A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpake — imagine wanting to play your favorite sport and not being allowed to do so because you were a female. Imagine — risking your life and your family’s life and having parents who let you — having to pretend to be a boy in order to play.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry — maybe even better the second time around. I’d forgotten how funny it is.
The Faith Club by Ranya Illiby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner — the epitome of an open-minded friendship centered around learning about each other’s faith traditions.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance — an eye-opening read for those curious about why so many in America have voted against their own best interests in 21st-century America.
The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan — a novel that explores both PTSD in soldiers as well as a fascinating, little-known historical fact about America in WWII.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvan Neuval — sci-fi-fi/fantasy at its best with a look at the world that is especially relevant during these political times.
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson — a difficult (especially if you are sure you aren’t racist and tend toward being defensive) but very important read for white Americans.
We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories by Clare Beams — a wonderful collection of stories that — mostly — explore what it’s like to be a female in America. (I happen to know the author, but would have loved it even if I didn’t.)