This month’s edition of What I’m Reading features two books recommended to me by friends. That’s part of the reason I love books – there is a shared connection, as you read books and recommend books with friends, that often leads to deep, interesting, and/or fantastical conversations. It lets you go places you may not have otherwise.

In this book, the author, Bryan Stevenson, tells his story of working predominantly with blacks in the South to free them from the death penalty when unjustly tried and sentenced. He also discusses cases where minors (including 13-year-olds!) are sentenced to life in prison without parole. Stevenson “founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.” This book is heavy, but it opened my eyes in a drastic way. It just might be the most important book you read all year.

(Thanks AEC.)

What I Know For Sure is Oprah Winfrey’s personal account of the lessons she’s learned throughout her life and can now say she knows for sure. As I first got into this book, I couldn’t help but think, “I don’t know anything for sure!” But as she shared her experiences and those things she knows for sure, I started to track my own list. Even little things count, and I found it encouraging to compile my own small list. Among much uncertainty, there are still many things I know for sure. Thank. You. Oprah.

Tip: Listen to the audio version of this book. Oprah herself reads it!

(Thanks EH.)


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