The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell has written a funny and poignant look at his life and how it has his experiences have shaped his view of the world and his approach to life. I absolutely loved how open and honest he is about his own “awkwardness” in life, how he has had to bridge so many worlds and how it has affected everything from his family to his career. I think we all struggle to fit into the world and Bell writes so truthfully about finding his own way to become a success. I loved how each chapter examines a topic and the people that influenced him that helped him become who he is and make his own unique mark.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

“Beartown” is a complete departure from Backman’s previous novels and I absolutely loved it. This book starts off making you think this is going to be about a small town and their hockey team finally turning things around for the better. But then it takes a turn that brilliantly examines small town life, where everyone knows everybody and they all have a story to tell, along with opinions about each other. This was such a complex and emotional look at how people act when everything they know and believe is challenged, the power of belonging, loyalty and tradition, and the love of family and friends. Every character examined in this story left a powerful impression on me, and the topic is so timely in this day and age. A must read for fans of Backman as well as his first time readers.