September Reading Recommendations

A girl reading while sitting on a bed.

Welcome back! This week, we’re featuring some great books to take you beyond your apartment home here in Menomonee Falls, WI. Whether you read them for a book club or on your own, we think these are great additions to your reading list.

The following titles and descriptions can be found by visiting Goodreads.com.
 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

“At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

“When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father….

“Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.”
 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

“Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.”
 

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

“Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.”
 

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams

“A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson….

“Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily.”
 

What are your best book recommendations? Share your reviews with us in the comments. Thanks for visiting The Junction Blog!

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