There's nothing worse than finishing a captivating book and feeling like you just had to say goodbye to an amazing friend. It's also pretty tragic when you get a few chapters into a new book and feel like you're wasting your time reading it. So we've started asking the other women around the office what they're reading, so we can have a solid list of recommendations of what to dig into next!
JEN: Director of Merchandise Planning
I just finished reading Nightingale- it’s set during WWII, in German-occupied France and is about two sisters and their lives over the course of the war. Their story really reminded me that while different people and personalities react differently during times of strife, there are many ways to make a difference when others are being persecuted. The book also wove together a family’s hard history while simultaneously showing the strength of their family bonds. I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves historical fiction!
TESSA: Outbound Logistics Manager
I'm reading Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women - it's a research study done by two women who interviewed over 100 women who were living true to their calling - as a spiritual leader/follower, artist, poet, medicine woman, rehabilitation coordinator, healer, etc. The writers were looking for similarities in the lives of these women - searching for the secret to leading an authentic, spontaneous life. They talk about what it means to transcend from child to woman, relationships, and building your own safe, spiritual garden that is uninhibited by society and preconceived expectations.
MEGAN: Jewelry Maker
I highly recommend Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time for all women, especially moms or future moms! This book is an awesome, and terrifying, look at what Western culture has done to our schedules, specifically for women and mothers. It looks at how we structure our free time and work time and how those areas have become so intertwined we can no longer relax without feeling guilty or giving up something. The author proves we actually have significantly more time than we feel like we do and shows different cultures and individuals who have re-structured their lives to be more efficient with much more rest.
I loved this book. Being a new mom I have felt pulled in a hundred directions and constantly feel like I'm making a mistake with how I spend my time. This book helped me find a little bit of peace with my choices and also solidified the direction I want to go in - one in which I have more control over my work life and my time.
HOPE: Communications + Content Coordinator
I just finished reading a magical tale set in Iran titled A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea. I’ve always been drawn to stories set in the Middle East for the colorful lifestyle and alternative perspective they reveal. This story is about an 11 year-old girl growing up in Iran in the 1980s after her twin sister and mother have disappeared. The young girl is perplexed by the mystery of their disappearance and conjures up stories of what may have happened to them. Her fascination with American culture convinces her that this is where her long-lost twin must be. While her own life is still being controlled by post-revolutionary Iran, she dreams of how her story would have played out if she was in the Western world like she imagines her twin is. Living vicariously through her lost sister, she creates freedom through stories of her sister living in America. The book is a captivating tale that immerses you in another culture while revealing the bravery and tenacity of young female determined to remain in control of her own fate.