Summer means I’ve finally got the time to read some non-economics/technical books. I highly recommend the following:
1. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie Chang.
A documentary interwoven with a personal story. Life of the female migrant workers in Dongguan, Guangdong. Some of it reminds me of my early days in Hong Kong.
2. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng.
Wonderfully written story about race, cultural integration, and family. Anyone who has contemplated the question of “fitting in” versus “standing out” will find this novel deeply intriguing.
3. On the Run: Fugitive Life in a American City, by Alice Goffman.
Stories of young men in Philadelphia navigating through searches and raids.
4. The Big Truck that Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan Katz.
5. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles, by Richard Dowden.
6. Globalization and Its Discontents, by Joseph Stiglitz.
A detailed, intriguing account of what international aid actually did after Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Great writing.
5. The Road to Character, by David Brooks.
Reminds us to be humble and inspect ourselves often. An essential read.