Another's point of view often helps me learn new things. Each of these books, two novels and a memoir, in their own unique way, gave me insight into our country's strengths and our weaknesses. As described by these writers, perhaps our greatest strengths are freedom from fear and freedom of opportunity.
  1. A backpack, a bear and eight crates of vodka, by Lev Golinkin
  2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  3. The Sympathizer, by Viet Than Nguyen