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What book has made the greatest impact on your life?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jackie Trujillo Jun 1, 2014. 12 Replies

We all have that one book (maybe more than one) that has stuck with you for a while. You might remember it occasionally with nostalgia. You might pick it up and reread it for the umpteenth time. You…Continue

 

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Between the World and... Us?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is written in the form of letters from a father to his son, highlighting racial injustices that he has experienced and observed throughout his lifetime. Detailing memories from his youth to his educational journey, Coates conveys the ways in which modern society poses a danger to black bodies. Even though he came from a well-educated family, his identity was still shaped by the differences that became apparent to his throughout his early childhood,…See More
Jun 6, 2016
Daaniya Mazhar commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"I haven't read this book yet, but after reading your blog post I really want to. This book really opens up about how urban poverty is like. I find it super interesting, and am looking forward to redwing this book!"
Oct 29, 2014
Jackie Trujillo replied to Anusha Thotakura's discussion What book has made the greatest impact on your life?
"To Kill a Mockingbird, hands down! I've read it 4 or 5 times now, and it astonishes me every time."
Jun 1, 2014
Brian Jacks commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"No, I do not believe that urban poverty is portrayed accurately to the general public, and your blog post proves that. It proves that there is much more to it than what we assume. There are definitely sides to urban poverty that the general…"
May 30, 2014
Leanna Rice replied to Anusha Thotakura's discussion What book has made the greatest impact on your life?
"As many have already said, definitely Harry Potter."
May 30, 2014
Kylie Hess commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"This sounds very interesting. I feel like poverty is portrayed some what accurately only to a certain level though."
May 30, 2014
Stephanie Spartz commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"This seems like a great book and I am definitely going to look into reading this one"
May 30, 2014
Veronica Jung commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"Awesome description Anusha! You're right, a lot of people associate the idea of poverty with unmotivated/uneducated people, but there's actually a large number of them that turned to this state due to reasons that not many people pay…"
May 30, 2014
Arial Nieberding commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"Interesting post Anusha! I agree, poverty is much more complicated than we like to think. This book sounds very intriguing!"
May 29, 2014
Imama Khawaja commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"This sounds like a very interesting book actually. Kinda wanna read it. I like the idea of going past the stereotype of gangs and finding out why they actually exist. "
May 29, 2014
Annie Zheng commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"I am fascinated by crime, poverty, and the psychology behind it all! This books sounds perfect for me. Thank you! "
May 29, 2014
Annie Zheng replied to Anusha Thotakura's discussion What book has made the greatest impact on your life?
"I can't speak as to which book has made the greatest impact of my life-- thousands of books have changed me in ways I can't possibly know. I might not have even read the most important book in my life. One book that's sort of taken…"
May 29, 2014
Isabel Moroney replied to Anusha Thotakura's discussion What book has made the greatest impact on your life?
"One book that really made an impact on my life was I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak. The main character of this book is a completely ordinary guy living a completely ordinary life. This book showed me that ordinary people can do amazing things and…"
May 29, 2014
Jakub Nowak commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"I once watched a play about gang culture and violence in Chicago. It really opened my eyes and showed me that there was more to a gang than shooting people on the street and having fights in poor neighborhoods.  The other side of urban poverty…"
May 29, 2014
Kevin Stevens commented on Anusha Thotakura's blog post The Mind of a Gang Leader
"I haven't read this particular book, but Freakonomics actually has a chapter about this same guy. His work is really fascinating and I especially liked that chapter. When you read about what gangs are actually like, it shatters a ton of…"
May 29, 2014
Anusha Thotakura commented on Varsha Vembar's blog post Top Five Best Books I've Ever Read
"In one of my classes we learned about the Cambodian genocide so I'm really interested in reading #3 and also I've been meaning to read Maze Runner for a while. This is a solid list!"
May 29, 2014

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Between the World and... Us?

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is written in the form of letters from a father to his son, highlighting racial injustices that he has experienced and observed throughout his lifetime. Detailing memories from his youth to his educational journey, Coates conveys the ways in which modern society poses a danger to black bodies. Even though he came from a well-educated family, his identity was still shaped by the differences that became apparent to…

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The Mind of a Gang Leader

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:29pm 24 Comments

There are numerous myths about urban poverty that are widely believed. They range from pointing at drug culture all the way to blatant racism. The book Gang Leader for a Day will let you see for yourself what is real and what is not.

In short,…

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With the Time I Have Left

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:45pm 5 Comments



My sophomore year of high school is practically over and I haven't crossed anything off my high school bucket list. Probably because I didn't…

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RIA: Romance in Action

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 6:35pm 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve read a series of books and I was a bit scared about starting this one. Series can be very addicting and if there’s too much time in between the books, I tend to forget how the previous one ended. I decided to go for the Lorien Legacies because they were conveniently in our library’s digital collection so I was able to read the first book basically anywhere. More info here. I haven’t spent finished a book this fast in a…

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