Sometimes the weather outside is terrible and you are stuck indoors. When that happens sometimes a good book is a great way to relax for a bit. Here are a few books you may find enjoyable when the crazy weather outside keeps you inside.
1. The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico
The conflict in Colombia has taken a massive physical and emotional toll on the people of Colombia. Spanning the course of several decades, The Lucky Ones tackles the horrors of the conflict between the FARC and Colombian government. Julianne Pachico masterfully crafts this collection of short stories to show the wide range of the impacts of the conflict. From teachers captured by the rebels to teens stranded at home alone with no way to contact their parents. Although this is certainly a heavy read to pickup when you’re locked indoors, you certainly won’t want to put it down.
2. The One Eyed Man by Ron Currie
It can be tiresome to continually read stories about the everyman whose life is turned upside down by suddenly coming into fame. But a fresh take on the trope is certainly appreciated, and that is exactly what Ron Currie gives readers. The One Eyed Man tells the tale of a man who is thrust into the role of national celebrity after thwarting an armed robbery. However, the narrator quickly finds that his extreme honesty makes him stand out among the crowd of the famous and wealthy. The narrator’s journey is both hilarious and heartwarming, and will leave you with fresh takes on our society by the end.
3. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
A story that could have easily been ripped from one of many headlines over the past two years, The Hate You Give is about a young woman, Starr, whose life is turned upside down with the murder of her friend. It falls upon Starr to clear the air about the circumstances of her friend’s shooting. However, with cops and drug lords trying to intimidate her and her family, the truth can be a dangerous thing.
4. Ties by Domenico Starnone
Marriage is a tricky business. Its success is contingent upon communication, attention, dedication, and most importantly love. But even with the best intentions and with the best circumstances, marriages fall apart without a good explanation. Yet even when it seems as though a marriage may be dead, from the outside it can still seem as though everything is fine. This would seem to be the case in Domenico Starnone’s Ties. Vanda and Aldo’s marriage is all but destroyed at this point, yet neither is willing to admit it. As a result the two continue to trudge through their lives while stuck in a relationship that doesn’t work. Part comedy, part family drama, Starnone explores the life of a relationship, and how we react when it falls apart.
5. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
What does it mean to be you? That is the question Andrea Bern can’t seem to answer in All Grown Up. Although on the surface it seems as though she is your typical independent woman, deep down she struggles to come to grips with how she relates to her world. For although she has lived life on her own terms, it has come at the cost of a kind of disconnect with the lives of the people around her. This all changes when her niece is born with a heart defect and all are forced to reexamine their lives and priorities.
These books can provide you a modicum of comfort when the weather’s too bad to do anything else. Suggestions are welcome as I’m sure everyone has a go to read for indoor weather. Stay safe those of you facing winter storms in the spring!
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