Literary Empathy in Books

Give The Gift Of Literary Empathy

Often we romanticize poverty and struggle. Think of how overrepresented orphans are in literature and film, from Oliver Twist to half of Disney. Happily-ever-after endings can make everything look easy and trivialize the trauma, uncertainty, and messy imperfection of humanity.

However, there are plenty of extraordinary books out there that do not pull their punches, books that embrace a realistic narrative and make us think and feel. There is no guarantee that these books will resolve all the holiday tensions in your household – good luck with that – but maybe when the dishes are washed and the decorations are back in their boxes, the books that you gifted will be quietly changing hearts and minds. Tactical book gifting is not foolproof, but it might be a productive alternative to yelling at your friend’s uncle over a plate of cookies.

To get you started, here is a reading list from the book club at the New York Legal Assistance Group. This year’s list focuses on immigration in light of how divisive this topic was in 2017.

 In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero (Non-Fiction)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fiction)

Brooklyn: A Novel, by Colm Toibin (Fiction)

For more books read further @ Huffington Post

~ by eneryvibes on 1,February 6, 2018.

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