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The first thing I do on the first day of the month is write my rent check. The second thing I do is see what Scribd has added to their monthly Selects.
If you are unfamiliar with Scribd, click here or peruse the App Store or Google Play Store. ‘Tis a magical land of ebooks and audiobooks.
If reading off of a screen isn’t your thing, I encourage you to click on the pictures below to grab hold-pages-in-your-hands copies of the following books.
“And Still I Rise” is a Black American History text, and it looks remarkable. Chronicling significant events from 1965 to 2015 into a comprehensive timeline, this book takes a close look at modern black social, cultural, and political influence in the United States from Malcom X to President Obama. I can’t wait to dive into this one.
This book broaches a subject that had honestly never occurred to me. When Arab traders first brought opium to China for medicinal purposes, it opened the floodgates for addiction across the country and fed Great Britain’s economy for years. So much so that when the Chinese attempted to ban opium, the British fought to keep it for the sake of their own economic stability and their reliance on trade with China including tea. “The Opium Wars” follows that struggle.
Until just two years ago, I was woefully uneducated in regard to Japanese internment in the United States and pretty generally ignorant about the events between Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. “Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds” examines those historical monuments from both sides within the same family, and the uncertainty and intensity that comes with war.
Knowing me, I’ll read all of these by next week. Let’s rock.