Next to the luxury hotels in Mumbai live thousands of Indians in the Annawadi slums. This is a revealing portrait of individuals trying to move ahead amidst corruption and a lack of education and opportunity. Moving stories of survival in what seems a hopeless environment are contained in this excellent piece of investigative journalism.
An unnamed narrator, in an unnamed country that closely resembles Pakistan, tells one man’s rags-to-riches story. This novel is both a record of human experience and an examination of geopolitical shift. Every character has an interesting backstory and Hamid is a master of multiple perspectives
An engaging look at post 9/11 America examining how Americans deal with Muslims in the 21st century. Different points of view show how New Yorkers struggle finding consensus on the design of a 9/11 memorial that was designed by a Muslim – American architect. Part satire and part social commentary with some surprising twists.
What makes people extraordinary? An interesting look at why some people succeed and others do not. Gladwell explores how culture, timing and luck combine to foster success. I found the chapter on the effects of cultural differences and communication issued in the airline industry fascinating.
An interesting look at the downside of positive thinking in America. The author believes that our cultural obsession with positivity has contributed to many societal ills such as personal debt, obesity, and the country’s recent financial crisis. A provocative read!
by Dave Eggers
A surreal account of Hurricane Katrina from the perspective of a New Orleans resident who remained in the city after the flooding to protect his property and help his neighbors. When this resident is arrested due to his Syrian heritage, the reader becomes aware of the breakdown of society and the injustice of is situation. It is impossible to read this book without asking “how could this happen in America?”