Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
– Jane Smiley
I was rocking my newest grandbaby this month more than I was reading. But here are 4 books I did finish in the past month and recommend to you.
Books I Recommend
How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by Nir Eyal
Are you too easily distracted? Nir Eyal wrote a great book to help us look at why we get off track and what to do to get back on track. Lots of practical tips here.
Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land
If you wonder what it’s like to be a single mom in America, this is a great introduction. Stephanie Land writes from personal experience. When she found herself in the unimaginable position of homelessness with her little girl, she began working as a housecleaner to build a better life. I cried again and again throughout this book. If we haven’t been in these shoes ourselves, we likely know someone else who has. A great read.
3. Enlightenment Now
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
by Steven Pinker
This is a dense book. But an important one! Like another of Pinker’s books that I love (The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined), this one also is full of data about why the world is getting better, not worse. He does point out exceptions (such as, climate change and our political culture), but overall the trends are positive, not negative. I needed this book.
4. The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
This is my third Ruth Ware novel the past few months. These books are mysteries, but not full of gore or graphic violence, so I can handle them. This one is my favorite yet, probably because it centers around a core group of four women who have remained friends for years. When a body is unearthed on a beach in England, one of the four women quickly texts the other three: “I need you.”
- Something Needs to Change
A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need
by David Platt
- A Thousand Lives
The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
by Julia Scheeres
- A Place for Us
by Fatima Farheen Mirza
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What good book are you reading this month? Please share in the comments.
Want more book recommendations? I’ve just posted these:
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- On the Blog – October 2019