Reading Lists - Adults

Human Rights Day LogoHuman Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

-from United Nations


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Reading List - Adults

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah - available in print, large print, book on CD and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn - available in print, book on CD, and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander - available in print, eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook on Hoopla

Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden - available in print, large print, book on CD, eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby, and eAudiobook on Hoopla

Until We Are Free: My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi- available in print

Human Rights in Canada by Dominique Clément - available in print and eBook on Hoopla

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot - available in print, large print, book on CD, and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb  - available in print, large print, book on CD, eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby, and as a Book Club in a Bag kit

Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga - available in printeBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby, and eBook & eAudiobook on Hoopla.

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch - available in print and accessible eAudiobook from NNELS

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - available in print, book on CD, and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo - available in print and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring by Bassem Youssef - available in print

Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Action by Jo Becker - available in eBook on Hoopla

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela - available in print, and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Night by Elie Wiesel - available in print, large print, book on CD, and eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - available in print, large print, and book on CD, eBook & eAudiobook on OverDrive/Libby

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Roméo Dallaire - available in print and eBook on OverDrive/Libby

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick - available in print, book on CD, eBook on OverDrive/Libby, and eAudiobook on Hoopla

A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power - available in print