Summer Picks: Books I Am Reading

As the summer comes to an end, here is a wrap of my top reads for you to kick back and enjoy in the summer's warm dew:




Hadriana in All My Dreams

by René Depestre


Originally published in 1988 and written by one of Haiti’s seminal authors, still with us, this vibrant, erotically charged work shows how humans counter fear―particularly the fear of death―in varied more or less magical ways, even as it paints a fresh and enticing picture of Haitian culture. The reader comes away enchanted by the marvelous reality of Haiti's Vodou culture and convinced of Depestre's lusty claim that all beings―even the undead ones―have a right to happiness and true love.



Transcendent Kingdom

by Yaa Gyasi


Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression, addiction, and griefa novel about faith, science, religion, love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful.




God Help The Child

by Toni Morrison


This fiery and provocative novel mines lyrical power and human strength from childhood suffering. It weaves a tale about the way one's childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.




The Fire Next Time

by James Baldwin


The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.




Creating Affluence: The A-to-Z Steps to a Richer Life

by Deepak Chopra


Deepak Chopra's bestselling book explores the full meaning of "wealth consciousness" with clear, actionable, and simple wisdom.


Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry like Christmas

by Maya Angelou


The third volume of Maya Angelou’s autobiography is a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this novel, music and her son are the focus of Maya Angelou’s life. She is on the edge of a new world: marriage, show business and a triumphant tour of ‘Porgy and Bess’ and like many woman, she navigates how to find a balance between being a mother and a career woman.


Enjoy!


With Love,

IA