Christmas Reading List

Christmas Reading List


Christmas Reading List: Books Reviewed by Jan Hardy

After all the movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (and all the arguments over which is best), it’s refreshing to read the original story. You can savor lines of dialogue snarled by George C. Scott and Alastair Sim, or the “God bless us every one” chirped by so many earnest child actors. Reading Dickens is not for everyone, but I enjoy Victorian novels on a dark winter day, and this one’s a gem.

When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terroist

With the killing of unarmed African American men and women in the news so often, it seems the hashtag and movement of Black Lives Matter just evolved. This memoir shows us the events in the life of Patrisse Khan-Cullors that inspired her, along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, to take action, organize and protest the killings.

The Boy on the Beach

Book Cover for The Boy on the beach


The heartbreaking photo is seared into our consciousness: the little boy face down on the sand. At first glance we want to believe he’s sleeping peacefully; then we realize he’s been drowned in his family’s desperate attempt to escape from Syria. Tima Kurdi, the little boy’s aunt, bravely takes us through each agonizing turn until we understand why her brother Abdullah took his wife and their two boys on this dangerous journey.