11 Valuable Books You Should Revisit in 2016
As literature helps us create a more extensive vocabulary, takes us places Oldies, but goodies – here are some book suggestions to lay a strong foundation for 2016!
- Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur – An autobiography of struggle and triumph, Assata’s name literally means “she who struggles.”
- The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots by Brenda Stevenson – on the topic of black popular culture, this book aims to teach us more about Trayvon Martin and the powerful role women played in both these cases.
- Autobiography of Malcolm X As told to Alex Haley – X and Haley describe a battle for survival against social and economic inequity that marked the civil rights era for African Americans.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – As Lee explores traditional gender roles and resists conventional stereotypes of women, themes of womanhood and feminity weave themselves into a wonderfully twisted plot. In a time when feminism was unheard of, see how Lee portrays her characters.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Dr. Angelou tells us the story of her childhood. She suggests we listen.
- Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens by David and Tom Gardner – A relatively short, light, and fun read - this book is a teen’s (or any 20-something’s) guide to smart saving and investing.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker – a tale of battle after battle and persistence, Walker leaves us with an intricate narrative of women united by their love for each other.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – a book that helps you become more proactive and go after the life you really want to live.
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King – “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” King reveals to us his life as a writer, how it all started, and how we can accomplish the same in our own way.
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi – a graphic novel based on a true story, Satrapi humorously and humbly depicts her childhood during the Islamic Revolution.
- A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – Dignity or wealth? Hansberry critiques the disconnect between justice and equality and the American Dream.