen to his interviews on PBS and NPR and in the New Yorker. I wanted to keep listening to what he has to say. If there is a moment in history that is a platform for the “other voices”—that moment is now. He has a timely message at many levels—as an outsider, as an son of a refugee, as a gay man growing up brown and black in America, as an artist whose words and imagery and experiences are impactful.
Nayantara B. on The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: …The Bride Test is a poignant novel that will make you believe in both love and the American Dream if current circumstances have you a bit down. At heart it is a story about discovering new possibilities and taking risks just as both Esme and Khai do. It also explores the experiences of living with Asperger’s especially in an immigrant community that does not really understand what it means to be autistic and how the love a family can help you find true happiness in unconventional ways.
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