1. No Way Home by Tyler Wetherall –  This is a memoir but it reads like fiction – a real page-turner about the daughter of a fugitive and her experience as a child on the run with her family. At first glance, I thought it might be a bit sensationalist for my taste, but that wasn’t the case at all. It’s a beautifully written coming-of-age story, vulnerable, honest and brave, a love letter to her remarkable family. The story follows the family from the parents’ meeting in 1960s NYC to California, Europe and the Caribbean.
  2. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider – This book really spoke to me, as someone who lived abroad for more than 12 years (and still feels the call of wanderlust). Tsh gives an eloquent description of the seemingly dichotomous feelings of wanting to be at home and belong, but also wanting to wander and explore the world. She and her husband met while living abroad, and a few years after returning to the States, they packed up and spent a year traveling the world – with their 3 young children in tow.  I also enjoyed following along on her Instagram feed to see the places they visited on their trip.
  3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Inspiring, heartbreaking and beautifully written. The posthumously published memoir written by a young doctor diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. He writes of life, of being a doctor, his marriage, the decision to have a child even though he knew he was dying. His wife Lucy fulfilled her promise that she would publish his book. And I recently read this heartwarming update on Lucy finding new love years after Paul’s passing.
  4. All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
  5. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

 

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