Given to me by none other than @yosquielly, "The Girl With All the Gifts" was a delicious summer thriller. The characters were excellently drawn, and you feel the full humanness of each of them. The beginning was exceptional, the end was like "I am Legend" with a twist.
I just finished "Option B" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg, of 'Lean In' fame, wrote this book after the devestating loss of her husband Dave. She speaks to the power of resilience, and what it means to find a new path in life when our Option A fails us.
If you know someone who recently suffered a loss or tragedy, this book can give you practical methods to help then through a tumultuous time. And if you are grieving, as I am, then this book can gives you solace in the community it provides.
Roxane Gay's life was shaped by a trauma she suffered at 12 years old. She describes her life as "The Before" and "The After." This book was the first one I managed to read from beginning to end in my own After. She talks about identity, and space, and desire. She talks a lot about obesity.
Roxane Gay's struggles are not my struggles, but still, this book made me feel less alone. May we all find peace in our respective Afters.
You might be wondering, "how does one survive a cross-country road trip on the heels of their brother's murder?" The answer is with a care package prepped by none other than @jtobyne and @yosquielly, and Nick Offerman's "Gumption." This book of 21 American Heroes was interesting enough to keep my attention, while light enough to keep the despair at bay.