Suggested Reading Titles

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
by Katherine Boo
Year Published: 2012
 

Boo follows the lives of people living in a Mumbai slum and examines the interconnected-ness of several residents.

 

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Book Trailer

About the Book


 
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102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight To Survive Inside the Twin Towers

by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn
Year Published: 2011
 

“The dramatic and moving account of the struggle for life inside the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, when every minute counted.”

 

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Book Trailer

Book Excerpt


 
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Into Africa: The Epic Adventure of Stanley and Livingstone
by Martin Dugard
Year Published: 2003

"With the utterance of a single line—"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history."

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Excerpt from the book

Book Review


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David and Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
Year Published: 2015

“Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.”

To learn more about the book:

Ted Talk by Malcolm Gladwell 

Book Excerpt and Interview


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Catherine the Great
by Robert K. Massie
Year Published: 2011

Despite her dismal personal life, Catherine the Great became the longest ruling female leader of Russia.

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Book Review



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Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown

by Paul Theroux
Year Published: 2002

In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances.

To learn more about the book:

Book Review



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The Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
Year Published: 2003

Larson "intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death."

 

To learn more about the book:

Book Review

Book Trailer


 


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When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
Year Published: 2016

A surgical resident learns he has stage 4 lung cancer.



 


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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Year Published: 2011

 

"A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln."

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Book Trailer






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The Autobiography of Malcom X: As Told to Alex Haley

by Alex Haley and Malcom X
Year Published: 1965

"Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister."

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Eulogy delivered at Malcom X's funeral service



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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot
Year Published: 2010

The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. The journey starts in the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today there are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells. Her East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated.

To learn more about the book:

Author Website


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American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land
by Monica Hesse 
Year Published: 2017

Washington Post journalist Hesse investigates a string of arsons in rural Virginia that were as much about rescuing a relationship as they were about burning buildings.

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Author Interview