If you are looking for something to read or listen to during COVID sheltering, here are ten books of the most interesting books I have read this year.
1. Themes & Variations — David Sedaris — This has to be the 1. funniest book I read so far this year. Sedaris’ humor about the most mundane things are a gift
2. Other People’s Trades — Primo Levi — Essays that are mentally challenging and humorous. Levi is a magician of language.
3. No More Mr. Nice Guy — Dr. Robert Glover — As a reforming nice guy, this book helped me figure out what is so frustrating about being a “nice guy”.
4. The Nickel Boys — Colson Whitehead- I may be biased because I am a serious fan of Colson Whitehead, but The Nickel Boys is classic material. The research combined with brilliant writing tells a compelling story. The timing of the publication of this book couldn’t better with all the civil unrest in our nation.
5. African Folktales — A. Kwada- A great collection of short tales from all over Africa. The origin stories are my favorite
6. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories — Leo Tolstoy — Tolstoy is a master storyteller. His descriptions of the human condition are on point. It is difficult to believe it was written more than 100 years ago
7. Manage Your Day to Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind— Jocelyn Glei — A great book to help a great platform for creative productivity
8. Those Who Ride the Night Wind — Nikki Giovanni — A collection of poetry by a woman I consider the Jill Scott of poetry
9. Malcolm & Me — Ishmael Reed- A great story about Reed’s meeting and interactions with Malcolm X.
10. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison – Classic material at a very relevant time. The book was written in the 1950’s and still cuts too close to home.