It’s been so cold this winter…who wants to go outside much? Here are some of the books I have been reading lately:
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
I love to read books from authors who attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This book by Angela Flournoy does not disappoint. It is her first novel, and she does a great job while she chronicles a family crisis in the city of Detroit. The crisis unfolds in modern times; however it has its roots in the previous generation that came to Detroit from Arkansas. The 13 Turner children grew up on Yarrow Street in Detroit, and watched their neighborhood decline as the auto industry fell apart. The family has to decide if they should keep their mother’s house, or let it go back to the bank since it is not worth anywhere close to what is still owed on it. In the process, several of the children face their addictions, and even what appears to be a “haint”, or ghost, they feared followed their father from Arkansas.
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Russell Green thought he had it all. A great career, a beautiful wife, a big house in a great neighborhood. For years, it seems nothing can go wrong. His daughter is born and she becomes the center of his world. When she is six years old, his wife Vivian announces she is going back to work. Soon, Russell’s world comes crashing down. Russell is left as the primary caregiver of his daughter as Vivian starts to work more and travel with her job. Vivian decides she wants a divorce, and Russell loses his job and tries to start up his own advertising firm. In the process, the custody battle becomes quite vicious and the family is in danger of losing their home. The surprise way the story works out shows the unconditional love parents have for their children when they finally decide to put aside their differences and put their families first.
Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe
The title of this book makes it sound really gross, doesn’t it? It’s not gross at all! Basically Dr. Josh Axe is telling us that in order to get well again, get ourselves to the point where we are not so sick anymore, is to eat fresh, organic food. If you have allergies, autoimmune disease, or any kind of illness, this book is a great way to figure out how to get back on track for your situation and heal yourself.
What are you reading this winter?
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