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


3 thoughts on “Walking a Mile in Their Shoes

  1. Here are the books we read for the July Summer Reading:
    Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Omar
    I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
    Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
    Stranger to History by Aatish Taseer
    Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
    Between the Woods and the Water by P.L. Fermon
    Conundrum by Jan Morris
    Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

  2. Here are the books read for the Evening Summer discussion:
    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
    Shrill by Lindy West
    Inside the O’briens by Lisa Genova

  3. For our last book discussion of the summer we read:
    There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz
    The Color of Water by James McBride
    The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Good Place to Hide by Peter Grose

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