Karen Thompson Walker
Trying to catch up on sleep this holiday? The characters in Karen Thompson Walker’s sophomore novel fall asleep…and can’t wake up. What starts with one college student turns into an entire town succumbing to the epidemic. Doctors can’t figure it out—all they know is, while people are asleep, their brains are wild with activity. What are they all dreaming about?
A Song for You
Robyn Crawford was Whitney Houston’s BFF—the two met in the 80s as teenagers and grew and evolved together as Whitney’s career took off and she experienced both a meteoric rise to fame and the crumbling lows of heartbreak and addiction. A deeply personal and powerful account of a friendship cut tragically short.
We Must Be Brave
In the panic-stricken evacuation of Southampton during December of 1940, newly married Ellen Parr finds a sleeping girl in the backseat of a bus. No one claims to know her, and despite believing she never wanted children, Ellen takes Pamela into her life. After three wonderful years, Pamela is wrenched away and Ellen is devastated, scarred by the war in more ways than one.
This novel combines magical realism with coming-of-age in a gritty urban setting and the results are luminous. When Julio hears that Taína, a fifteen-year-old girl in his class, is pregnant and yet is still claiming to be a virgin, he decides to believe her. His history of strange visions, love for Taína, and blind faith will lead him to question what he knows and discover what he doesn’t.
The Confession Club
What begins as a supper club—a group of friends sharing recipes and making dishes—changes radically when a woman reveals something startingly intimate. From then on, it becomes a confession club, a safe space to open up to misdeeds, insecurities, and fears, and the club begins to offer these women the love and support they need.
If you listen to the lyrics of most pop songs, their artists pose some pretty big questions (What is love? Is there life on Mars? How will I know? Have you ever seen the rain? Should I stay or should I go? Where have all the cowboys gone?) In this volume, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Ball uses data, science and facts to find—often hysterical, yet accurate—answers.
While you may not have a full holiday break like you did in school, you probably have some time off this season. And what better way to spend it than reading? Here are some great holiday reads to dive into over the break.