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10 Books to Read This Summer

Summer is often cited as the greatest time to pick up a book and try to start a habit. This summer may just be one of the best ones to read. With COVID-19 still ongoing and many of us still confined to the walls of our home, this summer may just be the perfect opportunity to start reading. While we may not be able to sit around a pool on a hot summer day with friends, or journey halfway across the world to some faraway destination, reading can provide us with a journey to other worlds and ideas. Here are 10 books to read this summer:
[b]1. Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo[/b]
Poverty and lack of basic resources are prevailing problems in countries across the world. Poor Economics explains how the poor in today’s world deal with their finances, why they make the decisions they make, and how we can rethink the fight against poverty.
[b]2. Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty[/b]
The future is capitalism. But with rising levels of income and wealth inequality, it is clear we must rethink our current economic system. Economist Thomas Piketty outlines the causes and roots of today’s economic problems, especially those which low-income people face, and offers solutions. Dubbed by many as the ‘most important economics book of the decade’, Piketty’s book, published in 2014, may seem more relevant than ever.
[b]3. How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi[/b]
The recent protests and racial tensions surrounding America today have brought the concept and practice of anti-racism to light. Ibram X. Kendi explores how racism affects our society and how we can come together and combat racism within our institutions and systems.
[b]4. The Billionaire Who Wasn't by Conor O’Clery[/b]
What do you think of when you think you a billionaire? A man in a dark suit, making business deals? How about a wealthy, middle-aged man, living a lavish lifestyle – filled with caviar, private islands, and sports cars? Or how about a simple man, flying economy class, living in a rented apartment, and not even owning a car? O’Clery’s book explores the life and actions of Chuck Feeney, or as The Atlantic calls him, the ‘billionaire trying to go broke.’
[b]5. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park[/b]
The lives of two African refugees are told in book, intertwined in ways neither could have seen coming. A girl, Nya, fetches water from a pond two hours away. A boy, Salva, scours the African continent in search of his family. Enduring unimaginable hardship and pain, their journeys intersect and impact Nya in an astonishing and moving way.
[b]6. The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into how the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves by James Tooley[/b]
While working for the World Bank in India, James Tooley stumbled upon the slums of Hyderabad’s Old City and finds underfunded schools being led by parent support. Astonished by the community led schools, Tooley seeks out into the world searching for more schools like those. He travels from countries in Africa to towns in China as he explores people in poverty-stricken communities fighting to gain an education on their own.
[b]7. The Miseducation of Women by James Tooley[/b]
Even in the 21st century, the debate still rages as to how women are treated in comparison to their male counterparts. James Tooley explores how women are treated in education in his book, and the results are not what you thought they were.
[b]8. We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai[/b]
From the author of I am Malala, We are Displaced brings to life the refugee crisis across the globe, and how women and children are oppressed across the world. We Are Displaced is a collection of refugee stories and provides insight into the lives of those less fortunate.
[b]9. Creating Room to Read by John Wood [/b]
The book follows the story of John Wood, an entrepreneur who left his life in America to journey to bring education and opportunity to children in Nepal. Woods present the challenges he and his nonprofit have faced in overcoming a lack of education in Nepal.
[b]10. Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo[/b]
More relevant than ever, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo once again come together to write another book on solutions to issues facing modern economics and inequality. With a major recession in progress and a plethora of economic issues facing each and every one of us, Good Economics for Hard Times is truly a book for the present.

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