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My Book Shelf
Engineering for Sustainable Community Development – Jon A. Leydens and Juan C. Lucena
A book that challenged my core beliefs as an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering and eventually became a book with a permanent spot on my nightstand.
Yes Please – Amy Poehler
You already know how much I love Leslie Knope and this is the woman who created the character so…
Grateful – Diana Butler Bass
I enjoyed this book most because she wrote it in the midst of the 2016 election, one of the toughest times for some to feel thankful. It was honest and relatable to me as I often am not naturally a gracious person and neither is Bass and she offers a refreshing perspective on how to be more grateful everyday.
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
You may recognize Adichie from some of your favorite TedTalks, but I would recommend getting to know her through her writing. Americanah was my favorite read of 2019. You get to see the United States of America through the lens of a young Nigerian immigrant and woman, Ifemelu. Tanzanias often tell me how much they would like to travel to the US someday or live there. Following these conversations I always wonder what they would actually think of the US if they immigrated there and how different it is from the expectations built by media they have been exposed to. While Nigeria is of course different from Tanzania, there were commonalities to Ifemelu’s life in Nigeria and what I have observed in Tanzania, entertaining ideas of how one my neighbors might react to some cultural differences if they moved to the United States. I’m also a sucker for complicated romance story lines and you get to follow the rollercoaster relationship between Ifemelu and her secondary school sweetheart.
I would also recommend Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and We Should All Be Feminists.
Scary Close – Donald Miller
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
With Friends Like These
People Fixing the World BBC World Service
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Pod Save America
Change Making Women