I’m embracing my last summer break before I enter the workforce with a pretty awesome book list. Before my Spring 2018 semester ended I asked my teachers for some of their favorite books and recommendations. Also, I had a few books on my list for a while, and I decided this will be the best chance that I would get to read them all.
I have an Amazon Kindle ( Model: D00901) It’s one of the very first Kindles. I can not read in the dark with it, and it still has a keyboard. I love it, and I had it for years. I do not plan on purchasing a new one until this one dies completely. I enjoy buying my books on my kindle because I prefer to have a more minimalist lifestyle when it comes to my items. Also, I tend to enjoy reading on a screen. I get a weird feeling of frustration when I read for an extended period, and then I see how much more of the book I have left. I know it’s a weird complex but reading physical books overwhelm me sometimes. However, I have a few books that I already have a hard copy of so I will not be re-purchasing the same books, so I’ll be getting over my tiny epidemic.
When you go through the list, you’ll probably realize that there are a few themes: non-fiction, sociology, public policy, African-American history, natural history and slow fashion. The reason why I decided to focus on these themes was that I have a want to help my community. I want to help those who don’t know me and those I come into contact every day.
So, here we go…
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond I was recommended this book by my Human Geography teacher. He gave us the option to watch a video by the author Matthew Desmond. I absolutely recommend watching it. It is a synopsis of his book Evicted. This book received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and many other awards. This book follows a few families and individuals through their struggle in living in the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee. In summary, the author puts that eviction used to be extremely rare in American cities, but now it is prevalent especially for single mothers.
I have begun reading the book, and I’m currently in chapter 7. This book has captured my attention, and I’m learning so much from the families experience. It is heartbreaking but an intriguing story. Desmond, the author, wrote this book like a narrative rather than a regurgitation of statistics and numbers. This makes me feel comfortable to recommend it to my family and friends who are not interested in the same topics that I am.
This is another book I was recommended to by my human geography teacher. I mentioned that I was interested in learning more about the topic of affordable housing to him, so he told me about this book that his book club is reading. I was automatically intrigued. The neighborhood in Atlanta that I live in has been seeing a resurgence of areas that were dead a few years ago. However, a lot of the areas were populated by people of color, and I have been seeing a shift in demographics that is a little bit concerning.
The author takes a reader through the destructive housing policies that uncover the massive, systemic forces behind gentrification in New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. And how the simple question of who can and cannot afford to pay rent goes to the history of America’s race and inequality problem.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex HaleyMy mother talked about this book. She said it was an absolute page turner and she is amazed by the dedication and self-discipline of Malcolm X. This book I already had for a long time in my library. My Aunt bought me a copy years ago however I never took the time to read it. I’m interested in the story because usually I only hear extensively about Martin Luther King Jr. especially since I am from Atlanta, Georgia (MLK’s hometown). But, I wanted to learn about another aspect of the America civil rights movement.
White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin M. Kruse
White Flight was brought to my attention through my job. I work at an art museum, and we had an exhibition where an artist explored color theory and the history of Atlanta’s value of human life through public spaces. The artist used this book as research to help her create pieces. I was really intrigued by the idea, and I wanted to know more about the history of my city.
The author, Kevin M. Kruse, explains the causes and consequences of “white flight” in Atlanta and elsewhere. The author argues that “white flight” was more than white people moving and that it transformed the political ideology of those involved and created modern conservatism.
The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us by Diane Ackerman
I found this book by accident and the title intrigued me. In my opinion, hasn’t it always been “the human age?” Humans have been altering the world to suit our fancy for centuries, so what did this author had to say?
Diane Ackerman’s book won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. The book takes a reader through her unique insight of nature and humans’ place in it. Also throughout the book, she introduces the reader to individuals who are impacting the earth positively.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
This book came up as a recommendation on my Amazon account because ya know, once you google something once it hunts you in the advertisements for weeks. As a promoter for slow fashion, I decided to give this book a chance especially since the reviews seem okay. I don’t have high expectations for this book because I’m sure it’ll be a repeat of information that I already know however the only information I am curious to understand another’s point of view
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett, Jr.
This book was recommended to me by American government teacher. Honestly, I’m excited to read this fantastic book on black American history. I think this book is going be so good that I’m just going to have the book explain its summary. My teacher hyped up Mr. Bennett, and I have high expectations.
“In this completely revised edition of his superb history of black America, Lerone Bennett, Jr., brings his stirring narrative of the black experience up to date. Incorporating the insights of recent scholarship, Mr. Bennett traces black history from its origins in the great empires of western Africa, the transatlantic journey to slavery through Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, and the civil-rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. Interspersed throughout the book are portraits of seminal figures in the struggles for freedom, and a completely updated section highlights black pioneers and their accomplishments” – Back cover of the book
These books are what I plan to accomplish this semester before I go back to school for the fall semester. I’m excited to learn more about topics that I’m actually interested in. If you guys have any recommendations, let me know in the comments! I’m always open to learn and hear others point of views.
Love Jazz ❤