Need something to curl up to the pool with? Or something that will get you through that five-hour flight? Here are four books that you won’t want to put down once you pick them up.
- Fuchsia, By Mahtem Shiferraw
This stunning debut poetry collection by Ethiopian poet Mahtem Shiferraw sings with the musicality of language, color and imagery. Writes Shiferraw in her poem “Broken Men”: “They want to go back where/once they were kings/and made of palpitating mud/and spit, and air.” Shiferraw, winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, is an incomparable voice in contemporary poetry.
- What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi
These fantastical tales from the prolific Oyeyemi draw from magical realism but remain grounded in the truth of character and emotion. The stories range from the tale of a baby abandoned outside a church to office politics, from humorous to sad, but all showcase Oyeyemi’s mastery of storytelling and ideas.
- Cause to Kill (Book #1), by Blake Pierce
Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.
Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her. Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.
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- Acts of Faith: Daily Mediations for People of Colour, Iyanla Vanzant
This book addresses all fur issues in turn thus providing a meditative and uplifting guide to living successfully.