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Christie Arnold “The Nightingale.” About women in France during WWII. Excellent!

Christie Arnold “The Nightingale.” About women in France during WWII. Excellent!

We asked our readers via social media if they have read any good books lately. They gave us some great suggestions to pass along. We’ve also included recent favorites from some of our team members.

Debbie Goetz, publisher I just read “Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer, a historical fiction novel that flows between Nazi-occupied Poland and present day. The author does an incredible job presenting the pain, fear, strength and resilience of a Polish family and their friends, many who died and those who survived, through that tragic time. This book left me sobbing with lessons that struck to my core.

Debbie Goetz, publisher I just read “Things We Cannot Say” by Kelly Rimmer, a historical fiction novel that flows between Nazi-occupied Poland and present day. The author does an incredible job presenting the pain, fear, strength and resilience of a Polish family and their friends, many who died and those who survived, through that tragic time. This book left me sobbing with lessons that struck to my core.

Jordan Ellis, intern A book I read this summer and really enjoyed was “Beyond The Point” by Claire Gibson. It’s a novel about three women who attended West Point, based on real-life experiences of actual female cadets. I enjoyed the fact that, while it was a novel, I was still learning real things about something new, the military and West Point. It was a great story about friendship and female empowerment.

Jordan Ellis, intern A book I read this summer and really enjoyed was “Beyond The Point” by Claire Gibson. It’s a novel about three women who attended West Point, based on real-life experiences of actual female cadets. I enjoyed the fact that, while it was a novel, I was still learning real things about something new, the military and West Point. It was a great story about friendship and female empowerment.

Sharon Livingstone I liked “American Dirt,” “Talking to Strangers” and “Utopia for Realists.” I didn't really care for “The Alchemist” but heard there was plan to make it into a movie.

Sharon Livingstone I liked “American Dirt,” “Talking to Strangers” and “Utopia for Realists.” I didn’t really care for “The Alchemist” but heard there was plan to make it into a movie.

Meghan Warrick “Next Year in Havana” and “When We Left Cuba.” They are books about the same family. They are so good and easy reads.

Meghan Warrick “Next Year in Havana” and “When We Left Cuba.” They are books about the same family. They are so good and easy reads.

Tommy Cardinal managing editor I’ve been reading “America Goes to War” by Bruce Catton. I've enjoyed how he ties the history of the Civil War into how it affects us in the present and goes into great detail with unique aspects of the war like citizen soldiers, the rapid advance of weaponry during the war, etc. Worth a read if you’re interested in American history.

Tommy Cardinal managing editor I’ve been reading “America Goes to War” by Bruce Catton. I’ve enjoyed how he ties the history of the Civil War into how it affects us in the present and goes into great detail with unique aspects of the war like citizen soldiers, the rapid advance of weaponry during the war, etc. Worth a read if you’re interested in American history.

Lindsay Chamberlin, Confessions of a College Park Mom columnist “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle. I bookmarked the page that says: “Let’s conjure up, from the depths of our souls: “The truest, most beautiful lives we can imagine. “The truest, most beautiful families we can fathom. “The truest, most beautiful world we can hope for. “Let’s put it all on paper. “Let’s look at what we've written and decide those are not pipe dreams; these are our marching orders. These are the blueprints for our lives, our families, and the world.”

Lindsay Chamberlin, Confessions of a College Park Mom columnist “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle. I bookmarked the page that says: “Let’s conjure up, from the depths of our souls: “The truest, most beautiful lives we can imagine. “The truest, most beautiful families we can fathom. “The truest, most beautiful world we can hope for. “Let’s put it all on paper. “Let’s look at what we’ve written and decide those are not pipe dreams; these are our marching orders. These are the blueprints for our lives, our families, and the world.”

Teresa TL Bruce, copy editor “An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery” by Rachel May presents the fascinating yet disturbing nonfiction history of a privileged family and the enslaved people who labored for them. The author’s meticulous research and examination of textile artifacts brings light to the previously untold contributions and living conditions of those whose toil made such creations possible. Reading this further opened my eyes to disquieting attitudes pervasive since the establishment of this nation and the need for better understanding and respect for those around us.

Teresa TL Bruce, copy editor “An American Quilt: Unfolding a Story of Family and Slavery” by Rachel May presents the fascinating yet disturbing nonfiction history of a privileged family and the enslaved people who labored for them. The author’s meticulous research and examination of textile artifacts brings light to the previously untold contributions and living conditions of those whose toil made such creations possible. Reading this further opened my eyes to disquieting attitudes pervasive since the establishment of this nation and the need for better understanding and respect for those around us.

Reggie Lyons Reread “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. Hilarious. Witty. Weird.

Reggie Lyons Reread “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. Hilarious. Witty. Weird.

Doris Collins Keeler “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “Uneducated.” Also read Julie Andrews’ “Home” and “Home Work” as well as Bob [Robert] Iger’s “The Ride of a Lifetime.”

Doris Collins Keeler “Where the Crawdads Sing” and “Uneducated.” Also read Julie Andrews’ “Home” and “Home Work” as well as Bob [Robert] Iger’s “The Ride of a Lifetime.”

@j.enny_ lynn “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.

@j.enny_ lynn “Animal Farm” by George Orwell.

@westheoutbackguy No time for that. Building a ship for Mars.

@westheoutbackguy No time for that. Building a ship for Mars.

Mandy Stone Mason I’m currently reading “City of Girls” and like it.

Mandy Stone Mason I’m currently reading “City of Girls” and like it.

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