• The cover of the book The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

    The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls

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    Even the most dysfunctional families seem to rally around each other in hard times, and this is definitely the case for the Butler family in Anissa Gray’s stunning debut. After the death of her mother, young Althea had to step up and raise her siblings.  Years later, after she and her husband are arrested, she finds the roles reversed, as she must rely on her siblings to raise her teenage daughters. A raw and brilliant story of family, sisterhood, pain, redemption and healing, the story will stay with you for a long time to come. 

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  • The cover of the book Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

    Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

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    While it is the big and little lies weaved into the fabric of each family in this Australian saga that keeps you reading well into the night, it is the support and loyal bond formed between the five women that makes this book so inspiring. Added bonus: when you are through reading this crowd favorite you can binge watch the women, now transported from the fictional town of Pirriwee, Australia to Monterey, California, in the HBO series. It may be one of the few examples of the show being as good as the book. 

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  • The cover of the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Movie Tie-In Edition)

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Movie Tie-In Edition)

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    A remarkable tale of an island in the English Channel before and after the German occupation during World War II. Under the duress of wartime, a society of acquaintances soon becomes a close family, forging affections and loyalties, fostering resilience, and incubating some unexpected love interest. The equally delightful and uplifting movie adaptation is on Netflix this month. 

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  • The cover of the book The Mothers

    The Mothers

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    From the first line, “We didnt believe when we first heard because you know how church folk can gossip,” we know we are about to enter a tight-knit world, and the “mothers” of the Upper Room Chapel don’t disappoint. Long after leaving their small town, the main characters, Nadia, Luke and Aubrey, are still very much tied to their tight-knit community. This novel, about young love and a big secret will not disappoint.  I’m looking forward to reading Brit Bennett’s new novel, The Vanishing Half, next. 

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    Charlotte's Web

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    The perfect example of a close community rallying around someone in need can be found on Zuckerman’s farm.  If you can’t remember this childhood classic, it may be time to pick it up again and read it out loud to your children, or in keeping up with the theme of this article, your neighbor’s children. It is a story that seems even more relevant today. Charlotte the spider is an activist, drawing attention to her barn-mate’s predicament by weaving SOME PIG in her web. Perhaps she puts it best when she says, “By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

    And that is the truth. Helping others, whether it is standing side by side in protest, against institutional racism, wearing a mask to protect others in your community or simply taking a latchkey kid who just lost her dad to buy her first bra, feels as good, or possibly better, for the giver as it does the recipient. 

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