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ML Today Recommends: Books to Read Over Thanksgiving Break

Bored over Thanksgiving break and looking for a good read? Well, fear not because we’ve got five great book recommendations available for you! We’ve also included the genre and a brief synopsis for your convenience. Feel free to let us know in the comments your thoughts on these books if you get a chance to read them!

Number 1: There There by Tommy Orange (Historical Fiction)

This story follows 12 indigenous characters traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, and each has a past that weighs on them heavily. There is beauty and healing to be found within all the pain and violence of history; you just have to be willing to look for it.

TW: Mentions of Sexual Assualt, Suicide/Mental Illness, Physical/Emotional Abuse, Violence, Death, and Racism

Number 2: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Fictional Biography)

This particular work is written as a letter to his Vietnamese mother in his late twenties. The novel recounts Little Dog’s childhood, which was plagued by complex family relations and the struggles of second-generation immigrants.

TW: Mentions of Sexual Assault, Death of a Loved One, Racism, Homophobia, Addiction/Drug Use, Physical/Emotional Abuse, and Trauma/PTSD

Number 3: The Martian (Science Fiction)

The Martian follows botanist Mark Watney, who was presumed dead and was abandoned on Mars after the Ares 3 mission was unsuccessful. His time alone explores what it means to be truly alone and the extent of human ingenuity.

TW: Mentions of Violence/Death, Suicide/Mental Illness, Cannibalism, Sexual Content, Racism, and Sexism

Number 4: Summer of Salt (YA/Fantasy Fiction)

Summer of Salt is a coming-of-age novel that follows 17-year-old Georgina Fernweh who comes from a line of magical women that live on an isolated island named By-the-Sea. With her 18th birthday approaching, Georgina longs for some magic of her own, and this summer, she is guaranteed nothing but the truth, whether she likes it or not.

TW: Mentions of Sexual Assault and Death of a Loved One

Number 5: My Sister, the Serial Killer (Mystery/Thriller)

This thriller follows the life of Korede and her younger sister Ayoola, and everyone who is unfortunate enough to get caught in their web of lies. This novel explores the conflict between romantic love and familial obligation, and by the end, only one can continue to exist.

TW: Mentions of Sexual Assault, Physical/Emotional Abuse, Murder/Death, and Gore/Violence

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