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Book Reccomendations for the Summer

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on June 11, 2019 06:11

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Here are some amazing books I've read throughout the year.

These excellent books have truly broadened my perspective, in addition to making me a better writer, by demonstrating different literary techniques. Make sure to include them in your summer reading plans!


Sounds Like Titanic by Jessica Hindman

Sounds Like Titanic is Hindman’s peculiar yet striking memoir. A violinist from Appalachia, Hindman wants to continue pursuing music during her undergraduate education at Columbia University. Unfortunately, she is not on par with violin prodigies hailing from musical hubs such as New York or Moscow. Another issue is that Hindman is unable to afford the hefty college tuition. Her problems miraculously seem to be solved when she is hired as a violinist for a professional ensemble of immense repute. However, Hindman quickly realizes she has joined a fraud. Instead of actually playing during live performances, the musicians pretend to strum their instruments while the tune blasts from hidden speakers. The ruse is lead by a man that Hindman refers to as “The Composer.” Throughout her memoir, Hindman outlines her struggle distinguishing the real from the fake, in more ways than one.


I Know Your Kind by William Brewer

In I Know Your Kind, William Brewer offers a glimpse into the opioid crisis plaguing West Virginia. A Virginia native himself, Brewer merges different perspectives with his artistic voice to create compelling poetry. His debut collection affords the reader a greater understanding of a silent yet deadly epidemic.


Grand Expectations by James Patterson

History is usually perceived as a boring subject, but Grand Expectations narrates the story of mid to late 20th century America in a dynamic fashion. After World War II, the United States experienced great economic growth. Everybody had “grand expectations” for the future and the prosperity that was hopefully to come. Ranging from Levittowns, to the Vietnam War, to Watergate, Patterson fully details the events that shaped the course of US history.


Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was raised in a Mormon survivalist home in Idaho to parents who were distrustful of the federal government and other institutions such as hospitals and public schools. Therefore, Westover did not enter a classroom until she was 17 years old. However, her lack of formal education did not stop her from self studying for, and acing the ACT, and subsequently gaining admission to BYU. Later on, she would pursue higher education at Cambridge and Harvard. In her memoir, Westover vividly describes her incredible journey of “educating herself” and finding her place in the world.


Have you read any interesting books this year that you would like to recommend? If so, let me know in the comments!

 

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on June 11, 2019 06:11

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