Mary L. Trump holds a PhD in clinical psychology, and as the president's niece, is in the unique position an up-close-and-personal view of his extended family. Donald J. Trump's early years were difficult - his mother was always in great pain, and his father worked constantly and was in little contact with the children. He was the second son, and not the one groomed to take over the family business. And he was rewarded with attention only when he was acting like ruthless bully.
The Trump family history is an interesting one, and Mary Trump certainly writes well, is insightful without judgement, and is in full command of her specialty. This was a very interesting read.
I loved traditional fairy tales and princesses, but when I had a princess of my own, The Paper Bag Princess became my favorite book. Elizabeth is a princess that no one needs to rescue - she can take matters into her own hands, outsmart dragons, and save Prince Ronald, whom she plans to marry. She's spunky and resourceful, and you'll cheer her on - especially (no spoilers!) on the last page...
Eddie, Beth, and Portia Morgan are recreating the road trip they took with their grandfather when they were kids - but not because they want to. All but estranged for years, the siblings were directed to take the trip in their grandfather's will, and anyone not complying with his final wish won't inherit.
But time with family can be tough, especially when you're all keeping secrets and a mysterious black truck keeps following you...
He Started It keeps the twists going right until the end.
Sisters Lauren and Kate have had a contemptuous relationship since their father died a year ago, and the weekly Sunday brunches their mother Rose holds are doing little to keep the peace. But when a young woman turns up at the door with the news that she is Lauren and Kate's half sister, the family tries to simultaneously keep their secrets and discover the truth. Sandie Jones also wrote The First Mistake and The Other Woman, and while this psychological thriller began a bit slowly, it will keep you guessing until the very last sentence.
Author Robin Diangelo had been consulting, training, and lecturing on the subject of racial tensions for over twenty years, and know how difficult it is for White people to discuss. Guilt, fear, and perhaps ignorance make the conversation hard, but Diangelo makes the case that racism isn't restricted to "bad people" and we need to talk about it in order to progress. White Fragility was hard to read, but thought provoking and insightful.