At 56, Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman to reach the vice presidency in the United States. And it is not the only glass ceiling that managed to break with a pragmatic look and a feminist and progressive upbringing. She was the first black woman to be elected attorney general in California and the first woman of South Asian descent in the Senate.
His worldview has probably been influenced by his education (which he describes in depth in his own book « The Truths We Hold »), his training at Howard University and the University of California, and reading in his spare time.
Throughout her career she mentioned some of her favorite books, those that marked her the most. A personal library that reflects your look and history.
In a 2016 Facebook post, Harris includes some of his favorite works. Mention “The Kite Runner” (“Kites in the Sky,” available in bookstores, $ 1500). Written by Afghan-American novelist Khaled hosseini tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a rich boy and the son of his father’s servant. The book is set in modern Afghanistan over 30 years, during which children witness the fall of the Afghan monarchy, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime. The book was the number one New York Times bestseller for more than two years.
Another of those mentioned, in this list that Business Insider rescues, is the book of Barak Obama “Sueños de mi padre”, memoirs that the former president published in 1995. Currently in bookstores the first volume of his memoirs, “A promised land” is among the best sellers of the month.
The selection includes « The Joy Luck Club », novel by Amy tan who had a movie version like “The Club of the good star”. It focuses on four Chinese-American mother-daughter pairs in San Francisco who meet regularly to play mahjong, a tile-based game that was developed in China decades ago. It reveals the complexity of mother-daughter relationships and the experience of immigrants.
« Native Son », by Richard Whright Also included is a book that he mentioned several times. Set on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, it tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man caught in a downward spiral after killing a white woman. The novel reflects on the systemic challenges that have brought Bigger to this point in his life and what it means to be black in America.
Also, in a recent list that Harris gave to the publication « Books Riot », he also mentioned « Songs of Solomon » by Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is available in Argentina published by Random House (« The song of Salomon »).
He also chose a novel by CSLewis, « The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe », the best known of the volumes of the Chronicles of Narnia.