Do you love to read? So do we, and the month of May offers a few opportunities to celebrate one of our favorite things: books. To recognize Get Caught Reading Month and Latino Books Month, we asked our colleagues to share their book recommendations based on their recent reading.
We’ve also included titles that feature Latino authors and others that focus on mental health, as a way to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month. Take a look at our May 2022 reading list.
Get Caught Reading These Book Recommendations
The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
“Short essays on a range of current topics that the author ‘reviews’ using the movie/restaurant ‘star’ rating approach. Insightful and often very funny commentary on mankind and our current challenges.”
To Repair the World by Paul Farmer
“This book is a collection of writings and speeches by Paul Farmer. He founded Partners in Health and for decades worked to bring modern medicine to some of the poorest populations in the world. He died in February, leaving a legacy of service and words that inspire and challenge us to think differently about the health of humanity.”
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
“The name of the book holds many meanings as the main character is sentenced to a prison term, and the written word ends up helping her get through her time in jail. She works in a bookstore and life unfolds with a spirit in the store, family ties and the murder of George Floyd in their community. As indigenous people, they are seeing events through the lens of their experiences.”
The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol
“I loved this story by a Canadian author. It focuses on characters that seem so irrelevant to each other at first, but as the story unfolds, the connection becomes heartwarming and bittersweet. The Canadian story takes place on and around Lake Superior connecting a past way of life to modern characters with vivid story telling that captures the imagination.”
The Wife Upstairs by Freida McFadden
“GREAT thriller! Kept me on the edge of my seat.”
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Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
“Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of 2021, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope — and a book. In Cloud Cuckoo Land, Doerr has created a magnificent tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness — with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us, and with those who will be here after we’re gone.” (From Simon & Schuster)
Dandelion by Gabbie Hanna
“In this visually thrilling installment of the inner-workings of Gabbie’s mind, we’re taken on a journey of self-loathing, self-reflection and, ultimately, self-acceptance through deeply metaphorical imagery, chilling twists on child-like rhymes, and popular turns of phrase turned on their heads. Through raw, provocative tidbits, Dandelion explores what it means to struggle with a declining mental health in a world where mental health is both stigmatized and trivialized.” (From Amazon)
Add Latino Voices to Your Reading List
May is not only Get Caught Reading Month, but it’s also Latino Books Month. Consider picking up one of these titles by Latino or Latina authors.
May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Since 1949, the United States has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May.
We encourage all readers to add one of these books to their TBR (To Be Read) list this month.
- What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey
- Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams
- The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
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