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10 books to add to your TBR list

While others look forward to new titles from their favorite authors, some may want to discover new books or writers they can fall in love with. To help you with your reading list, here are 10 titles that readers and critics have been anticipating.

 

The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

Billionaire Oprah Winfrey’s core mission in life is to inspire people, and this book is exactly that. It serves as a guide for people to find their purpose, recognize failures, and celebrate milestones. Oprah once again opens up her life for people to pick up her best practices so they, too, can set the course of their journey to success—how ever they define it.

The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison uses words to paint the world. This new selection of her essays, meditations, and speeches on topics such as art, culture, and society is sure to find its way to the reader’s heart. It has three parts, which include a powerful prayer for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, searching meditation on civil rights hero Martin Luther King, and a eulogy for novelist and social critic James Baldwin. Again, it is not a Morrison book if it doesn’t contain her social commentary that is beautiful to read.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

his new book by acclaimed author Margaret Atwood follows the success of The Handmaid’s Tale, where it showed the struggle of a woman in a dystopian future Gilead. The setting of the sequel is 15 years later and it will help answer readers’ questions about Offred’s fate.

Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li

No parent should ever have to bury their child, but this book explores the grief of a mother—who happens to be a writer—after the suicide of a teenage son. She tries to overcome her grief by writing an imagined conversation with her son. While this is about sorrow, the book also throws in pieces of humor in its pages.

  1. Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander

A hilarious take on the “oddities” of religion, this book by Pulitzer finalist Englander discusses the life of an atheist born into an orthodox Memphis Jewish family. The protagonist is tasked to recite the Jewish prayer Kaddish every day for 11 months as part of his deceased father’s journey to heaven, but instead hires a stranger to do it. It is expected to draw laughter and maybe some introspection from the reader.

Merchants of Truth: The Business of Nws and the Fight for Facts by Jill Abramson

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson guides the making of this “definitive report on the disruption of the news media over the last decade.” The book follows legendary news organizations (NYT and The Washington Post) and two upstarts (BuzzFeed and VICE) that have disrupted the media and news landscape. This exciting read tackles the effects of technology, and how the old and the new fare in the unforgiving world of information overload.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

A gingerbread recipe is the glue that holds together a surprising yet satisfying story about a British mother-and-daughter pair, and their encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate.

Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite

The author Cathy Guisewite of the popular “Cathy” comic strip tackles the challenges of being left behind by family members or friends who passed on. She mixes the horror and humor of anything and everything under the sun. This book is highly recommended reading for mothers, daughters, and anyone who is caught somewhere in between.

 

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

In 1980s London, a man is in love with a bright student with a “terrible secret.” With a touch of sci-fi, the story revolves around the main character buying a synthetic human named Adam, and the woman he’s in love with helps him design its personality. The message the author wants to convey is: “What makes us human?”

 

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

The moment the Gates couple established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda became no longer “just” the wife of one of the richest men in the world—she became a constant figure in women empowerment and social responsibility. In this book, Melinda tells her journey from behind the scenes to being in the forefront of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

 

This story first appeared in Speed Magazine January 2019 issue. Words by Marlet D. Salazar.

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