Five Books to Make You Think
Who says summer reading has to be light and fluffy? These picks, both fiction and non-fiction, are guaranteed to inspire deep thinking – and plenty of conversational gambits for your next patio cocktail party.
Middle Age: A Natural History by David Bainbridge
In his investigation of the middle years, veterinarian Bainbridge asks a lot of questions. Why does time speed up as you get older? Over the hill or in the prime of life? The end of sex? According to Bainbridge, middle age is a desirable state of being. Still doubtful? This book may change your mind.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
An impressive debut novel (an extension of Bulawayo’s prize-winning short story “Hitting Budapest”), which takes us into the poverty-stricken world of a 10-year old girl, Darling, who is growing up in a shanty town called Paradise in Zimbabwe. When she is sent to live with an aunt in America, it seems her luck has turned. But adjusting to life in the U.S. doesn’t come easy. An engaging exploration of displacement and the quest for assimilation that makes for keen social commentary.
The Son by Michel Rostain
This heartbreaking blend of fiction and memoir takes on one of the most tragic subjects – the loss of a child. The book follow Michel after the death of his 21-year-old son from a virulent strain of meningitis. What makes this meditation of grief so notable is that the narrative gives us Michel’s journey through the eyes of his dead son.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg