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Lately I have read and loved these books:

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

The author portrays the lives of five young men, among whom her brother, that passed away in tragic circumstances too early.

It is a very intense book, where Ward shares her own fragilities while growing up in a poor Afro-American household, after his father left and her mother was struggling everyday to make ends meet.

Although it is a bit confusing at first, because her own story is told forward and it is interspersed by the dramas of the young men, which are conversely told backwards, I found this book really moving and helpful to get a hindsight of many desperate choices in less fortunate environments. Definitely Ward is an author to keep following. There is a thourough review on the Guardian.

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Amazing book about the lives of Central and South American persons migrating to the United States in search of a better future: the story is told through the eyes of Alma, mother of Maribel, a teenager that suffered a severe incident that left her brain damaged, and of Mayor, the teenager son of her neighbors, that end up falling in love with Maribel. The story is punctuated by the personal tales of all the neighbors living in the same building and of their own life.

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