Can’t LIVE Without…Summer Reading

With the sweet lull of the summer I’ve taken complete advantage of my opportunity to indulge in a few good books. In fact if you are following me on twitter @AhyanaJenise, and I hope you are, you may have noticed several tweets sharing my EXCITEMENT when the library at my university sends an email saying the book I’ve requested is ready for pick up. This week I wanted to take a minute and share what I’ve been reading and you can believe while these books started out as being borrowed….since I can’t LIVE without them…they’ve been  bought. 

Love Does
By Bob Goff

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It’s quite simple. Love is a verb, so that means it has to do something. Bob Goff does an amazing job talking about the practicality of love, his own experiences of giving it, receiving it, and observing it in the Christian faith when he didn’t particularly identify with any religion. He reminds us that love doesn’t demand expensive things or huge amounts of time, it requires practical thoughtful giving and forgiving action everyday. Love Does is a great read for a LIVEr. 


The Buddha in The Attic 
By Julie Otsuka

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Julie Otsuka draws you in with her unique ability to bring to life the collective voices of Japanese women in the early 1930’s traveling by boat from Japan to San Francisco to meet their new husbands all the way to their experience of being placed in US interment camps during World War Two. I found myself hoping with these women, fearing with them, laughing with them, and admiring their courage and strength as they endured abuse from husbands (their own and other women’s ), raised their children with little means, opened a small family business, navigated the changes as their children became increasingly Americanized, and had to sell their businesses and leave their homes as they marched to the internment camps. Perhaps what Julie Otsuka does best is she welcomes and guides you into Japanese culture and yet still powerfully points out the universal trials and triumphs of women in general. 

Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will To Lead
Sheryl Sandberg

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There’s been quite  a bit of buzz about this book since it’s release this past March. In fact that’s why I ordered it. I wanted to see what all he hoopla was about. Well, if you do decide to lean in, you will find out about the hoopla. Sheryl Sandberg brings the inequity of women globally but especially her in the US home. Like all the way home. Like she drove the minivan right through the house and at the kitchen table. However, she takes it a step further, imploring women to do whatever it takes to close the inequity gap, reminding them to not settle and that it’s okay to negotiate, ways males an help challenge and close the gap, and she manages to know and respect that some women don’t want to lean in and are not bothered enough to actively address the inequity or encourage the next generation of women to do differently or better. In fact, as a supervisor of two female clinical interns this upcoming academic year, I decided we will read and discuss this book together. 

The 12 Tribes of Hattie
By Ayana Mathis

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Ayana Mathis doesn’t waste any time drawing you into the life of Hattie and August, a young couple in Philadelphia raising 12 children, 11 of which August fathered. Ayana Mathis walks you though the complexities of young love, real mature love, and a mother’s love,  the difference between hope and false hope and the power of forgiveness. She reminds you of the complexities of families because of the complexities of the individuals which families are comprised. And…this book made Oprah’s infamous book club. 


What have you been reading? 
What books are on your night table? xxoo

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