Biography & History
Biographies & History
Literary Criticism & Collections
Commonalities among these books include: - Many of them are memoirs or biographies that tell the life stories of notable individuals, including Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai, Michelle Obama, and Princess Diana. - Several books deal with historical events or figures, such as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the American Revolution, Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet during the Civil War, and Nelson Mandela's life story. - Some books focus on personal struggles and overcoming adversity. Examples include Trevor Noah's childhood during apartheid in South Africa, a woman's journey to find herself through eating, praying and loving in Elizabeth Gilbert's book, and a boy soldier's experiences during the Sierra Leone Civil War. - There are also several books that explore complex societal issues such as racism (How to Be an Antiracist), public health policies (The Truth About COVID-19), classism (Nickel and Dimed), and the relationship between domestic workers and their employers in the segregated South (The Help). - Lastly, there are several graphic novels included in this list that cover topics such as civil rights activism (March: Book One) and Jewish survivors of Hitler's Europe (Maus).