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Educated
2018 . Tara Westover

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Fascinating memoir of a woman who grew up in a Mormon fundamentalist family in the mountains of Idaho. Her father’s opposition to the government and belief and paranoia for the end of days runs the household. As a result, she and her siblings never attend school— until her brother decides to go to college and she follows in his footsteps. The story tells of a girl finally leaving her insular community and opening up her eyes to real-life events and history— and the constant struggle between family loyalty and furthering her life outside of her father’s influence. Without a formal education, she defies all odds to earn a Ph.D. One of the best books I’ve ever read and extremely eye-opening to the beliefs and lifestyles others lead, even within your own country.
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Shoe Dog
2016 . Phil Knight

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I have the attention span of a fly, so non-fiction and I usually don’t mesh well together. And to be honest I didn’t think I was going to like this. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I felt the human aspect of Phil Knight’s journey as he went on to tell the story of how he built Nike. It was a little unorthodox, but it worked. Super interesting read. I would recommend to anyone
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The Kite Runner
2009 . Khaled Hosseini

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I know I’m about 20 years late to the party, but I finally got around to reading this and absolutely loved it. Kite Runner is a beautifully written story about friendship, betrayal, and redemption through a continuously trying time in Afghanistan’s history.
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Where the Crawdads Sing
2018 . Delia Owens

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Finally got around to reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the different plot lines and descriptions; the author writes beautifully.
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Into the Darkest Corner
2012 . Elizabeth Haynes

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This is one of those books that keeps you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s a thriller, but instead of a whodoneit it focuses on an abusive relationship that spirals out of control. This book is incredibly engaging but terrifying and sad all the same
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Born a Crime
2016 . Trevor Noah

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I couldn’t put this one down. Trevor Noah is a great storyteller and mixes in very serious topics with the humor he is known for. At the start of each chapter he delves into how apartheid affected every aspect of South African life and what it meant for him as a person of mixed race. I think as outsiders we all know the gist of apartheid, but we don’t really know what the rules were and what repercussions came from it aside from the basics. Throughout the book, we see how Trevor and his mother have an inseparable and special bond. It’s extremely sweet to see what she did for her family and the sacrifices she made. His mother was definitely a hard ass, but everything she did was out of love, and you can really feel that as you read through the pages. One thing I wish he talked about more was his career. The main focus of this book was his upbringing, which made for great stories and insight, but I would have loved to see how he got into comedy and eventually landed his own show.
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Then She Was Gone
2018 . Lisa Jewell

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I could not put this one down. Absolutely fantastic
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That Will Never Work
2019 . Marc Randolph

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I got this book for my brother in-law and naturally ended up borrowing it. At the beginning I wasn’t sure what to think. Marc starts off by telling us that he’s distantly related to Sigmund Freud. Like ok we get it, the guy who prescribed cocaine as medicine and coined the term “penis envy” is your great-great uncle 7 times removed. Then when we went to visit Bezos he describes him as having this crazy laugh, and I just can’t picture it. The guy who sent racy texts to his mistress calling her “alive girl” just seems like a robot to me. Tangents aside, this book was really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the birth of Netflix and how they went on to take down blockbuster
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We Keep the Dead Close
2020 . Becky Cooper

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After learning of an unsolved murder case as a student, author Becky Cooper can’t get it out of her head. She dives into every possible lead, and as readers we learn of the roadblocks put in place by the state and the university. A gripping and true story of murder and the elite university that buried it
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Luckiest Girl Alive
2015 . Jessica Knoll

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Great story of a grown woman reflecting on her own teenage trauma and how it shaped her as an adult and influenced her decisions later in life
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The Silent Patient
2019 . Alex Michaelides

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I thought this was really good, but it lacks some of the twists and turns that you get from a Gone Girl or Girl on the Train
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Little Fires Everywhere
2017 . Celeste Ng

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I read this book without expecting much, but I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. There are so many different subplots and character dynamics within the storyline and all are equally engaging. Definitely recommend
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The Giver of Stars
2019 . Jojo Moyes

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It took me awhile to get into it, but it ended up being a great read
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We Begin at the End
2021 . Chris Whitaker

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Good, decent book but really sad and definitely a bit unrealistic
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The Wolf of Wall Street
2007 . Jordan Belfort

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I had a hard time getting through this because Jordan Belfort was such an asshole
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