Once again, author Matthew Desmond proves the US government has set itself up to bring the majority of Americans down. Being stuck in a never ending cycle of unaffordable housing vs. cost of living, medical debt and continued tax cuts for America's wealthy, our country revels in the consistent support of our wealthiest citizens and it's intentional disregard for our nation's poor.
Michelle. Freaking. Obama. I loved this book just as much as Becoming. Michelle excels in story telling and brings her experiences of the uncertainty of her own life into an effortlessly inspired work of empowerment, joy and strength. Best yet, women of the 21st century can resonate with Michelle's experiences as we navigate the ever changing roles in American society.
Maggie Smith's ability to effortlessly write about even the most simple moments of her life, is nothing short of captivating. Written with such fluid detail and raw emotion, this personal memoir, intertwined via scenes, chapters and poems, describes her heartships, second guesses and adjustments to new ways of life during a divorce. Readers alike will be empathetic to Maggie's intimate triumphs and struggles as she finds balance as a mother, wife and a working woman.
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson is nothing short of amazing. Her ability to write about facing America's extremely difficult history and how it still affects people of color today, was mind blowing to my white 40 something year old world. With her talents as a NY Times journalist, Isabel is overflowing with factual evidence of how our country has historically and systemically "CASTE" POC in America since it's beginnings. You think you know all there is to know about American history? You don't.
Small but mighty! This book has smart and simple arguments that pregnancy, birth control and medical procedures that come along with it, have long been the responsibility of women. But what would happen if male partners took on these responsibilities as well? Fact and science based, this book challenges the status quo of modern day sexual relationships and the one sided responsibilities that come along with it.
As a Canadian and part of the Commonwealth, I wanted to read this book! Prince Harry's memoir, is a sweet, heartfelt, an honest look at his life. How past and current events will eventually affect his decision to leave the British monarchy. Second born of then, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, he is in fact, "Spare" for his family's chain of command. All I have to say after reading this book is, "Go Team Harry!"
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo does not disappoint. I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters throughout the story of this successful Hollywood actress. As the decades went on, so did the character development and plot of this book. With an ending that you wouldn't suspect.