Celeste is an avid reader, and a wonderful writer. She has a new blog, celestereads.com that is really fun. She is up on good reads her young boys, as well as for herself. With her permission, I'm re-posting here her post:
Maybe it's just me (but pretty sure it's not), but I sometimes blow off Martin Luther King Jr. Day itself. It's easy to just be relieved for any old holiday off during dreary January. So the past few years, I've started a bit of a tradition to remember the important cause we're celebrating. **A shocker coming** I read a book.
In turn, I've found some of the most affecting books I've ever read. I recommend choosing one to read this month to help truly appreciate our freedoms!
Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi
An Iranian judge made to step down with the start of the Iranian Revolution, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi tells her story of trying to create change in her beloved country.
Gandhi: His Life and Message for the World by Louis Fischer
After seeing the movie that got Best Picture, I had to know more about the Mahatma's life. This was my favorite of the ones I read.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
The engaging and retching stories of six North Korean defectors. Full review here.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
An incredible book of three generations of women in 20th century China. From foot-binding to idealistic communists, then the Cultural Revolution. It's all covered here within the perspective of this grandmother, mother and the author herself.
Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela by Bill Keller
Written for a juvenile audience, this is an easy read to appreciate the leadership and sacrifice of recently departed Nelson Mandela.
A graphic novel telling the story of a young girl in revolutionary Iran.
The only person ever known to survive an escape from a North Korean labor camp, the chilling story of his life.
One girl's up-close and personal associations with Saddam Hussein and her life in his Iraq. Many gruesome scenes and some graphic descriptions, but as it is real life, I thought it was worth reading through the gore.
Or if time is short, there's always King's powerful "Letter from Birmingham Jail".
You might notice the notable absence of books on American civil rights. I need to right that. Any recommendations?