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8 Enlightening Books that Will Change Your Worldview

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Books are bridges to disparate worlds, whether they’re fantastical worlds teeming with magical beings or the hidden but very real worlds in our own backyards. It only takes one story to change your entire outlook about a person or place in history. We asked you on Facebook and Instagram about the books that changed your worldview. You came up with novels and memoirs set in different parts of the world and taking place in different moments in time, demonstrating how powerful reading can be.


The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose stubborn nonconformity was both their curse and their salvation. In this astonishing memoir, Walls recounts how her family’s dysfunction left her and her siblings to fend for themselves, weather their parents’ betrayals, and finally find the resources and will to leave home.

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The Glass Castle
Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose stubborn nonconformity was both their curse and their salvation. In this astonishing memoir—the basis of the forthcoming film starring Brie Larson—Walls recounts how her family’s dysfunction left her and her siblings to fend for themselves, weather their parents’ betrayals, and finally find the resources and will to leave home.

Read a review of THE GLASS CASTLE here.

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Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters are separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. HOMEGOING traces the descendants who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn.

Read the full review of HOMEGOING.

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Homegoing
Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters are separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. HOMEGOING traces the descendants who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and 300 years of history, each life indelibly drawn.

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The Stranger
by Albert Camus

A must-read classic, THE STRANGER tells of an ordinary many who murders a Arab man on an Algerian beach. When the man is tried for murder, he soon realizes his murderous act was the least of his offences.

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The Stranger
Albert Camus

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Educated
by Tara Westover

Tara Westover’s EDUCATED is a remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.

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Educated
Tara Westover

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
by Vaddey Ratner

A coming-of-age story and a heart-wrenching portrait of the Cambodian killings under the Khmer Rouge regime, IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN tells the story of seven-year-old Raami and her family who are swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced to leave their home.

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In the Shadow of the Banyan
Vaddey Ratner

Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing novel is also an extraordinary celebration of strength, survival, and the transcendent power of imagination.

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Black Like Me
by John Howard Griffin

A midcentury classic on race, BLACK LIKE ME is the true account of the author’s six-week experience traveling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, passing as a black man. He trudged Southern streets, searching for a place where he could eat or rest, looking vainly for a job other than menial labor, feeling the “hate stare.”

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Black Like Me
John Howard Griffin

A mid-century classic on race, Black Like Me is the true account of the authors' six-week experience travelling on Greyhound buses (occasionally hitchhiking) throughout the racially segregated states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia passing as a black man. He trudged southern streets searching for a place where he could eat or rest, looking vainly for a job other than menial labor, feeling the "hate stare". Black Like Me is a groundbreaking and controversial book.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark Sullivan

When his home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, charming Italian teenager Pino joins an underground railroad to help Jews escape. After a enlisting as a German soldier to escape combat and getting injured, Pino is somehow recruited to be the personal driver of a Nazi general. A spy on the inside, Pino secretly fights against the most powerful commanders of the Third Reich.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Mark Sullivan

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