The Leavers by Lisa Ko

An easy and entertaining read, The Leavers paints the picture of cultural and family ties as well as the oppressive nature towards illegal immigrants in the workplace. As I read about Deming's mother saving tens of thousands of dollars by working as a teenager in China to pay for her entry to America, only to arrive to a crowded apartment where she slept on the floor and worked long (underpaid) hours to pay off her (overpriced) debts to get to New York. It was all eye opening for me, and given in the context of a coming of age storyline.

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Saving Charlotte

Pia's journey through her child's illness seems even more raw and real to me as a mother, for I can only imagine the pain she feels while protecting she offers her children within the four walls of their home.  From the moment she receives the diagnosis of her newborn daughter's illness, Pia is a pillar of strength and a protector of her daughter. She bravely takes her daughter home (much to the surprise and dismay of the hospital and staff) and cares for her in the way she feels her daughter needs. I loved that. I loved the way she knew, instinctively, that she wanted to care for her daughter at home instead of watching her lay in a hospital bed. She spent so much time in that year protecting, feeding and caring for her sweet sick baby that she refers to her house as a cocoon--an illustration that I felt so fitting and inspirational. 

As their journey continues and improves, I found myself invested in this child's wellbeing, as well as impressed and inspired by the strength Pia offers as a mother and caretaker. Through her trusting her own instincts and caring for her daughter, I learned that it sometimes women truly do know their children better than anyone else, and it sometimes can save their lives. Saving Charlotte is worth the read, and this tale of motherhood is a true inspiration. 

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2018 Book List

I always like to have a good book going, especially to read before I go to bed at night. Below is a list of books I have read throughout the year, along with reviews of each linked in the title of the book. Have any book recommendations for me? I'm always on the hunt for a good read, so please let me know in the comments or contact me via e-mail. Enjoy!


Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance

Lion by Saroo Brierley

Saving Charlotte by Pia de  Jong





The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Today Will be Different by Maria Sempe

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Possibilities by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

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