Author: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Themes/Topics: Medical Trauma, Capacity of the Human Brain
This is a life-changing read. I am going to recommend/buy it for many people in my life. The beginning can be a little science heavy, and for someone whose interests lie elsewhere, it was a little tough. I highly recommend trying some of it on audio because it is easier to pay attention, and also, it is read by the author who has a clear passion for the material. This novel illustrates the recovery possible of the brain after a stroke, but it is so much more than that: it illuminates the possibilities we have inside ourselves to grow from within our own minds.
Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Themes/Topics: Murder, Heaven, Love/Loss
Wow. This novel hit me hard. It is a powerful tale of murder and the aftermath it leaves to those that survive and are left to pick-up the pieces. Even so, the murder is just the pathway that allows the author to convey an interesting take on the afterlife which leaves you wondering...what if?