Exploring The Theme of Devotion

This week, Phoenix Art Museum explores the theme of devotion—of giving all of yourself unconditionally to a person, to a family, to a craft, faith, or cause. By reading books on this topic, we add to our understanding of the beauty, the sorrow, the struggle, and everything in between that come from pouring your energy wholeheartedly into a relationship, goal, or creative endeavor. Here are four of their suggestions along with two of our own.

Fiction – Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Two friends embark on a journey with big dreams of becoming dancers, but as complications arise and life happens, they end up on two very different paths that each reveal unjust realities.

Memoir – Becoming  by Michelle Obama

The former first lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With honesty and wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private.

Fiction – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

What would you do if someone you love became a serial killer? Would you try and stop them, or would you clean up the mess?

Fiction – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Now’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with one of the most tragic and beautiful love stories every told.

Fiction – The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis

Tevis’ novel explores the life of fictional chess prodigy Beth Harmon. From her childhood in an orphanage through her struggles with tranquilizer and alcohol addiction to her triumphant rise through the Grandmaster ranks, this coming-of-age story, illustrates the determination to conquer adversity.

Memoir – Breaking Through by Francisco Jiménez

Every middle reader should learn Francisco Jiménez’s story, marked by an unwavering dedication to his family and his education in the face of deportation scares and prejudice.