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This month I’m feeling like I could use a refill – check out my book picks and sink into some stories that really filled up my cup. 

True Biz by Sara Novic 

This is a story about human connection – and all the challenges and beauty that exist in the deaf community. It provides some insight into deaf culture and is both touching and thought-provoking. As the amazing Reese Witherspoon says, “It is both an educational and electrifying peek into a family’s life as they fight to forge connections even as the outside world threatens to close the door on them. I loved this story so much; it is not one to miss.” 

What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah, one of the greatest forces in entertainment history, has a lifelong interest in understanding and overcoming the profound effects of childhood trauma, and helping others move forward into what she calls, “post-traumatic wisdom.” This book is truly incredible and urges all of us to approach trauma, (and human behaviour), through a different lens. 

Unreconciled: Family, Truth, and Indigenous Resistance by Jesse Wente 

Jesse Wente is an incredibly talented Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, and arts leader. Born and raised in Toronto, his family comes from Chicago and Genaabaajing Anishinaabek and he is a member of the Serpent River First Nation. Described as “part biography, part social and cultural manifesto, and part film analysis” this book speaks to the power of vulnerability and highlights Wente’s journey as a mixed blood kid in Toronto facing everyday racism, to becoming the face (actually more like the voice) of Indigenous film appreciation and criticism.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer 

An oldie, but a goodie. One that I like to revisit, this book is transformative in every sense of the word. “Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, Singer’s writing will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.” A forward-thinking read for anyone who is looking to incorporate some spiritual practices into your life. 

Finding Me by Viola Davis 

This a fascinating and deeply reflective memoir. Viola Davis is a force, and beyond inspirational. She says, “I wrote this for anyone running through life untethered, desperate and clawing their way through murky memories, trying to get to some form of self-love. For anyone who needs reminding that a life worth living can only be born from radical honesty and the courage to shed facades and be…you.”  

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