Since we’re all practicing “social distancing,” it’s important for us to connect in other ways. What are you listening to or reading to pass the time? Send us a list of what you’re reading. Here is the latest installment from our readers:
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalinithi
One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality. (2016, 228 pgs; Nonfiction)
The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel
Mandel’s novel follows a brother and sister as they navigate heartache, loneliness, wealth, corruption, drugs, ghosts, and guilt. Settings include British Columbia’s coastal wilderness, New York City’s fashionable neighborhoods and corporate headquarters, a container ship in international waters, and a South Carolina prison. (2020, 320 pgs; Fiction)
Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
by Deepa Anappara
Enamored of police reality shows, nine-year-old Jai decides to become a detective himself when a classmate goes missing from his impoverished urban Indian settlement. Hoping to solve the case, he enlists the aid of his two best friends, Faiz and Pari. Their mettle is tested when other children begin disappearing, and the corrupt local police ignore the situation. (2020, 347 pgs; Fiction)
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. (2007, 552 pgs; Fiction)
We look forward to hearing about the books you or your book club recommend.
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