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If you haven’t read Gordimer yet, you’ll want to soon. July’s people is an exploration of what happens when apartheid forces people to examine who they really are deep down inside.
The book about the 1996 perilous Everest climb that left many people dead and others scarred for life. I wanted to go climb mountains after this because the book grabbed me. I truly felt the emotion of the families and listened to the advice gained by those who lived to tell their harrowing tale.
Take a journey on the wild side with Krakauer as he follows wistful Chris McCandless and his path to find himself. Some part of you will want to go along with Chris, although you’ll see through his mistakes and probably wish you could have helped him.
Not many books have grabbed my attention like this one. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be inside the walls of North Korea, you want to read this book.
If you’ve ever wondered if those you encounter every day are truly barbaric, then read this novel. The real barbarians are not who you think they are.
This book will make you feel what it’s like to be in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. The medical miracles performed with few supplies and the struggle to get medical supplies to those who need them most.
Never forget that the way you treat people lasts a lifetime. Danticat is one of the world’s best writers and if you haven’t read her yet, this is the one to read first.
I heard about the zen-like book Simmons wrote and I wondered what a rap music mogul would have to say about advice. It’s less about the money and much more about how to make crucial changes in one’s life, especially in the way one thinks about things.
I discovered this book at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. It is fascinating how ants organize and accomplish more per microgram than perhaps any other creature on earth. There’s no question this book delivers on ants and their talents.
An absolutely wonderful story of a business executive that notices an 11-year old young man on the street and makes the commitment to care for him. The commitment lasts years and they’re still close today. Not to be missed.
Sportscaster Jim Nantz has written a personal and touching story about his own father. It should make everyone reconsider how they’ll feel when their parents reach those last few months of life.
The story of the Sarajevo Haggadah and its origins. Wars over thousands of years have impacted the document, yet it survives and passes its toughest challenge yet in this compelling work of fiction.
A scientific telling of the birth of our universe. Interesting space/time continuum concepts including string theory.
Main character Jacob Jankowski’s journey with the circus. During the novel, you’ll be immersed in the circus and finding pity with several characters who are tragically doomed.
Oscar, ghetto nerd from New Jersey, takes on his constantly moving imagination, his neighborhood, and the world (well, the world at least in his mind). If you haven’t read Junot Diaz, one of the world’s best young(er) writers, you’ve been missing out.
A younger man reunites with his father who won’t make it much longer. He expects little, but actually recovers himself in only the way nature could assist.
I first read this book in my classes 12 years ago and I still love going back through it. Mismatched in every way, yet great friends forever, Kevin and Max inhabit their world in their own way.
Ever wonder if greater happiness is out there for you? This book will set out a path to explain where happiness exists, where it doesn’t, and where you might find it if you look.
The world really is running out of fish and the gene pool is highly corrupt. Greenberg discusses four main fish that people eat and the impact people are having on the environment. If you thought global warming was bad….
When big oil meets wetlands, it’s not a good scenario. Jacobsen profiles the results of the BP oil spill on Gulf wetlands, oyster beds, the livelihoods of those who make their living from the land. After you read this, you’ll wish BP’s fine was higher than it actually was.
You don’t know you know Jeff Bauman, but you do. He’s the guy who owned the artery being pinched by the man in the cowboy hat at the Boston Marathon bombing. I say no more — this is Bauman’s story in his words.
One of the best receivers ever for the Packers, Driver tells us his story from start to finish. The story was full of both potholes and glory and Driver wants us to know it all.
Once you read about this famous receiver’s life, you’ll be ready to go out and work. I’m not sure working harder is possible, but please try!
How to tackle global poverty? Novogratz takes it on here.
Friedman’s journeys in the Middle East are both threatening and enlightening. I learned much about this area from this book.