Books That Have Changed My Life, Part 2
I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday about my taste in books. She’s a book pusher and just knew I would like her suggested comedy after my lamentations about the tragedy that was The Kid (Sapphire) and my predilection for depressing books. I didn’t like the comedy because I felt the author was trying too hard and it fell flat. She said that perhaps me being a “bomb ass writer” makes me extra critical about others’ writing. I think she is right about the extra critical part, especially as I see the trend in my favorite books.
Do you notice any trends in any of these books or authors?
Books That Have Changed My Life, Part 2 (Find Part 1 here)
- In the Meantime, Iyanla Vanzant- This book was one of the first to give me a language and lens to deal with my own stuff instead of blaming everyone else and finding love within.
- Paradise, Toni Morrison- Pure magic. This book deals with the liberation and limitations of paradise, how paradise can both protect and cage you. Brilliant.
- A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle- How do I put into words one of the single most profound books I’ve ever read about the nature of consciousness? I can’t. Instead I highly encourage you to read it and experience the shifts that it’s bound to bring.
- A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines- I cried like a baby with this book. I identified with the teacher’s frustration and bore witness to his transformation about love. This book exemplifies the notion that the “least of these” shall be our greatest teachers.
- Mama Day, Gloria Naylor- This is a book I come back to time and time again. There are so many layers– magic, family, spirituality, destiny. I think it’s due for a re-read.
- Ain’t I a Woman, bell hooks- I read this for the first time when I was 16. I remember this weight being lifted as bell hooks clearly gives voice the reality of black women through the lens of race, class, and gender. Being the precocious child that I was, I wrote a critique of this for my AP US History term paper. If this book isn’t on your shelf or in your queue, why are we friends?? (j/k.. sorta)