some recent reads:
Where the streets had a name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
a Palestinian girl (West Banker) travels with a friend into Jerusalem (illegal due to her West Banker status). her trip of about 6 miles takes 6+ hours due to the many checkpoints etc. along the way you get a close-up look of how hard things can be—but there is lots of uplift, too, to prevent total heartbreak. described as a "middle grades" book. the perspective is definitely one of bridge-building and peacemaking, and the focus is on relationships more than politics.
How all this started by Pete Fromm (author of As cool as I am—great book)
some of this book is heartbreakingly beautiful. but the relationship between brother and sister made me uncomfortable at times. & reading about an intense bipolar character had me thinking on people in my life with that experience. too much.
Eating animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
how i love his fiction. i learned some things from the book, for sure, and i enjoyed his style of personal stories intermingled with facts related to food production/consumption. but i've been vegetarian for 20+ years, so much of the more graphic info was not new.
my first read by this author. enjoyable. light "chick lit" with a christian perspective/setting.