Thanksgiving holidays Reading List

This year I am having a longer than typical thanksgiving holiday.  As much as i feel like...nooooo...i need to be working and making that "chedeh", I accept it. Instead of lazying around, I decided to get an education. I'm spending the next 5 days in coffee shops aka Starbucks, cozy bookstores, libraries, parks, the Boston Charles River and etc immersed in the following books.

1. Mighty Be Our Power: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex, Changed a Nation at War by Leyma Gbowee with carol Mithers

- The Author Leyma Gbowee was one of the 3 women who in 2011 won the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Alongside her fellow country woman and current president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Book Description:

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

2. Then We'll Sing a New Song: African Influences on America's Religious Landscape by Mary Ann Clark

- because I am on a lifetime spiritual journey. I want to learn as much as I can, about the history of religions. Irrespective of the religion, one thing they all preach is peace, love and unity.

Book Description:

Then We'll Sing a New Song is a fascinating examination of how African religions have shaped belief and practices in America. Not just the story of the development of African American religions or the black church, this book tells the often-unrecognized, but important story of how African religions have shaped religion in America more broadly.
Mary Ann Clark introduces readers to the cultures of three African kingdoms that contributed significant numbers of their population to the African slave trade, and also profoundly shaped religion in America—the Kingdom of Kongo, the Oyo Empire, and the Kingdom of Dahomey. Each of these groups has a unique history within the long history of the Atlantic slave trade and interacts with the Americas at a specific point in history. Clark shows how each may have had an influence on contemporary American beliefs and culture, sometimes in surprising ways. The book features a glossary, timeline, and maps.

3. OPRAH!!!!! lol...*official title below*. I could not help myself

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy by Deborah Davis

- In preparation for my birthday and the new year, I have been on the hunt for inspiration. I have been looking for books or activities that employ me to be a better sister, daughter, friend and human being. THIS BOOKS DOES THAT and then some more! 

Book Description:
The Oprah Winfrey Show came to an end on May 25, 2011, after 25 years on television. Arguably the most influential television personality of all time, Ms. Winfrey and her show have had an impact on American culture that cannot be overstated. This beautifully illustrated book will explore and celebrate the legacy of the show using essays and tributes from a stellar group of contributors including Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria Steinem, John Travolta, and more. The book will feature photographs from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on the air, including the farewell season.
Essays within the book will be dedicated to different themes (e.g., personal growth, social action, and literature) and will explore how the show has touched people’s lives and impacted the conversation around those issues. The essays will be followed by narrative text, which will guide the reader through the history of the show’s involvement with each topic and will include stories about the events, people, and organizations that have acted as touchstones or provided insights along the way. Accompanying the essays and narrative text will be images from the show, behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as signature portraits of the contributing celebrities taken by noted photographers.

4. The Affair by Lee Child

".....A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover-up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington..."

- I picked this book because i love crime themed novels. I read them with the same excitement i watch CSI, Law&Order, Bones and Castle. I am always competing with the authors. Trying to solve the puzzle and figure out the true villain before the end of the story.

In another lifetime, I'm pretty sure my best friends are Nancy Drew, Hercule Pierrot, the handsome Hardy Boys and grandma Agatha Christie.

5. State of WONDER by Ann Patchett

- I picked this novel because of the adventure motif. I love books that exercise my imagination.

Book Description:
In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, State of Wonder presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity.
As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy.

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