Reading the Stars: Gemini Book Recommendations

Swirling illustration of zodiac symbols against celestial background.

 

The air sign Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury and symbolized by the Twins. Born between May 20 and June 19, Geminis are many-sided, quick in thought and action, clever with words, skillful at handling others, and brimful of new ideas. Their strengths often lie in their intelligence, adaptability, and communication skills. Not much for sitting back and watching the scenery go by, Geminis are often curious about everything and desire to be a part of the busy passing scene. Routine and monotony are two things Geminis tend to dread and will often go to any lengths to avoid. They are born conversationalists who thrive on change, new experiences, and interactions with others. Here are some great recommendations for our Gemini readers:

 

Astronaut floating in Martian atmosphereThe Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

 

 

 

Pictograph of cartoon man running through graphicSmarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

 

 

 

Woman in deep colored lighting and rich jewelryThe Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch – she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

 

 

Two women back to back outlined against bright backgroundHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Ghana, eighteenth century: two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. This novel follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary storytelling illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

 

 

Picture of one man split in two and each half characterized differentlyThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Idealistic young scientist Henry Jekyll struggles to unlock the secrets of the soul. Testing chemicals in his lab, he drinks a mixture he hopes will isolate - and eliminate - human evil. Instead it unleashes the dark forces within him, transforming him into the hideous and murderous Mr. Hyde. This story dramatically brings to life a science-fiction case study of the nature of good and evil and the duality that can exist within one person.

 

 

Floral background with main characters illustrated on coverA Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

When the kind and imaginative seven-year-old Sara Crewe reaches Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies with her papa, she doesn’t quite like it. The apple of her father’s eye, Sara has all the privileges at the seminary and is treated with special care. Soon enough, she befriends her classmates and is nicknamed “Princess”, something she often pretends to be. But just after her eleventh birthday, when the news of her father's death arrives, everything changes. Will Sara Crewe's imagination help her cope with the loss and hardships?

 

 

Negative image of winter woodsIn a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

 

 

 

Kamala Harris smiling into the cameraThe Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in The Truths We Hold a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values.

 

 

 

vibrant background resembling tropical bird feathers with gold textMouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

These brilliant stories burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary collection featuring women on the edge, men turned upside down, and the natural world at odds with reality. We think life is one way, but often, it's not -- our expectations for how people act, love, fear can all be upended. Each character within must contend with the unexpected – a family coming apart at the seams, a child transforming, a ghostly hellscape, or even murder.

 

 

Flowers set against pale creamy yellow backgroundUnsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

This novel is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.

 

 

 

Tiger set against black background with swirling green smokeNaamah by Sarah Blake

With the coming of the Great Flood—the mother of all disasters—only one family was spared, drifting on an endless sea, waiting for the waters to subside. We know the story of Noah, moved by divine vision to launch their escape. Now, in a work of astounding invention, acclaimed writer Sarah Blake reclaims the story of his wife, Naamah, the matriarch who kept them alive. Here is the woman tormented by dreams and questions of her own—questions of service and self-determination, of history and memory, of the kindness or cruelty of fate.