2022 Summer Reading List (Girl Power Edition)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This classic tale, by American novelist Alice Walker, set in the deep south shows the life of someone enslaved mentally and physically and follows the path of their liberation. This book is not for the weak at heart and will have the reader sympathizing with the main character, Celie, an ignorant young girl whose been abused her entire life until she is awakened with the help of her sister and an unlikely newfound friend. The Color Purple signifies freedom, triumph and royalty and is a must read for any fan of African American historical fiction. The book was ultimately adapted to a full length feature film starring award winners Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Donald Glover. Read the book then watch the movie if this is your first time hearing about the legendary Color Purple.

The Third Eye by Sophia Stewart

The Third Eye is very special, it contains the original screenplay authored by Sophia Stewart that she sent all around Hollywood in hopes of making a movie. Ultimately she was never able to sell her unique screenplay however companies that received her screenplay launched two iconic franchises based on details in her manuscript. In the book, after the screenplay she has all the legal evidence proving that major corporations had full knowledge of her story before creating their own renditions in The Terminator and The Matrix franchises. Sophia Stewart has said publicly that in her story “Jon Connor is Neo.” Many believe her assertions as Hollywood is not known for originality and has been outed for years by countless stars as an overall “shady” industry. It is rumored that Sophia Stewart was awarded an unnamed amount after fighting for years in the court systems. Take some time this summer and read The Third Eye for yourself.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

In The Warmth of Other Suns, the author, Isabel Wilkerson interviews 3 people who were apart of The Great Migration when many people left the south and moved to the north of America in search of prosperity and true equality. She narrates their journey and details every emotion along the way. A great and informative read. Every historian should have their very own copy of The Warmth of Other Suns.

-Nikki Mack, Senior Editor

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