These are the books I could read again and again.
The Glass Castle is a memoir recalling Jeannette Walls' transient youth and her bohemian parents. Together her family traipsed across the Southwest, settling temporarily in desert towns and mountain campsites. But when the money ran out and the romance of the wandering life faded, the family settled into a sedentary life in West Virginia, which was soon darkened by alcoholism and dysfunction. Walls eventually left this life, but she looks back on it with honesty and compassion.
The Color Purple. Consistently one of my top 5 favorite books since I first read it over 20 years ago.
Tattoos on the Heart. Beautiful book. Will be giving this as gifts to people this year.
Staggeringly beautiful, deep, rich, sad, frightening, and at times infuriating. I appreciate Hosseini's portrayal of a part of the world that is under so much scrutiny lately. He uses this novel to tell the story of Afghani women and the hardships that face them with each regime change. Read this book. You won't regret it.
even better than the kite runner.