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Seeing America in Unique Ways

by Kramers Staff

See America by the National Parks Conservation Association & Illustrated by the Artists of Creative Action Network: A beautiful collection of posters celebrating America’s national parks, landmarks, and treasured sites. It is s a great way to sit in your living room and experience our country’s beauty. This is a book Teddy Roosevelt would be proud of. 

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesley: From the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. This alt American classic is the story of the Stamper family, a hard-headed logging clan from Oregon who refuses to take part in a local strike against the big lumber companies. Kesley highlights family rivalry and the impact that the Stamper family’s business decision has on the community. 

Ciao, America! by Beppe Severgnini: This book is a tale of Italian immigrant Beppe Severgnini and his wife living in Washington DC. In this anecdotal book, Severgnini talks about America’s weird obsessions, DC’s confusing parking signage, and his decision to go back to Europe after one year of DC living.

Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz & Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl: We categorize this book as a Young Adult book, but it’s something everyone should have on their bookshelves. Literally from A-Z this is a compilation of the coolest chicks in America. Some stories you’re familiar with, like Carol Burnett and Angela Davis. But have you ever heard of Odetta, Kate Bornstein, or the Grimke Sisters? This book is a must have for anyone who wants to learn more about the women who shaped our country’s badass history.

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan: The story of a Pakistani-American girl dealing with more than just your average middle school problems. In this middle grade novel tragedy strikes when Amina’s mosque is vandalized. This book highlights the problems that children of immigrant parents face, like assimilating to American society while keeping the roots of their own culture.

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