If you’re looking for a new perspective, try reading a book. It will offer you new ideas and motivation. Sometimes you just need to flip through the pages of a book and find your way. That’s how books can change your life! These books offer inspiration and motivation that can change your life.
Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Beloved is a powerful novel with deep meaning and an incredible range of sensations. Morrison knows how to exploit every aspect of her subject and create characters that are both complex and dramatic. The characters are constantly changing and modifying each other. The writing style of Toni Morrison is highly graphic and un-white, and she does not shy away from a challenging subject matter.
The novel opens in Cincinnati in 1873, and follows a family of three children and their former enslaved mother, Sethe. Their eldest daughter, Beloved, is eighteen years old. She lives at 124 Bluestone Road with her brother Denver, who is a prisoner. Sethe believes in the ghost of her dead baby daughter, whom she beheaded twenty years earlier with a handsaw. The story moves back and forth between past and present, examining the role of community in one’s life.
Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie
The power of relationships is at the heart of this memoir by Mitch Albom. While studying sociology at Brandeis University, Albom met his future husband, fellow professor Morrie Schwartz, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. During their final months together, the two men developed an unusual bond that changed their lives forever.
Mitch Albom promised Morrie to visit him on Tuesdays and learn from him about life. The two began writing a book based on their conversations. The book’s premise is that there are lessons that can help us age better. Mitch has written six other books since the novel’s publication. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including in Detroit and Haiti.
The true story behind Tuesdays With Morrie is captivating and inspiring. Mitch Albom’s friendship with Morrie Schwartz dates back to his college days. The two became close, but drifted apart after Mitch graduated. Twenty years later, they reconnected, but the odds were against them. Morrie had a life-threatening illness. The two spent a month with each other during Morrie’s final months. Eventually, Albom turned their relationship into a book.
Neil M. Gunn’s The Drinking Well
The Drinking Well is a novel of coming home after failing in the city. As the son of a fisherman, Gunn observes how the herring fishing industry has fallen out of favor in Scotland and how the Highland culture is vanishing. The story unfolds with the crofters’ attempts to make their lives better, while a local MP holds a meeting to resolve the conflict, but he is overshadowed by the author’s character Ewan Gunn. Gunn describes how the clash between the two worlds can affect one’s life.
Gunn’s first collection of short stories was published in 1929. Later, he republished some of these stories in his 1954 collection, The White Hour. Half-Light features stories from both collections as well as several that were only published in magazines. In addition, the book includes two essays from the Highland Pack. The stories are full of wonder and mystery, and Gunn explores themes of love, death, and the place of land and sea.
Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir about a year of Didion’s life, following her husband’s death. At the time of his death, Didion was a widow and caring for her son Quintana, who was in intensive care. When her husband suddenly died unexpectedly, Didion was unable to process her grief. She is haunted by the death, and begins the book by attempting to plan his funeral and autopsy.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion is an exceptional piece of writing. It is deeply moving and emotionally honest. Didion brings a rare honesty to her work and questions both herself and others. While some of her questions are not answered, Didion is clear that writing this memoir helped her.
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel set in the future where women cannot own property, run businesses, or have jobs. The government enforces this law without warning, marching into offices and forcing women to leave. Their bank accounts are frozen and their freedoms are threatened. While the book itself is a dystopian fantasy, the events it depicts can be applicable to our own world today.
The novel describes a future where women no longer have control over their reproduction and are forbidden to have abortions. It slowly introduces the idea of abortion prohibition. The main character, Offred, sees the bodies of hanging abortion doctors and comments that abortion was once legal. She also witnesses the funeral procession of a miscarried foetus. Moreover, there are no ultrasounds in Gilead.