It is about how some people go from the "first mountain" of life to a "second mountain". The first mountain is culture endorsed (self-satisfaction or what the author refers to as Hyper-individualism) and people learn that money, accomplished success and happiness can and will fade away. The second mountain is more rewarding, in it you find gratefulness, kindness and joy. The book has 4 parts to it, the first is about Vocation, which has helped me learn a few new ideas that I can bring to the career coaching field. The second is about relationships, third Philosophy and faith, and lastly community
Laura, Marketing & Digital Strategy, Richland Library:
I loved escaping into Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy! A perfect blend of magic, history and, surprisingly, some cameos by classic literary figures. If you like YA but want something a bit more mature, Harkness doesn't disappoint. Her fast-moving trilogy traverses the globe--while offering a tinge of mystery around every corner and a much-needed dose of hope for the future. As if that's not enough to intrigue you, the protagonists' forbidden relationship begins in a library.
Megan, Research & Readers' Advisory, Richland Library Main:
The Beauty of Your Face is a tragic and compelling look at what it is like to be the child of immigrants and a Muslim in the United States. The book spans the life of Afaf, whose older sister's disappears tears her family apart. Afaf struggles with her alcoholic father, her distant and grieving mother, and her own inability to fit-in. Eventually Afaf joins her now sober father and becomes a devout Muslim only to end up facing even more prejudice for her freely made religious decisions. Afaf continues to stand up for herself and her choices even in the face of unspeakable hatred and violence.