With Thanksgiving next week and Christmas is just around the corner, in between parties and family gatherings you may have a moment or two during the holidays to read a book or two. Perhaps you might find a book or two under the tree for you. Here are some of the best books to read this holiday season. There are some fiction and non-fiction on this list that you should add to your reading list.
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
Growing up in the middle of the heartland, Sarah Smash takes a close look at the poverty in the area and how it becomes cyclical from one generation to the next. As the first of her family to graduate from college she went on to be a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She introduces you to her own family and how as Midwestern farmers they still had to struggle to make ends meet despite hard work. It takes you into the world of the working poor and the challenges they face.
American Prison by Shane Bauer
Prison reform has been a hot topic in US politics for a while but investigative reporter Shane Bauer takes you into the world of private prisons. Initially he wrote a piece for Mother Jones but then American Prison takes a much closer and more disturbing look to the cruelty and corruption in the world of private prisons in the US. Here is a look at Bauer’s experiences working in the prison.
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
If you want a nail biter this holiday season then Transcription is a must read. The book is about an 18 year old spy, Juliet Armstrong working for MI5 back in WWII. Working as a spy is dangerous and intense, especially for someone that young and a woman. After the war ends she tries to settle down and live a normal life, but her enemies from the war aren’t ready to let her.
Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
If you are a fan of Shteyngart then you know it has been awhile since his last novel. This book introduces you to Seema the wife of a runaway hedge fund manager and mom to an autistic son. You can walk in the shoes of Seema on her day to day life in New York as she tries to move on and pursue a new relationship. Despite the heavy subject matter there are parts of the book that are actually quite funny and it makes a good holiday read.