Today I’m chatting with education navigator Hanan Al-Zubaidy about literacy in the justice system, and how her work with incarcerated students has been affected by this time of social distancing.
Hanan came to me looking for an escapist reading experience, but I was surprised to find she didn’t mean happy endings and rainbows. She escapes her day to day life by submerging herself in someone else’s complex, difficult world (fiction or non!) and learning and growing from that experience. So if you read lists of ‘escapist fiction’ that’s full of peppy romance and thrilling action thinking “ehhh that won’t do it for me,” maybe you’ll find what you’ve been looking for in my picks for Hanan today.
Let’s get to it!
‘Unbox’ the Summer Reading Guide with us
Readers, the ninth annual Modern Mrs Darcy Summer Reading Guide comes out next week!
Before the guide is officially released Brenna and I are doing a live video event with members of our Patreon community. I’ll give you a preview of all of the books and what excites me about them.
This is one of the events our community looks forward to the most. The bookish enthusiasm is off the charts.
If you’ve ever wondered about joining our readerly community over on Patreon this is the time. Go to Patreon to learn more about the unboxing event and even watch the video replay of last year’s unboxing. Then sign up and join us on May 12th.
Books mentioned in this episode:
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♥ The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
♥ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
♥ Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
▵ You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
● You Are A Badass At Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
● I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell
● This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell
● Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
● Hamlet by William Shakespeare
● If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
● The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
● A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
● A Room With A View by E. M. Forster
● Howards End by E. M. Forster
● A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
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What do YOU think Hanan should read next?