One of the world's greatest authors' Toni Morrison passed away earlier this year and we had to include one of our favorite books she wrote - Beloved. This novel takes us on Sethe's journey who was born a slave and eventually escapes to Ohio. Even though she made an epic journey, we find that 18 years later she still isn’t free.
Through the novel's conversational style of the ongoing subconscious, we are constantly reminded of her memories of Sweet Home where a number of atrocities took place. These are juxtaposed against her current home which is haunted by the ghost of her baby who never had a name and whose tombstone is engraved with the lone word: Beloved.
THE WHISPER MAN
This novel explores a multi-generational story in this dark, suspense thriller of a father and son who are caught in the midst of an investigation that is focused on catching a serial killer who is transfixed on a small town.
We meet Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who are healing from the sudden death of his wife. The healing takes place with a fresh beginning in their new home in a completely new town - Featherbank.
The town has a past, which includes "The Whisper Man" who abducted and murdered 5 residents 20 years ago by luring them out of their windows with his whispers.
Unaware of this history, a boy vanishes after they move in and it resembles the dark history of the serial killer. The next person to hear the whisper is Tom's son Jake and everyone must confront their past in order to solve this killer wherever the trail leads.
THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS
Anthony Bourdain had a way of storytelling that extended beyond food and encompassed culture and asking questions about the state of the world and who we want to be. This book includes his last interviews with Neil Degrasse Tyson and Anthony was always modest about his skill as a chef; however, he was known for his wit, curiosity, honesty and passion for communicating with others - regardless if it was on his TV Show, an array of stages and beyond. He constantly looked at how what appears on your plate reveals historical and political climates that people are in. His empathy for these conversations while traveling really allowed viewers to understand the world around them as he became known as "The Hemingway of Gastronomy".
These intense moments even continued when he talked about himself in regards to his battles with addiction, or when detailing his thoughts on restaurant critics.