The Villager staff has come together to share their book recommendations, just in time for spring break.
Carlyn Bessicks – “The Perfect Find” by Tia Williams
“The Perfect Find” is a fresh take on the high stakes of falling in life, picking ourselves back up, and stepping unsurely into the future within the New York fashion industry. A juicy page-turner that is fun and lighthearted, this makes for the perfect beach read.
Tim Craig – “The Art of the Deal” by Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz
This book is something like an autobiography, but it also focuses on business and market strategies. In it, Trump describes his professional and personal world views, establishing himself as a leading deal-maker.
Tyler Didra – “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
This book tackles issues of race and sexism and is set in 1960s Mississippi, a place where these issues were at the forefront of the nation’s attention. Combining history and fiction, it is a heart-wrenching story that encourages readers to fight for what’s right, even when that means fighting alone. Kathryn Stockett does an excellent job weaving characters’ personal narratives with a suspenseful plot that will keep readers turning the pages.
Savana Herndon – “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” by Mitch Albom
This short book is about a man who goes to heaven and meets five people whose lives he impacted in his time on Earth. It is a heartwarming piece that keeps you thoroughly entertained, and you won’t want to set it down.
Wornden Ly – “Failure is an Option” by H. Jon Benjamin
Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin’s memoir details how the failures he has experienced led to his success. The book is very funny and easy to read, but since it contains some dirty jokes, parental discretion is advised!
Chip Rouse – “The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations” by Toni Morrison
The voice of essayist, poet and social commentator Toni Morrison is powerful in this collection of some of her best thoughts. My favorites are her commentaries on her own works, particularly Beloved and Jazz.
Emma Cathy Smith – “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab
The Greenspring Review‘s Book Club is currently reading this book, so if you start it, feel free to join in on the conversation! This is a fantasy novel, and in this world there exists three parallel Londons—Red, Grey, White, and (formerly..?) Black. Each realm has a different level of access to magic, but the only race that’s capable of traveling between all are the Antari. The plot follows one of these Antari as he strives to maintain and understand this precarious balance. If you’re like me and are trying to wean yourself off of classic young adult books, this ‘new adult’ book is a great place to start.