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  • Writer's pictureSerenidy Lake

Three Books You Need to Read

3 books that I highly recommend are Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Hate u Give and So You Want to Talk About Race

Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist Of Auschwitz is an extraordinary nonfiction book that tells the story of Lale Sokolov, a survivor of the holocaust, and his wife, Gita. The main themes of the Tattooist Of Auschwitz are resistance, faith, and the power of love and compassion. In the book, Lale gets the privilege of being a tattooist, who tattoos the numbers on the Jews because he speaks eight different languages and has a high level of education. He uses his privilege to trade for food, medicine, and other goods to help his peers or of those less fortunate than him. This novel is a revolutionary tale and stays in the hearts of its readers forever.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a revolutionary novel based on the true story of a 16-year-old girl named Starr Carter moving between two worlds: a wealthy preppy school and her poor neighborhood. Her world collapses when she witnesses her childhood best friend, Khalil Harris being shot by a police officer; all of that, and Starr still deals with racism, prejudice, and being mocked for being a teenager. Police brutality was such a strong subject in Starr’s world that her parents gave her and her siblings “the talk” about how to behave around law enforcement. Despite everything, she decides to fight back and get justice for Khalil. The Hate U Give is such an inspiring novel that many have said exposes the reality of modern racism.

So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Olou

So You Want To Talk About Race is a well-written book that explains complex and difficult topics that surround race in an easy way to understand. So You Want To Talk About Race mentions topics ranging from police brutality and cultural appropriation to microaggressions, hip-hop, black culture, and more. It talks about the privilege that white people have and most are unaware of. I found it extremely interesting and a little sad to learn about the lives of people of color, and the hardships that they go through.

You should read these books because they give a sense of entertainment while incorporating real-life problems and experiences. Overall they're each an amazing read, which I highly recommend. There's so much to learn from these books. such as learning about real-life problems,

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