5 Books That Stuck With Me, Part 1

Sometimes a book sticks with you in the most unexpected ways. Often times for me it’s the least likely of books that stay with me. I recall them randomly in conversation years later, think of them as I am reading another book. Here are five books that have stayed with me that you should be reading.

19591959: The Year Everything Changed by Fred Kaplan

Think the ’60s were just happened? A lot of cultural and political change is started here. And this books hits everything – culture and society, politics, literature, tech, etc.

Reading Lolita in TehranReading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

The book covers a period of history your high school skipped – or didn’t make it up to. The story of women experiencing the shifts in Iran following the revolution, through the books they read in a secret book club.
Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I read this when it first came out. I was in high school. No one else had heard of it until the movie came out a few years ago. It’s a short, quick read and worth it. Transport back to high school to sit with the wallflowers at lunch.

Handmaids taleThe Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I don’t know how it took me so, long to read, but it’s worth it. A dystopian look at a society that shifts women’s roles back a couple hundred years in the course of a just a few months. It’s never a wrong time to read a book about what happens when no one stands up and speaks out.

Guernsey LiteraryThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

There is little not to like about this story of French citizens on a tiny island occupied by Nazis. Forgotten by every side for most of the war, they come together to quietly fight Nazis upon occupation. Again, under the cover of a book club. Again – never wrong to read about people taking a stand.

 

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