If you need some book suggestions to get through the cloudy days of the Pandemic, this is the place to go.
1. The Summer Before The War
The story begins at the end of the summer season in England’s brief Edwardian, and everyone was in the favor that the weather has not been so lovely as before. A medical student named Hugh grange pays a visit to his aunt Agatha living with his husband in a rye’s small town. Agatha risked her carefully built reputation when she pushed the appointment of replacing the Latin master.
At the same time, Beatrice Nash arrives at the Rye Town with a passion for pursuing writing and teaching after her beloved father’s mourning. Both women do not the unimaginable war coming in the small Sussex town.
2. Louisa: The Extraordinary Life Of Mrs. Adams
The story of Louisa Catherine Adams is about the women who forged herself into her new sense of self like her husband John Quincy Adams found his passion for becoming the future president of modern England. In the process, she found her voice. The writer Louisa Thomas has given the extraordinary life of Louisa Catherine adam’s a remarkable woman having a pivotal historical moment while in a complicated marriage. And her voice still resonates.
3. Connectography: Mapping The Future of Global Civilization
Connectography offers a vision of a unique and hopeful future, and Parag Khanna is arguing about the new technologies and discoveries that have eliminated the needs of resource wars. However, the Arab nation is building its resources and allowing trade through its war-torn route. However, Khanna has provided his vision for the future battlefield, a new type of tug of war being paid on it. Parag Khanna has given curve-edge information about the world falling apart from this new foundation with world-class foresight.
4. Secrets Of State
The secrets of state tell about the story of Sam Trainor’s career, who is appointed for overseas work along with penchant, which left him away from the competitive Washington establishment. After Trainor started to work as the analyst of the consulting company argus systems, he discovered the motives of both the government and the hired contractors, which are totally different. He stumbled across the intelligence anomaly that is phone conversation that was keeping India and Pakistan from political balance. As he digs more information, he found that more is at stack than it seems.
5. The Soul Of An Octopus
The book “Soul of an Octopus” can teach us how two different minds can meet by Sy Montogomery. With the passion for these fascination and intelligent creatures with Montgomery chronicles’ growing appreciation, she narrates a unique love story between these creatures. In the pursuit of the solitary, wild, predatory octopus, famous naturalist Sy Montgomery has experienced real immersion journalism.
6. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A wonderful story of a twelve-year-old French girl who is so precocious that she has come to terms with life’s futility and is ready to commit suicide. Renee, the concierge of her building, hides her true self (which loves art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture ) behind the stereotypical image of the short, ugly, plump, and cantankerous concierge. The story of their friendship is a moving and redemptive testament to the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
7. The Whiskey Rebels
Another stellar historical novel by Liss. Beginning in 1792, the story features a former Revolutionary War spy, Alexander Hamilton, and the establishment of the Bank of the United States. The storyline is incredibly well researched, complex events are portrayed with ease with believable characters that add to the story rather than detract. A delightful reading/learning experience- what historical fiction should be according to the staff member and former history teacher, John Hoover.
8. Cutting For Stone
A sweeping, emotionally riveting family saga of Africa and America, doctors, and patients, exile, and home. Abraham Verghese, who is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine has written two previous works of non-fiction: My Own Country and The Tennis Partner. In this first novel, he brings all his knowledge and compassion to give us an unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, the power and intimate and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
9. The Gift of Rain
The remarkable story of Philip Hutton, the son of an established British colonial businessman in Penang, Malaya, and his second wife, of Chinese ancestry. In 1939 at the beginning of World War II, Philip is a lonely teenager, alienated from his family and community. The unexpected friendship with a foreign diplomat, Hayato Endo, whose presence on the island is suspect, develops into a deep relationship based on the study of Aikijutsu, a martial art. A fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture, British imperialism, the Japanese occupation, and the meaning of loyalty.
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
London in 1946 is emerging from the shadow of World War II, Juliet Ashton, an author, receives a letter from an unknown man, a native of Guernsey, the British island formerly occupied by the Nazis. As they exchange letters she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends- all members of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.
11. American Wife
Alice & Charlie Blackwell, thinly (very) disguised Laura and George Bush are the stars of this masterful novel which tells their story: from the tragic accident she had when she was seventeen (true) and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck, to her unlikely falling in love with the charming, boisterous son of a bastion family of the Republican party (she, a librarian and a registered Democrat). You may think that because Bush’s days are numbered in the White House that this book wouldn’t be interesting. But it is- Maureen Dowd thinks so, too!
12. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
A bestseller already, Edgar Sawtelle is the story of a remarkable boy, born without the ability to speak, who nonetheless learns to train dogs on his parents’ farm. But it is more than a story about dogs. When Edgar’s uncle Claude comes back into their once-peaceful life, Edgar’s life slowly changes. When his father dies, Edgar tries to prove that Claude played a role, especially when he insinuates himself into his mother’s affection. But his plan backfires and he is forced to flee into the wilderness with three of his yearling dogs who follow him. A riveting family saga.
13. Unaccustomed Earth
Jhumpa Lahiri Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner for Interpreter of Maladies, addresses issues of identity and communication facing Bengali Indian characters struggling to make it in the new world while remaining tied to the old. Her stories are more than just stories of immigrants adapting to a new culture, however. They examine the complexities of human relationships. Masterful.
14. The Commoner
The fictionalized story of Princess Masako of Japan- the tragic tale of a modern, highly educated woman who married her prince- for love- and was destroyed by the weight of a tradition that will not be modernized. Interestingly, the actual biography, Princess Masako by Ben Hills, was published at about the same time. Both are riveting.
15. Without a Map
If you’re a baby boomer, you remember “the girls who went away” to have babies and the shame that entailed. Hall’s experience was indicative of that period and she movingly tells the effects of her family’s rejection and her terrible journey towards acceptance of herself. Powerful.