Walking a Mile in Their Shoes

It is says that you can’t understand someone unless you walk a mile in his/her shoes. Well, that’s not realistic, but what if I just read about people I don’t understand?

In the world of politics, I don’t really understand Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, so I’m going to try to read books by both of them.

I don’t understand Mormons so The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Harrison is added to my list.

I really liked the book, The World’s Strongest Librarian, which discusses Tourette’s Syndrome. There is a new book by Lindy West about being fat: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman which may help me understand that condition.

Sometimes fiction helps you understand a person’s life. Lisa Genova does a wonderful job with early onset Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Disease and traumatic brain injury.

I’ve created a clickable list of the books (and a movie) listed below.

Here are other situations that might be worth understanding:

  • Life in Prison: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson;
  • Transgender: She’s Not There by Jennifer Boylan and Becoming Nicole by Amy Nutt.
  • Palestinian/Israeli/Middle East: Children of Jihad by Jared Cohen
  • PTSD sufferer
  • Homeless person
  • Illegal Immigrant/ Illegal Aliens: The Same Sky by Amanda E. Ward; Into the Beautiful North by Luis A. Urrea; Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe; Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario;
  • Refugee: Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie; When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi; City of Thorns by Ben Rawlence; The Illegal by Lawrence Hill; In order to Live by Yeonmi Park
  • Black Life in America: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; Jazz by Toni Morrison; Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson;
  • Drug Addict
  • Poverty in the World: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
  • Survivors of Disasters: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers; Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
  • Boy Soldiers: A Long Way Gone and Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
  • Islam: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid; Stranger to History by Aatish Taseer
  • Disfigurement: Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy; Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • False Imprisonment: Picking Cotton by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino; Innocent Man by John Grisham; That Night by Chevy Stevens
  • Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Hadden; the movie, The Story of Luke; Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison (and Switched On.)
  • Abduction: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard