The topic this Tuesday is top 10 fill-in your favorite genre. Eye-opening books may not be my favorite (or even a genre) but it’s the theme I felt compelled to write on this week. Influenced by the spirit of the truth-telling finale in the gut-wrenching HBO series, Chernobyl, I relate ten favorite eye-opening reads.
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I chose those books, fiction and non, which greatly affected how I viewed the world upon reading them: (Books are linked to Goodreads)
- The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery | D.T. Max ( I stopped eating beef completely after reading this book)
- The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women | Kate Moore (the incredible expose of corporate greed glaringly unaccountable for workers’ safety)
- What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen | Kate Fagan (a revelatory story about the mounting pressures young college athletes face to be perfect)
- All the President’s Men | Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (legendary account of the grand conspiracy to subvert the electoral process and the dogged reporters who exposed it)
* The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini (original, memorable, searing tale of friendship and regret set during the destruction of Afghanistan–constant wtf moments while reading)
* Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro (somewhat indescribable; a breathless symbolic account of young love, the power of lies, and what it means to be human)
* Nectar in a Sieve | Kamala Markandaya (1955 saga about a young peasant’s struggle and sacrifice to keep her family alive in poverty-stricken India)
* Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders (read this dizzying masterpiece, or better yet, listen to the amazing 166 narrator audio version)
* The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood (game-changing, patriarchy-skewering, alt-reality based on reality, modern classic)
* Turtles All the Way Down | John Green (not my favorite by J.G but a solid, often uncomfortable exploration into teenage mental illness)
Have you read any books which opened your eyes to places and circumstances unknown? I’m craving more of these influential reads. What did you choose for your list today?