Need a good book to snuggle in with for the remainder of winter? Look no further.
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
By Sue Monk Kidd
Set in Alabama during the 1960s, this novel depicts white Lily Owens’ stay with the black Boatwright sisters, strong women who live in a pink house, tend bees and lead a women’s prayer group dedicated to the black Madonna. During her stay, Lily tries to come to terms with her mother’s death and learn that she is, indeed, loveable. The movie and book are more like sisters than identical twins — even if you’ve seen the movie, read the book for the heart and wisdom of Lily’s inner world that doesn’t get screen time.
WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN
By Kimberly Williams Paisley
A great nonfiction read about the way actress and wife of Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, found a way to keep smiling and carrying through while her mother suffered from dementia. This book provides insight into the fact that while some days are dark, you have to find the good in each day, and understand that life’s what you make of it.
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
By Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 feminist dystopian classic (recently made into a Hulu original series) explores the ways women gain autonomy while living under a futuristic totalitarian government in which they serve men. The novel’s narrative shifts between past and present, while telling the stories of Offred and multiple other handmaids.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS
By Adam Rubin
Dragons love tacos. This is important information for you to know for the next party you throw, if you’re planning on getting any of your dragon friends to attend. Just keep the spicy salsa out of reach, or shenanigans will ensue.
THE DO LECTURES
OK, so these lectures are videos, not technically books. But if you would rather listen to words than read them and are in need of motivation to do something, these might be what you’ve been looking for. These talks on a variety of topics are given by people sharing their own stories. They may just inspire you to go for what you want and find your greatness.