A well rounded woman is a woman who reads, and whether you love the traditional comfort of a hardcover or the modern convenience of an e-reader, indulging in a good book feeds the mind and soothes the soul.  Here are three books with captivating stories that are sure to be welcome additions to any book collection.

After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti – Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat first caught most readers’ attention with her book Breath, Eyes, Memory, and while that book certainly mesmerized readers, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti, gives you on a sensory experience that introduces you to a different side of Haitian culture.  Twenty years after emigrating to America, Danticat returns to her native Haiti and the coastal village of Jacmel to take part in her first Carnival, something she was forbidden to do as a child by her uncle, a Baptist minister with whom she lived before joining her parents in New York at age 12.  In the book we follow her as she rediscovers her nativeHaiti and all of its wondrous people and pleasures.

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  • Sue

    To that list I would add Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett.

    Picked this up on a whim at the library. It’s a novel about a black woman who travels to Paris as part of a promise she made to a friend. While there a chance encounter leads to discover some things about herself and her family’s past. The story goes back and forth between contemporary Paris and the jazz scene in Post World-War II Paris. If you like historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this one. The blurb on the book says “this story is multilayered…like a french pastry” and indeed it is! Very descriptive, beautiful language, overall a great read!

    • C

      Thanks for the recommendation. Sounds good.

    • S

      Another really good read from a few summers ago Hold Love Strong by Mathew Aaron Goodman. It’s about a young man struggling to navigate life in the NYC projects, the story sounds familiar but this the author told this beautifully. A tragic story but hopeful at the same time. If you like to savor language, this is for you!