Amazon Best Book – February 2021: The Four Winds

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 USA TODAY BESTSELLER
#1 INDIE BESTSELLER

“The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah is a captivating, heartbreaking tale of a family who will do anything for each other ― and everything to survive. The strength of Hannah’s prose brings the characters to life in a way that will make you unable to tear yourself away from them. You will celebrate their triumphs, mourn their tragedies, and commend their bravery.

Through it all, it is easy to feel Hannah’s desire to honor those who lived and fought through this devastating time in history. The Four Winds is also an ode to the strength and ferocity of mothers, and a declaration that sometimes, love is the only thing that holds us together.

Above all else, The Four Winds is merely a really good story, one that hits you in all the right places and will keep surprising you until the end.”―Associated Press

“Epic and transporting, a stirring story of hardship and love…Majestic and absorbing.”―USA Today

“Hannah brings Dust Bowl migration to life in this riveting story of love, courage, and sacrifice…combines gritty realism with emotionally rich characters and lyrical prose that rings brightly and true from the first line”― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Outstanding…. [A] rich, rewarding read about family ties, perseverance, and women’s friendships and fortitude.” ― Booklist (starred review)

“Brutally beautiful.”―Newsweek

“One woman’s journey exemplifies the hard choices families faced when confronted with survival versus a sense of home.”―GoodMorningAmerica.com

“The Four Winds is a sweeping epic about an American struggling to keep her family afloat. It feels eerily timely as it highlights the ways women rally during a national crisis.”―Real Simple

“Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind. This mother’s soul, suffering the same drought as the land, attempts to cross deserts and beat starvation to save her children with a fierce inner strength called motherhood. A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself.” ―Delia Owens, author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING

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Island – Aldous Huxley

The final novel from Aldous Huxley, Island is a provocative counterpoint to his worldwide classic Brave New World, in which a flourishing, ideal society located on a remote Pacific island attracts the envy of the outside world.

Personally I have always preferred Island to Brave New World, although Huxley is more famous for the latter.

In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.

Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn’t expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.

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Thinking about the big questions today?

The social media giants of the early decades in the 21st century have died and been replaced by ‘CHAT’, a new artificial intelligence network built on a powerful quantum computer, affectionately called the ‘Engine’.

When the engine encounters a signal with no Earthly origins, the opportunity arises for humans to finally ask, why are we here?

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The Truths We Hold: An American Journey

The #1 New York Times bestseller

From Vice President Kamala Harris, one of America’s most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country

Vice President Kamala Harris’s commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents–an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India–met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California’s working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California’s thorniest issues, always eschewing stale “tough on crime” rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither “tough” nor “soft” but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality.

By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in THE TRUTHS WE HOLD a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come.

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Becoming – Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WATCH THE EMMY-NOMINATED NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • ONE OF ESSENCE’S 50 MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK BOOKS OF THE PAST 50 YEARS

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

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New Science Fiction and Philosophy Book Club on Goodreads!

Science Fiction & Philosophy
Science Fiction & Philosophy
2 members

This group has been created to highlight books that speculate about the difficult philosophic questions through the medium of science fiction and/or theory.Does God exist? What happens when we die? Are we alone in the universe? Is there a multi-verse?


Books we’ve read

CHAT
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism
The Selfish Gene
His Dark Materials
The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials



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There’s a Funnelweb on the Floor!

Parenting isn’t easy – especially when you’re half-way round the world!

From the author of the endearing bestseller ‘More to Life’ comes the emotional and humorous sequel of a family on a momentous journey of discovery.

It’s been a testing time for Rachael and her children. After months of challenging travel, they’ve arrived in Australia for a period of readjustment, eagerly awaiting a reunion with fourteen-year-old Sophie, the youngest daughter, who is finally joining them after months of separation. Can Rachael, born-again-single, self-doubting, and on the wrong side of forty, reunite her fractured family?

She now needs a positive attitude and renewed courage to once again guide her children on a headlong journey across oceans, deserts and mountains, towards a better understanding of what defines a family. Meanwhile, she is also on a personal mission: to discover her place in the universe.

Encountering poisonous spiders and dangerous snakes, along with various wacky weirdos, they make their way from Down Under to South America, where they go separate ways. Sophie and her mother continue exploring together. Will they be able to repair their broken relationship?

This empowering, heart-warming and hilarious story takes Rachael from obsessive self-doubt to new worlds and a new future.

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