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Spring Reading List: Page Turners To Check Out

Spring is finally here which means spending mor time outdoors. And what better way that to pass a nice spring day than reading a good book on a park bench. Here are a few books you might want to check out.

Girls Rule The World: “Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe” by Sarah Gristwood. “Game of Queens” delves into the history of royal women in 16th-century Europe, exploring dynastic conflict, violence, and sexual manipulation. These women were the  female power brokers of their era: Isabella of Castile, Margaret of Austria, Mary of Hungary, Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I of England.

It’s A Man Thing?: “Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society” by  Cordelia Fine. Is testosterone really the “wonder hormone” that makes men successful and daring? Fine is a noted psychologist and in “Testosterone Rex,” she looks at why past and present sex roles are only promoting suggestions for the future. Fines explains this by smartly using stories from daily life, scientific research, and common sense. It all makes for an interesting read that will spark conversation.

Hello, Donald: “The Illegal: A Novel” by Lawrence Hill is relevant right now considering the new President’s take on immigration. This Hill creation is an intriguing political thriller which explores what it truly means to live as an illegal in the United States. Of course, there is a lot of action and suspense in the novel, making it a fast read.

Behind the camera: “Moment by Moment” by John Loengard showcases Loengard’s fabulous and historical photographs of movie stars, writers, politicians, artists, and even other photographers, dating back to 1953. It’s a fascinating coffee-table book with looks at such names as Mariah Carey, Marilyn Monroe,  T. S. Eliot, Bill Cosby, the Beatles (the cover shot) to everyday people including an Etonian to a boy in the streets of Manchester, ranchers, picnickers, and more.

All about O: “Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words” by Anjali Becker is Winfrey’s own story, which of course most of us already know. But what’s revealing here is that “Own It” includes more than 200 of Winfrey’s memories, tidbits of advice, and wisdom.

Call him Jorge: “Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis” by Mark K. Shriver (Author) This intimate portrait of Pope Francis is as down-to-earth as this Pope seems to be. The book is based on interviews with the men and women who knew him pre-Pope, when he was Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Shriver even headed to Bergoglio’s native Argentina to interview people who knew the Pope as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and then when he was a reformist bishop. An interesting biography. As far as the writer, Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network and is a former Maryland state legislator.

It’s A Bizness Thing: “How Performance Management Is Killing Performance and What to Do About It”  by M. Tamra Chandler has been called “the best book on performance management” ever published. Chandler knows her business–she is the founding partner and CEO of PeopleFirm, LLC, a strategy and execution-consulting firm.

Thou shalt not: “Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins” is a novel by NAACP Image award winner and national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray. Inspired by the seven deadly sins, the novel is centered around a woman caught between an entertainment mogul with a shady past and his childhood friend who is out for revenge.

Relearning the basics: The visuals in the innovative “How to Be Good at Math” explains all the basic math concepts taught in schools for children aged 7-11. It’s easy to understand because  of the colorful graphics backed up by real-life examples and fascinating facts.

About language: “Reading Style: A Life in Sentences” by Jenny Davidson is a collection of essays based on series of lectures Professor Davidson delivered at Columbia University.

Health issues: “Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease” by Jon Palfreman discusses this disease that affects seven million people worldwide. “Brain Storms” tells their stories as well as his own. The award-winning journalist was diagnosed with the debilitating illness.

Memoir: “BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr” by James Carr was originally released in 1972, but it is still a vital and relevant, although violent read. BAD tells the story of how Carr evolved from being one of the most notorious criminals in the California penal system of the ’50s and ’60s and early member of the Black Panthers.

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.

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