It’s been a rough week for all, no matter which candidate you supported on Tuesday. The division between parties is palpable every where, and it seems you can’t go anywhere without hearing an opinion that steps on someone else’s. Our country is in a state of deep uncertainty, in which we must decide whether to let our ugliest or best selves show. It is time to be kind. It is time to be empathetic. It is time to be educated. Here are three books to help you in that cause.
- The People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.
Because who doesn’t love a good banned book? It’s a detailed account of America’s history from the people and causes that were exploited by its progress. Not an easy read emotionally, but the truth never is.
- The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman.
I read this for the first time this summer and pledged to read it every year for the rest of my life. It’s that important. Part thought experiment, part haunting testimony to the irrevocable impact we’ve had on this planet, it poses the question: what would the world be like if humans disappeared?
- Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Sheryl WuDunn and Nikolas Kristof.
Even more so than the last, the most important book I’ve ever read. As an old proverb says, “Women hold up half the sky.” Yet we receive much less than half of all opportunity. Read, weep, and then wipe your tears away and act.
Written by Mara Strobel-Lanka.