A collection of books that moved me into growth. (An on-going list.)
The Awakening – Kate Chopin
I happened upon this gem in high school. I believe I bought it for fifty cents. Life is great when passionate reads are available for under a dollar.
My Garden – Jamaica Kincaid
This book will change the way you think about plants and people. It’s for gardeners and non gardeners, this book is about more than just flowers.
A Lover’s Discourse – Roland Barthes
I haven’t finished this book, but I come back to it from time to time. That’s the beauty of it; it doesn’t read like your average novel. Barthes is known for his post-structuralist thought and that’s why I love him. This book is a dictionary/narrative about love and everything else. Because we all know you can’t have love without the plethora of ‘other’ emotions that exist alongside it.
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
This book inspired my love of memoirs. This book became my most-loved memoir. This book is everything to me.
When You Are Engulfed In Flames – David Sedaris
Sedaris makes you simultaneously sob and mentally shriek with laughter. WYAEIF is one of my many favourites of his. This book made me feel so hard that I shudder to think of opening it up for a second read.
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
I read this book in the twelfth grade and I still clearly remember the ending. It made me aware of so many systematic aspects of society and the reality of white privilege. And that was before I hit university/my women’s studies degree.
Tinkers – Paul Harding
I hated this book. Up until the last two pages. The author describes the experience of death and the emotion that goes along with it in a way that seems almost impossible to articulate. Yet articulate it, he does.