Book List No. 7: Freedom
We’re letting our freedom flags fly this month for May’s theme of Freedom, as we discuss what freedom means to us in 80+ cities around the world. With such a diversity of speakers, chapters, and attendees, we’re excited to see the various interpretations of the month’s theme, chosen by our Budapest chapter and brought to you by Shutterstock.
From political freedom to individual freedom, events this month will talk about liberating yourself to pursue your best work and make the world a better place. We reached out to our community to share their favorite books on Freedom, and these are some of their top picks.
The Top Ten:
Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela
This month’s theme is epitomized in the autobiography of the late Nelson Mandela, one of the great moral and political leaders of our time. The story of his life is an epic struggle, from his freedom after a quarter-century of imprisonment to his relentless fight for human rights and racial equality.
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
A timeless story of oppression and the quest for paradise, Orwell’s Animal Farm is a story that remains fascinating and relevant over fifty years later. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
What is the What, by Dave Eggers What is the What tells the story of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese boy who is forced to leave his village when a civil war separates him from his family. The tale follows the boy’s journey as he walks along thousands of other orphans to find peace admidst tragedy.
FREE: Love Your Work, Love Your Life Portfolio, by Chris Barez-Brown
Slated for release June 5th, Barez-Brown’s book is a tactical and practical guide to living an extraordinary life, through making extraordinary work. Says Barez-Brown: “When your work resonates with purpose, you jump out of bed every morning, excited by the possibilities the day holds for you. Everything else in your life seems to have a glow about it, and you exude much more personal shine.”
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell
What if everything we thought about power was wrong? In this book, Gladwell shines a light on the underdog and shows us that we have more strength than we know.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird yet, this list is the poke to finally do it. The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic was ranked ahead of the Bible as one “every adult should read before they die.” The book sheds light on the precedings of a black man who has been accused of raping a young white woman, through the eyes of young, spunky Scout Finch.
The Traveller, by Daniel Baylis
Speaking at our Montréal chapter this month, the author of The Traveller is faced with a tough question at his 30th birthday. The question led him to take on the world in a twelve month, twelve country adventure that is told through twelve tales in this book.
1984, by George Orwell
George Orwell snags a second slot in this book list, with 1984, another dystopian tale meant to depict the future, but might hit a little too close to home.
Walls of Freedom: Street Art of the Egyptian Revolution, by Basma Hamdy, Don Karl
A powerful portrayal of the Egyptian revolution, Walls of Freedom tells the story of the walls of Egpyt that sparked resistence and bravery into the hearts of its citizens. Full of captivating images, the book gives graffiti art context and explains its impact in shaping a movement.
Freedom: A Novel, by Jonathan Franzen
The award-winning novel by Jonathan Franzen lives in the space between temptation and burden, sharing a tale of lust and suburbia, the benefits and perils of freedom.
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