Campus read 2014-2015
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
This non-fiction book tells the story of Malala Yousafzai, who at at fifteen was shot by the Taliban refusing to be silenced in her fight for the right to an education. Malala's miraculous recover took her on a journey from Swat Valley in northern Pakistan to the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
Campus read 2013-2014
Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
This non-fiction book chronicles the on- and off-field activities of the University of Washington’s 2011 Rose Bowl-winning football team. Alongside exciting descriptions of many of the team’s comeback victories are sordid accounts of many of the players’ criminal behavior off the field; no fewer than 24 of the players on the team at the time were arrested for or charged with crimes, including rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, robbery, attempted murder, and more. The authors painstakingly weave together a complex and riveting story from a multitude of documents and interviews and look beyond the individual players to the culture and community that enabled their criminality through a single-minded obsession with winning.
Campus read 2012-2013
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This non-fiction book describes the story of Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African-American woman who died of cervical cancer in the early 1950s, whose tissues were removed for medical research without her consent. These cells, known as HeLa cells, have aided in the development of the polio vaccine, cancer treatments, in vitro fertilization, and cloning research. At the same time, Lacks herself was forgotten and her family was completely unaware of the use of her cells at an industrial scale. The book touches on several areas: science, medicine, ethics, human values, and capitalism.