I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This autobiographical book is about a young girl who lived in Swat, Pakistan in a town called Mingora after the time of September 11. She and her two brothers were raised by parents who started schools for both girls and boys, encouraged their children, and had a heart for the poor. After the earthquake in that region in 2005, Malala watched her country slowly being influenced and taken over by the Taliban through the broadcasting of radio teaching and threats. Her town became a war zone for a time and yet she continued to go to school until the Taliban threatened and later shot her when she was 15. The writing is simple and clear and conveys the life of an ordinary girl who stood up for her education.
Cod by Mark Kurlansky. I found this book in my local little library, a wooden bookcase in a neighbor's front yard. I admit, I never would've read it if the real libraries had been open. I was bracing myself for all sort of environmentalist propaganda; however, I was pleasantly surprised at the way information was presented. While there were some guilt-laden passages, I found this book quite interesting and informative. I had no idea there was so much to know about cod, or that solutions for overfishing were so complex. This book approaches cod from a historical perspective. The chapters are interspersed with delicious-sounding cod recipes, which is somewhat ironic as Atlantic Cod is now rather difficult to get. What this book really compelled me want to do was eat some cod and then burn a trawler, which I realize is inconsistent.