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8 Mid Summer Sixteen Reads

8 Mid Summer Sixteen Reads

Its mid summer and it’s HOT outside! While it’s important to stay cool, it’s even more important to stay inspired. So as we approach the eighth month of the year, here’s 8 inspiring reads you must pack for your plane/train/bus ride heading to your end of summer vacation. For your trip to the beach or pool; for your commute to and from work; or for your chill at home on the balcony or couch day.

1. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and The Catch comes Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person. In this memoir Rhimes doesn’t hold back sharing shamelessly, funny and conversational tales on how she went from a shy little girl from Chicago to one of Hollywood’s most powerful women who owns ABC’s Thursday nights. In this inspirational read, she reveals how saying YES to everything that may terrify you may end up being the best thing you could do for yourself.

Along with many others, praised Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person stating, “If you enjoy the rapid-fire dialogue of her characters, reading this book will feel like home. Rhimes opens up, and inspires, discussing her personal experiences as a sister, daughter, mother, friend and boss tempered with biting insights on societal expectations of women…[a] blend of biography and badassery.”

2. A Moment of Silence: Midnight III by Sistah Souljah


Infused with passion, danger and adventure, Souljah brings Midnight back in her third installment of the series. A Moment of Silence: Midnight III, follows young, Muslim Midnight as he manages his family of two wives, his mother and sister. As a foreigner in America he is misunderstood, surrounded by others who doesn’t understand his culture and beliefs. Some are even offended by his maturity and intelligence that makes him wise and beyond his years to almost everyone he encounters. But when a predator target one of his love ones, the usual calm and confident Midnight loses his cool. As a result to his retaliation, he will find himself in a dark world full of dirty cops, gangs, drugs, and violence related. It’s where he uses his most powerful weapon: Silence—that may be the only thing to save him.

3. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile


Young widow Charley Bordelon surprisingly inherits 800-hundred acres of a sugarcane plantation after the death of her adoring father. She and her preteen daughter leave California’s city of angels, and head to her southern roots in Louisiana to collect her inheritance. However, upon her return she soon learns that sugarcane business is not easy, and she’s in for more than she anticipated . . . First time author, Natalie Baszile delivers a heart filled story that explores parenting alone, dealing with personal reinvention while struggling to build a new life. Queen Sugar is an inspiring moving story with raw emotions that run through families during turbulent times. No wonder Oprah snagged the rights to adapt this tale into a TV series.

4. God Help the Child by Toni Morrison


For the first time Toni Morrison penned a novel in the current moment. God Help the Child tells the saga of what happens in our childhood could affect us in our adult life. Meet Bride, who despite her striking dark skinned beauty and confidence, she is denied by her light skinned mother. In spite of the rejection, Bride grows up to find success in her profession as a cosmetics mogul. But due to the unhealed wounds she developed as a child, her personal life relationships take an emotional wallop. In God Help the Child you could expect nothing less than an inspiring unflinching story. We learn that a wound will never heal unless it’s been properly treated. Newsday commentated Morrison latest work stating, “Morrison has a Shakespearean sense of tragedy, and that gift imbues God Help the Child. The ending is exquisite, bringing to mind Gwendolyn Brooks’ wonderful lines: ‘Art hurts. Art urges voyages – and it is easier to stay at home.’”

5. Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace by Alana Raybon and Patricia Raybon


A captivating story, Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace is written with a tensed curiosity and powerful reality on how to respect, not only your children, but others around you decisions. After not speaking for ten years because of her choice to convert to Islam, Alana Raybon and her Christian mother, Patricia Raybon make amends to fix their broken relationship. The mother-daughter share their story on family and faith, what divided them, and what brought them back together. This memoir is raw and honest filled with multi-dimensional series of different religion journeys. Yet a poetic prose as they tackle a ton of issues many households face when it comes to different beliefs systems.

6. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Oldie but goodie . . . Think and Grow Rich is a must read at least once a year, every year. Written almost eighty years ago, this self-help book still stands as a giant in the inspirational arena. It has even been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature”. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s magic formula for success, Hill gives you 13 principles to follow basic techniques to master what you’re destined to do in life. The pages are graced with money-making secrets. It’s the guild to goal setting and how to execute them— while teaching you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. This read will expose you to highly effective ways to transform your dreams into reality— by not only what to do, but how to do it.

7. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson


Another Brooklyn is told in another tone, set in another emphatic, revealing another beauty and burden. This moving novel will bring you into the world ofAugust, who paints a vivid picture, in a poet’s prose, of what it’s like being a young black girl during the 1970’s in Brooklyn. Upon returning to her old neighborhood after her father’s death, she reunites with her brother and childhood friends. Gentle memories brings August back to the days where she and her friends were attached to their beauty, talent, intelligence, and the bright future ahead of them. But there was an underbelly of Brooklyn. The not so gentle place— but another place of dark clouds over the heads of grown men preying on innocent girls in dark hallways; where mothers left their children motherless; and where fathers searched religion to find their sun on the horizon. “Another Brooklyn is an enthralling work of literature from one of our most gifted novelists.”

8. Fire Shut Up In My Bones: A Memoir by Charles M. Blow


Fire Shut Up In My Bones, a passage from the book of Jeremiah 20:9: “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.” This one line just about sums up the New York Times columnist well crafted luminous memoir. He delivers an inspiring personal journey full of richness rendering his painful past. Blow takes us back to rural Louisiana, where he grew up, a town suffering from the destruction of racism and extreme poverty. Blow’s blunt and honest tone reveals the scars that were left on him after being victimized as a child followed by sexual abuse. Because of this he went through a range of shame, anger and self-blame that eventually led to a social withdrawal. But when he’s accepted into college andjoins a black fraternity, he digs deep into himself and finds a new self-identity that where destiny has it, he goes on to endure, and prevail.

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