Popular Global Issues Books
Newspapers and novels — fact and fiction — are often seen as polar opposites. But as a writer of both, I have come to find that fiction and non-fiction are simply two sides of the same coin. My YA Nordic thriller, The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake , was inspired by two of the biggest news stories of last year and the fearless women behind them. In , the journalist Carole Cadwalladr revealed that a British company called Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and used it to influence elections. Around the same time the MeToo movement was gaining momentum. In , the actor and activist Rose McGowan released her captivating book, Brave , in which she exposed the predatory misogyny within the film industry and told of how the most influential man in Hollywood sexually assaulted her. Reality is complicated.
As an aspiring writer, I make it a point to read as many recently published books as I can fit in around serving strangers eggs benedict. Many of the books helped me engage with and become knowledgeable about current issues facing our generation. Once I had a better grasp on these topics, I was able to consider which issues were most important to me and I began engaging with them in productive ways. Millennials are often accused of being lazy non-contributors to society, but by learning and engaging via literature, we can make strides toward becoming a generation that creates solutions to these problems. Given the overload of conflicting sources on climate change, it's invaluable to find a book that coherently displays the facts without sugarcoating or sensationalizing.
In this turbulent world, it can be lovely to use books as an escape, to read about a different world with different problems, and maybe forget about your own for a while. These books can make you laugh. And above all, they make you think, help you process, and ultimately, maybe, can help you move on. The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together.
Current Issues in Global Health provides a forum for a broad discussion of health issues, from systemic violence to infectious disease in places as far apart as Kashmir and South America. The authors come from a variety of environments including military and academic positions. Despite the diversity of subject matter and authors, the consistent theme of the book always focuses on the provision of
Jennifer Weiner reviews it. By Jennifer Weiner. The new book, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, revisits their landmark sexual-assault investigation and exposes the powerful people who protected Weinstein for years. By Susan Faludi. By Emily Oster.