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!

  1. Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur – An autobiography of struggle and triumph, Assata’s name literally means “she who struggles.”
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry – Dignity or wealth? Hansberry critiques the disconnect between justice and equality and the American Dream.