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Lisa J. Ling is an American journalist, television personality, and author. She is currently the host of This Is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN.
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A People's History of the United States
Howard Zinn - Nov 17, 2015 (first published in 1980)
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"A wonderful, splendid book--a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." --Howard FastWith a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this edition of the classic national bestseller chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out th...
Lisa Ling
I credit this book with propelling me to dig deeper, and to not always believe the narrative.     source
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The Alchemist
25th Anniversary Edition
Paulo Coelho - Sep 09, 2014 (first published in 1988)
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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. What starts out as a journey to find...
Lisa Ling
This simple little book contains hugely profound meaning.     source
News of a Kidnapping
Gabriel García Márquez - Jan 08, 2008 (first published in 1996)
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In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar – head of the Medellín drug cartel – kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, García Márquez describes the survivors’ perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release. He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia a...
Lisa Ling
A journalistic account of ten notable Colombians kidnapped by Pablo Escobar’s Medellín Drug Cartel.     source
The Joy Luck Club
A Novel
Amy Tan - Sep 21, 2006 (first published in 1989)
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Four mothers, four daughters, four families, whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's telling the stories. In 1949, four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters' futures, they call themselves...
Lisa Ling
It is the story of four Chinese American women in San Francisco and how their mothers’ struggles in the Chinese homeland made them who they were. It is a highly emotional and exceptionally beautiful story.     source
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We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families
Stories from Rwanda
Philip Gourevitch - Sep 01, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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In April of 1994, the government of Rwanda called on everyone in the Hutu majority to kill everyone in the Tutsi minority. Over the next three months, 800,000 Tutsis were murdered in the most unambiguous case of genocide since Hitler's war against the Jews. Philip Gourevitch's haunting work is an anatomy of the killings in Rwanda, a vivid history o...
Lisa Ling
This meticulously account is told from both the Hutu and Tutsi perspectives and is impressively comprehensive. It is so well told, in fact, that I felt like I was there experiencing the horror with my own eyes.     source
Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie - Oct 17, 1995 (first published in 1981)
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Anyone who has spent time in the developing world will know that one of Bombay's claims to fame is the enormous film industry that churns out hundreds of musical fantasies each year. The other, of course, is native son Salman Rushdie -- less prolific, perhaps than Bollywood, but in his own way just as fantastical. Though Rushdie's novels lack the r...
Lisa Ling
Combines historical reality and mythical fiction to deliver a magnificent and magical account of India’s transition to independence and partition.     source
Corelli's Mandolin
A Novel
Louis de Bernieres - Aug 29, 1995 (first published in 1994)
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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is set in the early days of the second world war, before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece. Dr Iannis practices medicine on the island of Cephalonia, accompanied by his daughter, Pelagia, to whom he imparts much of his healing art. Even when the Italians do invade, life isn’t so bad—at first anyway. The officer in command o...
Lisa Ling
One of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read.     source
Oh, the Places You'll Go!  
Dr. Seuss - Jan 22, 1990
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For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us....
Lisa Ling
As a child of humble means, this book allowed me to believe that I could go anywhere and do anything.     source
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Lisa Ling
Genghis Khan was a great democratizer. His Mongol Empire conquered more territory in 25 years than the Romans did in 200.     source
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