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.