Stuck at Home with Family? Escape With These Reads!

Hey readers!  It’s another Monday.  If you’re staying at home due to covid-19, however, a Monday feels like any other day, especially if you’re around your family a lot.  I’m here to help, and have put together the perfect list of various kinds of books that you may want to read if you’re around your family a lot.   Do you want to read about dysfunctional families? If you want to read about dysfunctional families, then look no further than the following books!   image via amazon The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story The story follows David Crow and his …

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Hey readers!  It’s another Monday.  If you’re staying at home due to covid-19, however, a Monday feels like any other day, especially if you’re around your family a lot.  I’m here to help, and have put together the perfect list of various kinds of books that you may want to read if you’re around your family a lot.

 

Do you want to read about dysfunctional families?

If you want to read about dysfunctional families, then look no further than the following books!

 

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  1. The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story

The story follows David Crow and his three siblings in their idolization of their dad.  He was a tall, strong, smart, and brave self-taught Cherokee who enthralled his family with stories of his World War II feats.  As time passed, though, he discovered that his father had a dark side to him filled with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies, and even murder.  David gets forced into doing his father’s evil bidding, and is subject to abuse by both him and his new wife.  David’s determination allows him to go to college and achieve success.  Even though he has escaped his father, he has a plan to exact revenge on him.

 

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2.  Villa of Sun and Secrets

The protagonist, Carla Sullivan, will soon have her 50th birthday when she discovers that her husband is having another affair, and after the death of her mother, she is in dire need of an escape.  When she finds an envelope addressed to her mother’s estranged sister, Josette, in the south of France, she can’t help but use this as an escape.  She packs her bags and heads to Antibes to find Tante Josette, but when they begin to connect, Carla discovers things that causes her to question her entire life as she knew it.

 

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3.  Will I Ever Be Good Enough?

This book is less fictional and more focused on real-life circumstances, but that doesn’t make it any less interesting (and informative!).  The book is mainly for daughters who have suffered abuse of selfish, self-involved mothers, and draws upon more than two decades of therapeutic experience as Dr. Karyl McBride guides readers of the effects of emotional abuse and creating individualized programs for self-protection, resolution, and recovery.  The book essentially tries to explain why some mothers may be so harsh on their daughters, and what they can do to begin healing any problems that arose from that.

 

do you want to read about utopian societies?

Here are some books that highlight what a “perfect” society might be… or at least what we would deem perfect.

 

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  1. The Giver

This book follows 12-year old Jonas and what seems to be his ideal world.  However, it’s not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand why the world is so ideal.  Jonas learns that humans had to give up all knowledge, their culture, their art, etc. for this achievement.  All but one: the Giver.  He tells Jonas that people like him contain all the knowledge of the world and its people, and he is now responsible for passing it down to Jonas, the next Giver-in-line.

 

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2.  Farenheit 451

This story follows Guy Montag, a fireman.  His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.  Montag never questions the things he does, returning home each and every day to his wife, until one day he meets an eccentric neighbor named Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and got information from books instead of the mindless chatter of T.V.  When Guy’s wife tries to kill herself and his neighbor goes missing, he begins to question everything.

 

Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism: Jennings, Chris ...
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3.  Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism

This book tells the story of five interrelated utopian movements showing how they are relevant to their time and even our own.  There’s Mother Ann Lee, the prophet of the Shakers, who would build a quiet but fierce religious tradition.  Next is Welsh industrialist Robert Owen, who came to the Indiana frontier to build an egalitarian, rationalist utopia he called the New Moral World.  Next is French visionary Charles Fourier who blanketed American with colonies devoted to inaugurating a new millennium of pleasure and fraternity.  Next is French radical Étienne Cabet, sailing to Texas with hopes of establishing a communist paradise dedicated to ideals that would be echoed a decade later.  Finally, there’s a brilliant Vermonter named John Humphrey Noyes who set about creating a new society where the human spirit could be perfected in the eyes of God.

 

want to read a book to escape your living room?

Try reading these books if you want to separate your mind from the physical plane.  Ok, maybe that won’t happen, but they’ll sure take your mind off of things.

 

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  1. Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter.  He is engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years ago.  As Tracker follows the boy’s scent, he comes across creatures set on destroying him.  Tracker then wonders why things are so against him finding this boy and he questions who he is.  The book draws from African history and mythology to create an amazing adventure that’s also an involving read.

 

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2.  Lost in The Seven Worlds

This is a short story of a young woman who finds herself captive in another world and makes a mistake by falling in love with one of the beings.  She is then faced with a crucial decision: will she remain forever lost in the Seven Worlds, or will she accept the challenge of love and escape?

 

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3.  Hidden Wings

Seventeen year-old Emma Wise is the only survivor in a family car crash.  She is whisked away to Alaska to live with an aunt she’s never met.  Once she’s there, secrets are unveiled and now Emma doesn’t know who or what she is.  A centuries-old prophecy places Emma front and center into danger; evil is after her  and she requires help from her aunt and others to be protected… only until she turns eighteen.

 

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