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Behind the Beautiful Forevers - Katherine Boo
This one isn't uplifting, folks.  It was definitely a thought provoker though, which I love.  I did a lot of journaling while reading this one.  And for some reason it made me think a lot to my time in Mexico.  
When I started reading the book I had to stop...'I thought this was nonfiction?'  It is.  It's nonfiction, written like fiction.  Making it a very quick read.
One of the many themes in the book is the fact of low-income people being pushed out of their homes in the name of progress.  It happens in the neighborhood slum where Katherine told their stories.  It happens everywhere.  I heard how in Chicago they are moving the low-income housing unit...again.  They constantly do this.  I think it's terrible.

The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson
This one was about the migration after the Civil War.  It follows three completely different migrants, one to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with other stories mixed in.  I really enjoyed this one.  Yes, it's nonfiction, but easy to read while learning about how scary things could be in that time... everywhere, not just the south.

Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Yes, I am aware I am quite late with this one.  Pretty sure this was a high school read, that we didn't read at my high school.  Better late than never, eh?
So many quotes from this book now fill my journal.  I'm sure I missed parts because unless you're wearing your critical thinking hat, it can be easy to miss meanings, but I'm going to go with appreciating what I did get.
Read this one.

Moneyball - Michael Lewis
This book first appealed to me because, if I understand correctly, the Cardinals mostly use this approach now.  I think they referred to their system as the farm system or something like that.  (I'm no expert.)  Anyway, I wanted to read more about the approach.
I thought the book was a great balance between presenting the process with stories about specific players and, clearly, Billy Bean.  I wasn't super interested when details about the math behind the process was introduced, but I was all in with stories and loved when I recognized players who are pretty big now and to read some of their stories when they first started.

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