This list of suggested reads celebrates women.
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At nine years old, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh watched from her home in New Jersey as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. That same year, she heard her first racial slur.
Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age is the extraordinary account of Amani’s coming of age in a country that too often seeks to marginalize women like her. Her spirited voice and unflinching honesty offer a fresh, deeply necessary counterpoint to current rhetoric about the place of Muslims in American life
Format: Coming soon Braille & Audio
Summary: Born in Sierra Leone, Michela DePrince loses her parents to war and famine. She is sent to an orphanage where she is beaten and starved. She sees her favourite teacher murdered by rebels. All before she is five-year-old. But there is hope.
Format: Coming soon In Braille & Audio
Summary: This is a story about a woman; a story about her struggle. As the survivor of great tragedy; this is a story about triumph. Despite only being 33 years old, Zoleka Mandela has endured enough to fill several lifetimes. While she may be a member of South Africa’s own royal family, Zoleka has not led a sheltered life.
Summary: Jamie Bryan, widow of a firefighter who perished in the Twin Towers on September 11, volunteers at St. Paul’s chapel, across the street from where the towers stood, and deals with her loss by helping others work through theirs.
Format: Coming soon in Braille & Audio
Summary: Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated. In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence.