Nine reads we recommend this summer

Books | From classics to new releases, here are titles worth your time
by The Editors
Posted 6/11/20, 03:02 pm

Only halfway in, 2020 seems as if it’s packed a decade’s worth of alarming and tragic news stories. Especially in years like these, we all need breaks from the headlines. Here are books some of WORLD’s writers have enjoyed.


The Beekeeper of Aleppo 

by Christy Lefteri (Ballantine Books, 2019)

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Illustration by Stephanie Dalton Cowan

“All come to look for America”

Books | Four classics from authors who tried to find meaning in their traveling
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/11/20, 02:52 pm

It’s hard for Americans to stay home. We are all descended from people who traveled thousands of miles to get here, freely or in chains. We have 205,000 miles of U.S. highways and interstates. A lot of us can recall our own versions of what Simon and Garfunkel first sang in 1968: “It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw. I’ve gone to look for America.”

This is the time of year when a lot of us would like to be on the road, again. But, given the coronavirus, it might not be time, yet. If we can’t be out and about, is the next best thing reading about those who were?

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Twenty authors for 2020 vision

Race Issues | Reading recommendations after the death of George Floyd and days of protests
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 6/04/20, 12:10 pm

This week, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the demonstrations that followed, I’ve received letters asking for reading recommendations. Here are my top 10 picks of books to improve our understanding of racial relations, followed by my top 10 African-American history books. 

  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: 1952 novel deservedly on many “best 20th century American novels” lists.

  • Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery: A classic autobiography showing perseverance under pressure. 

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