Nigerian beauty Ayoola doesn’t have a care in the world. Not with her sister Korede always there to clean up her messes. A textbook sociopath, Ayoola is already over her boyfriends’ deaths before they finish bleeding out.
The Other Americans masterfully examines the aftermath of a patriarch’s violent death and the effects it has on family, colleagues, and community members. Told from a myriad of perspectives, the story begins with the hit-and-run death of Driss, a Moroccan immigrant living in California who owns a restaurant business. Perspectives include Driss’ wife and daughters, the police and detectives, and the business owners next door.
Home Fire is a riveting story about a tight-knit British-Pakistani family of three siblings whose life goals, secrets, and choices bind them together and drive them apart. Isma, the eldest daughter and pseudo-mother, moves to Massachusetts after being offered a professional opportunity. She leaves behind her twin siblings, Aneeka and Parvaiz. Aneeka has started college, while Parvaiz is ambling through life without a clear future.
Appropriately known as the Mount Everest of haunted houses, Hell House mentally and physically destroys all who enter. When offered a huge sum of money to research life after death, four people, a physicist, his wife, and two psychic mediums, agree to stay at the abandoned house for one week. With its unique and terrifying history of sins and insanity, the Belasco house’s evil targets each of them individually.
In 1930s Malaysia, a young houseboy named Ren has been entrusted with the task of finding his dying master’s severed finger and burying it with his body, enabling the soul to leave the earth.
Famed artist Alicia Berenson has been convicted of her wealthy husband’s murder and sent to an institution for the criminally insane, remaining silent throughout her arrest, trial and incarceration. Psychotherapist Theo Faber is keenly interested in her case, especially when he sees her last painting entitled “Alcestis”, which he believes to be a key in finding out her possible motive for the crime.
Bursting with raw intensity and dazzling brilliance similar to The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas delivers a surefire powerhouse follow-up in On the Come Up. Bri is a 16-year-old aspiring rapper looking to help her family out by making it big. Growing up in Garden Heights (Los Angeles) where many people struggle with bills, drugs, and gangs, Bri wants to be a beacon of hope for her community.
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui is a poignant story, told with careful, respectful prose. A year after the death of her husband, an Indian woman, Pival Sengupta, decides to visit her gay and estranged son in the United States. Under the guise of a country tour, Pival travels with Satya, the tour guide, and Rebecca, a hired actress to be her traveling companion.
The beloved poet, Mary Oliver, passed away on January 17, 2019. Winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and many other literary honors, Oliver was a prolific poet and essayist best known for her widely accessible, simple yet profound verses reflecting a reverence for the natural world and a deeply personal faith.
This slender book, a compilation of addresses by a notable pupil of the late Tibetan teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, skillfully explores an urgent topic: the effect our own inner condition can have on the larger environment, the “global implications” of our own self-righteousness and lack of harmony.