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10 Book Recommendations For Long Days At Home

Reading has been my main source of sanity during this crazy time. Being able to transport to another world, another time, or someone else’s life is so refreshing when there is so much going on in our heads. So, find a comfy place to curl up and check out some of these book recommendations! We’re all about supporting small businesses—especially right now—so be sure to buy online from your local bookstores right now if you can. IndieBound is a great resource for finding stores near you, or you can support local book sellers by shopping at Bookshop.

10 Book Recommendations

If you like … uplifting memoirs, Brené Brown, Oprah Winfrey SuperSoul Conversations:

1. Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed is the third magnificent piece of work by Glennon Doyle. This memoir chronicles Doyles’s journey through addiction, parenting, marriage, self-discovery and acceptance. Doyle is vulnerable, liberating, uplifting, energizing and raw.

If you enjoy … historical documentaries, true crime, investigative journalism:

2. Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing is a well-rounded account of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Keefe skillfully intertwines narrative storytelling and historical recollection while taking the reader across the politically divided town of Belfast in the 1970s. Throughout, we are introduced to the many sides and voices of the IRA, specifically following the lives of the infamous Price Sisters, Gerry Adams and Brendan Hughes. I could not put this book down and I left the experience more informed and deeply curious. 

If you appreciate … westerns, stories of adventure, strong female protagonists:

3. Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

Pure fantasy and whimsy is the best way to describe this energizing novel. It is fantastic, fun and truly wild. This book is like the wind in your hair and you are guaranteed to fall in love with Jessilyn Harney. A recently orphaned outlaw in the 1885, Jessilyn goes on an epic journey that will leave you breathless.

If you enjoy … contemporary historical fiction, cross-generational stories, vivid imagery, emerging new authors:

4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

18th century Ghana, we are introduced to two half sisters born into different villages. Homegoing follows these ancestors’ family chronology, spanning across generations, journeying through the pains of British colonialism, African slave trade, American Jim Crowe law, and ending in the jazz age of Harlem. Gyasi has done something truly special with her monumental debut novel.

If you like … Gillian Flynn, thrillers, slow burn drama:

5. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

A recluse in New York City, Anna Fox is shut in her apartment stuck on a loop of drinking wine, watching old movies and living vicariously through her neighbors by artfully observing (a.k.a. spying on) them. But what happens when she sees something she shouldn’t? Stephen King said it best, this book is, “unputdownable.”

If you’re a fan of … novels, family dynamics, Downton Abbey-style settings:

6. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

A lavish estate in upstate Pennsylvania, The Dutch House, is where siblings Danny and Maeve grow up with their cold father, Cyril, who remarries after their mother disappears. Patchett takes a deep dive into the lives of these forever-devoted siblings who lose it all and can’t find a way to let go of the past. The Dutch House left me mystified. Another Ann Patchett success. 

If you’re hoping to … think, explore current events, dive deep in your beliefs:

7. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell 

Gladwell, a New York Times bestseller and host of the podcast Revisionist History, explores and researches human interaction between strangers: why it goes right and why it, more often, goes wrong. Talking to Strangers analyzes real-life cases like Sandra Bland, Fidel Castro and the CIA, Bernie Madoff and Amanda Knox. This book is analytical in nature and I was continually amazed by Gladwell’s critical thinking skills, his ability to connect the dots within cultural phenomena.

If you’re craving … easily digestible, richly imaginative, historical fiction:

8. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

In 1890, Rachel Kalama lives in picturesque Honolulu with a loving family. While enjoying the adventure of a traditional Hawaiian childhood, Rachel is discovered as a leper and consequently ostracized to the distant island of Moloka’i. Here she is sent to Kalaupapa, a leper colony, where she establishes a new life and forms a new family. True to historical accounts, Moloka’i is the story of an extraordinary human drama. 

If you’re intrigued by … compelling true stories, scientific discovery, recounts of class struggle, intergenerational narrative:

9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer from Virginia whose cells were harvested without her consent or knowledge in 1951. Her cells, known to scientists as HeLa (an abbreviation of her name), were studied and used in developing the polio vaccine, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Skloot embraces Henrietta’s story with empathetic detail while providing first-hand interviews from Lacks’ grandchildren who struggle to understand their grandmother’s legacy. Diving into the brambles of medicine, discovery, ethics and race The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a required read.  

If you’re drawn to … memoirs, stories of resilience, coming of age self-discovery:

10. Educated by Tara Westover

Born in the hills of Idaho to a survivalist Mormon family, Westover was always kept out of school. Isolated from modern society and modern medicine, she was subjected to a grueling existence of manual labor, midwifery and home keeping. Her pursuit of knowledge brought her to BYU and transformed her thinking, eventually taking her across the pond to Cambridge for her PhD. Educated explores themes of fierce family loyalty, abuse, self-invention and relentless grit. 

I cannot say enough great things about each of these book recommendations. Up next on my reading list are The Tennis Partner by Abraham Verghese, The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. I am currently reading Apeirogon by Colum McCann.

Need more than book recommendations? How about some podcasts for career-minded women?


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