I can’t drive a car and I don’t really want to learn.
It just means I’ll always be forced to live somewhere with adequate public transportation…
…meaning I’ll always have the joy of the train/bus reading commute!
My current hour round-trip MBTA ride means an hour of delightful book time each day.
And thus with joy, I bring you:
Two books you must begin reading NOW…
…because they will change the way you look at your world.
1. Roots: The Saga of an American Family, by Alex Haley.
This book is AMAZING. Haley traced his ancestry back all the way to Africa and tells the dramatized saga of the family’s generations from The Gambia, through American Slavery, to freedom and prosperity in Tennessee. Roots is one of the most powerful books I’ve read in my entire life because it gives human faces to the history that defined the past two centuries in America. Most notably, Roots takes us inside Slavery.
Suddenly, whole facets of the facts you learned as a child take on new life. Current events and societal elements that you see every day take on new meaning. What makes Roots even more spectacular is the fact that it’s based on meticulously researched TRUE family history.
I don’t care how many times you’ve seen the movies or recited “My name is Kunta Kinte!” If you haven’t read the book yet, you truly must! In every sense of the word, Roots is AWESOME.
2. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
This is a very, VERY different book, though equally super-fat and super-influential. Atlas Shrugged is a work of pure, hypothetical fiction, exploring the importance of “people of ability” in the world… and how the “looters and moochers” try to steal what the talented, hard-working folks create.
Some people HATE this book, because they claim it turns people into selfish monsters, and indeed, Rand IS the mother of Libertarianism. Other people are OBSESSED with the novel, and say it has utterly altered the way they think and act for (they insist) the better.
Me? I just think Atlas Shrugged is a marvelously entertaining book with a really hot love story (love triangle, actually) and heaps of fascinating ideas and striking images. Want to know what all the fuss is about, and why Atlas Shrugged is consistently at the very top of “Best Novels of the Past 100 Years” lists? There’s no other way to find out than to dive right in!
Don’t be intimidated by the size of these famous texts, because they move quickly. Pick up one of these fabulous books today!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!