Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is my Bible, sort of. I read it already 5 times or more. I read it whenever I feel the need to ground myself, whenever I feel the need to reconnect. I almost wish to start it all over again, once I turned the last page.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This is a favorite one as well. Every time I find myself at a crossroad, I read it again and every time I discover new things, new truths between the lines. It’s an easy read and this one leaves you connected to the Beloved, to the Universe and its power.
The Dark Side of Love by Rafik Schami
I LOVED it. It’s an 850 pages book, but I can tell that you forget about time when you get into it. It starts with a murder and it goes back in time, at the beginning of the 20th Century, in Syria, with a forbidden love story. We follow the life of two families over three generations, between chaos, courage, love, politic pressure, religion, separation and betrayal. It’s a fabulous hymn to the power of love.
The House of the Mosque by Kader Abdolah
In this story, we follow the destiny of a family in the turmoil of the revolution that will transform Iran forever.
It’s an interesting read if you wish to understand better what happened in 1979, when the Ayatollah Khomeyni take the power and forced the Shah to leave the country.
Mornings in Jening by Susan Abulhawa
We can never know what is awaiting us, what tragedy will separate us, how we will rebuild our life or even keep living.
Palestine, 1948. A baby is snatched from his mother’s arm by an Israeli soldier. Life will never be the same again. Brothers and sisters will leave apart and become enemies in this never ending war, that keeps killing innocent people until today.
Moving. Powerful. Full of humanity and poetry.
This book was an eye-opener but also showed me that in this conflict, there’s nothing about bad v. good, it’s all about how humans define themselves, it’s about the choices they make and the ones they decide not to make.
For children – English Books
Sometimes, Me, Everything by Emma Dodd
For children – French Books
A l’intérieur de moi by Aurélia Gaud
It’s a book about emotions and feelings, how they influence our life and mood. They are represented by colored strips, in and out of our body. The drawings are very simple. This is a nice way to explain mixed feelings to kids and how to deal with them.
Grosse colère by Mireille d’Allancé