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Summer Reading 2017

1S1Q Selections 2017

How Can I Make a Difference? Serve Others. 

Charlie Mike by Joe Klein.

The soldiers that columnist Joe Klein profiles in this non-fiction narrative made a difference when they served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Klein documents the story of how they tried to apply those lessons to their post-miltary life. Can community service fill the void in a mission-driven life for these veterans?

Watch two of the veterans talk to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show in 2015.

How Can I Make a Difference? Teach.

Coach, by Michael Lewis

The author of "The Blind Side" and "Moneyball" returns to his hometown in Louisiana to write a profile of a formative influence on his life -- his high school baseball coach. But he finds that the coach's hard-nosed methods aren't going over as well with modern teenagers. 


How Can I Make a Difference? Speak up against injustice. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 

The best-selling young adult novel in the country right now, this book centers around the life of a black teenager who lives in the city but attends a predominantly white school in the suburbs. She finds her voice when a friend of hers is killed in a police shooting and she needs to navigate the politics of both her neighborhood and her school. 

Check out this video from the author for more information. 

How Can I Make a Difference? Advocate for Justice.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Malala tells the story of how she made a difference for girls around the world through her fight for access to education in her village in Pakistan.

Watch her interview with Jon Stewart on a 2013 episode of The Daily Show.

How Can I Make a Difference? Tread Lightly on the Earth. 

No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. 

We all want to make a difference by reducing our impact on the planet, but author Colin Beavan takes it to the extreme by living for a full year with the goal of having a net zero environmental impact. 

Watch him discuss his book on CBS's Early Show in 2009.

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