3 New Books Your Book Club Needs This Week
Life is hectic and tumultuous, and it can be difficult to find a moment for reflection. This week’s new books take a stand and make an argument for acceptance and love: learning to love your body and mind, delving into your family’s fascinating fight against an oppressive system or trying to find peace in the aftermath of a tragedy caused by your own flesh and blood. You’ll want to add these books to your shelves and bring them up at your next book club gathering.
Movement, intuition, eating and mindfulness combine to produce Hudson’s signature winning smile. For those of us who can’t get enough of online quizzes, the book offers a series of questionnaires and interactive exercises to plan the next move in your personalized journey. As Hudson says, nothing is one-size-fits-all, and “it’s the details that make the difference.” Nobody can reach elusive perfection, but Kate gives us a mantra for a modern world: “Pretty Happy is Pretty Great.” (Photos via Gustavo Caballero + Rob Kim)
2. The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley ($18): In Gail Lumet Buckley’s tome, the former wife of honorary Oscar-winning director Sidney Lumet and daughter of Lena Horne, powerhouse vocalist and civil rights activist, chronicles her family’s history from the Reconstruction era through to her parents’ struggle and her own experiences. Buckley’s family, starting with Moses Calhoun, who became a wealthy businessman in Atlanta post-Emancipation, was caught in the intersection of class privilege and racial oppression. They formed an uneasy elite, encouraged not to rock the boat and acknowledge the suffering around them. Gail’s mother rebelled against this directive, refusing to perform for segregated audiences during the Second World War (or audiences where black servicemen were seated behind white German POWs) and assisting First Lady (and badass) Eleanor Roosevelt in passing anti-lynching laws. This book explores Gail’s family’s achievements and the realities of their failures, and is both an intimate family tale and a broader look into the changing face of American race relations. It might break your heart, and strengthen your resolve.