5 Books I Enjoyed in 2010: Hollis Heath

Posted on December 29, 2010

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The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B DuBois

My course in African-American Sociology led me to this classic and for that, I’m so grateful. I’ve never read a book that so eloquently expressedThe Souls of Black Folk - recommend the challenges that face Black Americans and inspired me to examine what can be done to overcome the plight many of us face.

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So Long, Insecurity: You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore

So Long Insecurity - ReviewProbably the most life changing book I’ve read this year, Beth Moore takes a comprehensive look at insecurity and how it damages women. The book is amazing in its ability to provide practical but highly effective tools towards overcoming insecurity. Moore handles this intimate topic with such sensitivity, honesty and humor that the journey toward finding peace and restoration is an exciting and gratifying one.

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Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jill Lauren

I’ve always been interested in tales of people traveling to far away lands to find themselves, lose themselves or create a new persona altogether.Some Girls - Review This book was a welcome distraction during the painful last few weeks of my late grandmother’s life. Lauren’s memoir about overcoming the insecurity that led her to look for validation and purpose halfway across the world was incredibly engaging in her ability to help readers identify with her desperation to feel purposeful.

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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

This play was definitely one of my favorite reads in 2010. Williams’ masterful storytelling is so evident in this classic theatrical work. I was especially inspired by the conflict he created within Blanche DuBois as a character and how she related to everyone else in the play.  From the perspective of an actor, director, and playwright this play is rich through and through. Streetcar has inspired me to read more plays for leisure in 2011.

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When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor by William Julius Wilson

When Work DisappearsAnother read I was exposed to in my African-American sociology course, this book completely challenged any and all preconceived notions I had about the plight of the urban poor. I walked away from this book with a greater interest and understanding of the structural elements within society that keep poor people poor.  It also gave me a new found desire to understand what I can do to influence policy that will transform the systems that favor the wealthy.

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Hollis Heath is a native of Harlem, New York and a senior at The City College of New York.   She is currently working on a spoken word/theater piece about Harlem that is slated to debut at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in March 2011.