Books Still I Rise and The Second Home

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The first book I am recommending  today is Still I Rise The Persistence of Phenomenal Women by Marlene Wagman-Geller.  This inspirational book tells the stories of twenty five courageous women who rose above their circumstances to make a difference in the world. There are stories of women whom most people would be familiar with like Carrie Fisher and J.K. Rowling. There are also stories of women who most people probably never heard of like Irena Sendler, who rescued numerous children during the Holocaust and Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her seat on a public bus even before Rose Parks. If you need a little encouragement in your life during these difficult times, the lives of these women will give you hope. 

The second book I am recommending today is The Second Home by Christina Clancy. This book is the story of the Gordon family who happily spends every summer in their beloved summer home until one dark summer some thing happens that tears them apart. Ann eventually moves to Boston, Poppy goes off to travel around the world and their adopted brother, Michael completely disappears from their lives. When the sudden death of their parents brings them together again not only the fate of the summer house needs to be decided but the fate of the family itself. Reading this book is like watching a train bearing down on a car stuck on the railroad tracks. You can see something bad is coming, but you can’t stop it, and and you can’t look away. In some ways this book will stir up your anger especially if you are a parent, but in other ways it will touch you deeply The author does an excellent job of depicting the characters of the three siblings and portraying them each in a sympathetic way. Your heart will go out to this family, and you will root for them.

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Still I Rise

The Persistence of Phenomenal Women (Biography of Strong Women, Feminist Gift and Gift for Teens, for Fans of The Book of Awesome Women)

Intrepid women heroes: When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invictus. The inspirational verse by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invictus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. Still I Rise embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. Intrepid women heroes are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince, they took salvation into their own hands.