Despite an impoverished upbringing, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad grew up happy as a Yazidi--a minority group in northern Iraq--surrounded by her community in the village of Kocho. This life ended in 2014 when ISIS captured her village and the horrors of genocide and enslavement came crashing down on her. With such bravery, she provides a firsthand account of the unimaginable hardships she endured, including the massacre of the Yazidi and her repeated rapes and beatings while enslaved by ISIS. This is a heartrending story of perseverance under the most horrific of circumstances.
What I love about Murakami’s running book is that he does not pretend that all life’s problems can be solved by running a faster marathon. Murakami is frank not only about the human limitations of running but about his very own, openly acknowledging that he cannot run a faster marathon anymore. To him, running is not a means to a qualifying race time--and no, it’s not a “way of life,” either: it’s an exercise for the mind and the body. You should only run if it makes you happy, and I was happy to learn that I’m not alone in this sentiment.
This could be one of your favorite D.C. memoirs if you are not into reading about policy decisions but instead tend to enjoy 21st century Peyton Place antics set in the Old Executive Office Building. The author answers an ad on Craigslist and, as luck would have it, becomes a White House stenographer traveling all over the world with “44” and witnessing history. Aside from the fact that there is way too much cheating and way, way too much drinking and that all I wanted to do was shake some sense into Stein, her writing redeems her. This memoir was so entertaining and hard to put down…enjoy!