K’s picks for the holiday season…
A Place For Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza
This book tells the story of a California-based Muslim-American family. It begins on the day of their eldest daughter’s wedding, the day their estranged son reunites with his family for the first time in years. The story unfolds the reasons, decisions, and choices that lead them to this moment.
It’s a beautifully candid, human look at family relationships, racism, parenting, and the pass of cultures and traditions from one generation to the next.
single state of mind - andi dorfman
The holidays can be a tough time of year if you don’t have a person to share them with. This empowering quick read is full of laugh-out-loud dating stories and some really relatable self-love. I read this book after a breakup early last year and it empowered me to look at dating differently. I also relate to this girl’s love of red wine on a spiritual level.
brooklyn - colm toibin
This book follows Eilis as she leaves her mother and sister in Ireland to work in an American department store. She finds love, heartbreak, and learns the value of building her own existence and outgrowing where she came from. This is one of my favorites, and I will always recommend it to everyone. (It’s also a phenomenal film starring Saoirse Ronan but, as always, I recommend reading the book first.)