Jean Craighead George is an award-winning writer, but this novel for tweens is one of her hidden gems, especially for anyone of any age in South Florida. There is much adventure to be had and a mystery to solve. The 'gator is missing, after all, and there's so much to learn about the Everglades. Along the way, there is also a homeless young girl and her mother who are living in a secluded hardwood hammock. George handles it all with grace, care and a sense of joy in nature that made me want to find that hidden place in the Everglades.
If you loved Normal People by Sally Rooney, you’re likely to enjoy Conversations with Friends. The cast of dislikable characters who sometimes don’t communicate with each other and make inexplicable decisions makes for an interesting background to their lives and the situations in which they find themselves.
If you want to better understand the geopolitics of the world, then Tim Marshall is the author you want to read. A twenty-five-year veteran of foreign-affairs reporting, Marshall takes a look at the disturbing trend of increased border walls between countries across the globe. He spotlights different geographical regions, such as China, India, Israel, Palestine, and the United States. He examines not just the physical barriers, but the digital and ideological barriers, too. Each region discussed ties the history and culture of the area with the present-day barriers and related issues between nations. If you like this title and Marshall’s clear and engaging style of writing, then you really must read his earlier outstanding book, Prisoners of Geography.
This book exposes the emotional lives of people in the LGBTQ+ community during 1980s Chicago and 2015 Paris. In Chicago, we follow Yale, a man whose boyfriend and countless friends have died at the height of the AIDS pandemic. Fiona is an ally who sacrificed much to support her chosen family, including her estranged daughter in Paris. This book juxtaposes these two story lines in the ways AIDS shaped their relationship with themselves and their families, as well as their need to keep moving forward in life. If you liked Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, you’ll like this book, too!