With all the hours spent commuting by car, finding that really riveting story that helps make your commute tolerable can be a challenge. When I was younger I felt I had to finish every book I started even if the subject no longer held my interest. Today, life is way too short to trudge through to the last page of a book that is just not worthy, this includes audio books too.
Here are some titles that did make the cut. From future classics to non-fiction to really emotional, all are worthy.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? ‘Between the World and Me’ is the author’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his young son. Coates shares with his son and readers, the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
This story chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South by way of the Underground Railroad. In this narrative, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor but an actual railroad with conductors that operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the ground. What lies in wait each time the train stops is vividly described as those on board navigate their way through the most harrowing experiences.
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
In this richly detailed novel, three women’s lives unfold filled with tragedy and joy. Mercy, a Korean American, fresh out of Columbia University, who was stumbling her way through life before a tragedy for which she is responsible truly calls her up short; Margaret, once a happy wife and mother, is now paralyzed by loss; and Hilary, a wealthy housewife desperate to have a child but stalled by indecision and questions about her marriage.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer
Female victims from Missoula, Montana, come forward to reveal how they battled self-doubt; fear; police and prosecutor treatment; and open vilification to shine a light on the dark corners of rape in a college town. In this non-fiction, work the author gives detailed accounts of the individuals who endured these trials and the incapability of our law enforcement to protect and prosecute many who are responsible.