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 The Other Wes Moore book cover

2015

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? 

The Ghost Map book cover

2014

 

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson is a historical account of the terrifying outbreak of cholera in the summer of 1854 in London and how a pair of interdisciplinary thinkers worked to find a solution to the deadly problem.

The Ghost Map is a riveting historical illustration of the intertwined histories of cholera, cities, and modern scientific inquiry. Yet the ideas and lessons in The Ghost Map are not simply about the nineteenth-century but also our own contemporary "wicked problems" from urban sprawl to bio-terrorism and much more.

 

Ready Player One book cover2013

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book takes place in a not so distant future, where resources are scarce and life for most is pretty grim. People around the world plug into the OASIS, an open source virtual reality, to live, learn, and play.

When the creator of the OASIS dies, it is revealed that he has hidden three keys throughout the OASIS and the person to find them all will win millions of dollars and own controlling stake in the company.

Five years after the creator’s death, the protagonist Wade discovers the first key, which launches an international quest to find the others and own the OASIS.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks2012

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The book is based on the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer, whose cells -- known as HeLa to the many scientists who use them -- were taken without her knowledge and used to help develop some of the most important advances in medicine, including the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Lacks was never recognized or compensated for the use of her cells.

 Zeitoun2011

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers 

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is an amazing true story about the lead up to and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and one man's attempt to help others amidst the terrifying and bizarre events that followed the disaster.

In vivid and compelling prose, Zeitoun raises numerous important social issues, from the problems and possibilities of the American Dream to the need for interfaith dialogue and understanding.

The Hunger Games2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.