Is there anything more frustrating than discovering that it’s already dawn, in the middle of a good book, and only a few hours until the alarm goes off? Or being so tired of (tele)work, housework and kids’ homework that we can’t even read two or three pages before falling asleep?
It’s also to catch up on readings that serve the holidays. To disconnect from everything and relax by the pool, on the beach or on the sun lounger with a good book and a cool drink – and preferably, in the shade and with sunscreen, because when reading time flies and a good story cannot end with a scald.
And since the days are longer, the heat has arrived and the holidays are just around the corner, we bring you 10 book suggestions from the FNAC, which are authentic roller coasters of emotions and discoveries, to enjoy now that you have more time to indulge in the pleasure of reading.
The Color of Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Recognized for giving voice to feminist themes, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a native of Nigeria, has already been distinguished with several awards and her work is translated into more than thirty languages. “A cor do Hibiscus” is one of her most remarkable novels, where she takes us in an exciting story about freedom, love and hate, and the fine line that separates childhood from adulthood, through the eyes of a young woman, Kambili. Caught between the walls of the family’s luxurious estate and the rules of a repressive father, when a military coup threatens to bring Nigeria down, Kambili is sent by her father, along with her brother, to her aunt’s house. And it is there, in a house full of energy and laughter, that she discovers a new world where books are not forbidden, the aromas of curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and the joy of her cousins echoes. Discoveries that will awaken her to life but also bring unexpected consequences.
Homeward, Yaa Gyasi
This is the first book by Yaa Gyasi, born in 1989, which has already stunned critics and readers alike and made her one of the most promising voices in American literature. “Rumo a Casa” tells the story of Effia and Esi, daughters of the same father, born in different villages in Ghana in the 18th century. While Effia marries an Englishman and lives comfortably in the Cape Coast castle, Esi, unbeknownst to her sister, finds herself imprisoned in the dungeons of the same castle, sold into slavery and sent to America. Taking us through the succession of generations of Esi and Effia, in Ghana and the United States of America, the book shows us the history of slavery and African-American culture in the African and American continents up to the present, side by side.
Lion – The African by Amin Maalouf
This is the imagined autobiography of a fascinating historical figure: the geographer Hassan al-Wazzan, who became known as Jean-Léon de Médicis, or Lion the African, a figure of East and West, a man of Africa and Europe, who lived in the 16th century.
With a life made of adventures, passions and dangers, he goes through the great events of his time, such as the Reconquest, during which he was in Granada, having to flee the Inquisition; the taking of Egypt by the Ottomans; black Africa, during the heyday of Askia Mohamed Touré; and the Renaissance.
The Man Who Liked Dogs, by Leonardo Padura
Winner of the Princess of Asturias de las Letras Award in 2015, in “The Man Who Liked Dogs”, Leonardo Padura involves us in a disturbing and addictive intrigue about the encounters between Iván, an aspiring writer, with an enigmatic man who was walking through the beach with two Russian greyhounds and who confided to him singular stories about Trotsky’s assassin, Ramón Mercader, of whom he knew very intimate details. With these confidences, Iván reconstructs the trajectory of Davídovitch Bronstein, better known as Trotsky, and Ramón Mercader, and how they became victims and perpetrators of one of the most revealing crimes of the 20th century.
Paula by Isabel Allende
With a strong autobiographical character, “Paula” is one of the most intense works of Isabel Allende, one of the most recognized and unavoidable writers in Latin America. Paula, the writer’s daughter, became seriously ill and shortly afterwards went into a coma. During months in the hospital, the author began writing the family history for her daughter, who remained unconscious. In this account, we discover the most intimate secrets and memories of her past and of her home country, Chile, while witnessing the successive attempts to counter and, finally, accept the imminent departure of a loved one. Written as a form of therapy in the face of irreversible disease, “Paula” is a true life lesson, at the same time it allows us to get to know a little better the fantastic world of “A Casa dos Espíritos” and “Eva Luna” – which we feel like, then return.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker
This is a book for anyone wondering why some people work hard for years to earn money and others seem to get rich so easily. According to the writer, this is not due to differences in education, intelligence, talent, opportunities, working methods, contacts or luck. The answer lies in the personal model of money that we all have engraved in our subconscious. Thus, for Eker, even when a person dominates the area in which he moves professionally, if the money model he follows is not programmed for a high level of success, he will never become rich. The writer then presents the principles that govern a millionaire mind and an infallible method of managing money.
Sapiens – A Brief History of Humanity, Yuval Noah Harari
Through concepts from paleontology, anthropology and sociology, Yuval Noah Harari analyzes the main evolutionary leaps of humanity, from the human species that coexisted in the Stone Age to the technological and political revolutions of the 21st century — which transformed us into gods, capable of creating and to destroy. A challenging, disconcerting and intelligent work, in a completely unique and original way of seeing our History and the impact of human beings on the planet.
Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman
This is the book that brings the scientific explanation behind the emotions of some of the most confusing moments in our lives and the world around us. Daniel Goleman is the one who guides us through this journey of discovery, so that in the end, we learn to manage our emotional life with intelligence. As Aristotle explains, the problem is not emotions, but the meaning of emotions and expressions. “Emotional Intelligence” thus seeks to answer the question: “how can we bring intelligence to our emotions, and civility to our streets and concern for our community life?”
Verity by Collen Hoover
Collen Hoover has already reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and his books have been translated into over 30 languages. In “Verity”, it tells the story of Lowen Ashleigh, a writer in great financial difficulties, until she accepts a job offer she can’t refuse: finishing the last three volumes of the hit series by Verity Crawford, a renowned author who became incapacitated after a terrible accident.
At the invitation of Jeremy Crawford, the author’s husband, and in order to get inside Verity’s head and study the notes and ideas gathered over years of work, Lowen temporarily moves into their house. But what he eventually discovers in Verity’s chaotic office is the author’s unfinished autobiography, with pages and pages of chilling confessions, including her memories of the day her daughter died. She decides to hide the existence of the manuscript from Jeremy, until feelings between the two intensify and she begins to think that maybe it’s best that he read the words written by Verity.
Best Spiritual Tales from the East, Ramiro Calle
Ramiro Calle made more than seventy trips to Asia to collect the best and most instructive 250 tales from that continent, collected here in a book. These are tales that share fundamental and profound knowledge that open the mind and heart, and can be interpreted according to the perspicacity and degree of mental maturity of those who listen to them.
They are to be read and reread, in order to take advantage of their teachings, which allow us to transform our minds, calm our anxieties, find inner peace and improve our lives.
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