5 Books to Add to Your TBR Stack in May
From historical fiction to self-help, we have great titles to add to your “To Be Read” stack this month!
1. OF WHITE ASHES BY CONSTANCE HAYS MATSUMOTO & KENT MATSUMOTO
Inspired by the true stories of the authors’ family, Of White Ashes crosses oceans and cultures, illuminating the remarkable lives of two Japanese Americans who endure seemingly unbearable hardship during World War II. Their experiences compel us to reflect on the resilience of humanity and the risk of history repeating.
2. WAR’S OVER, COME HOME BY PATRICK SMITHWICK
Patrick Smithwick’s relentless focus on the life of his (two-tour Marine veteran) homeless son is a microcosm of the national nightmare 50,000 homeless veterans and their families are living every day. Yet, Smithwick imbues every chapter with hope: hope for his son, hope for his marriage, hope for his country. This is a memoir of love, perseverance and hope.
3. FIRES, FLOODS, EXPLOSIONS AND BLOODSHED: A HISTORY OF TEXAS WHISKEY BY ANDREW BRAUNBERG
There have been dozens of books written about the history of American whiskey and its place in our culture, yet there are still many stories about whiskey that haven’t been told. The history of Texas whiskey is one of those stories. It’s a fascinating and important topic that, for some reason, has never been documented, until now. Filled with fascinating stories of the pioneering spirit of Texas whiskey distillers, archival photos and newspaper ads, figures of homemade and commercial whiskey stills, and even lists of Texas distilleries, Fires, Floods, Explosions and Bloodshed: A History of Texas Whiskey should be a staple in every whiskey lover’s bookshelf or bar.
4. FALLING STARS BY JULIE ROGERS
In this urban fantasy, nine-year-old Tommy needs a bone marrow transplant but thinks his disease is a curse on his bloodline that only magic can cure. He reads about vampire Claudius Fallon who supposedly came to Eureka Springs, Arkansas seeking a cure for his own leukemia. Vampires aren’t real, so what’s the connection between urban legend Fallon and local artist Callan Masters—who may hold the secret to keeping the boy alive?
5. STUFF NOBODY TAUGHT YOU BY SUMMER McSTRAVICK
Summer McStravick is a powerhouse of positivity and inner transformation. A personal growth coach and creator of Flowdreaming® – a mind-body protocol practiced by over 180,00 people for emotional reconditioning and manifesting desires, Summer understands the importance of remaining attuned to your emotions, needs, and longings and knowing when and how to pivot when life demands it. In Stuff Nobody Taught You, Summer – with saucy straight-talk and actionable tips – distills principles Summer teaches at her popular M.E. (Mindset and Emotion) School in 40 bite-sized lessons to help readers create wildly successful and happy versions of themselves.