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Read With Us: February Book Club Selection

By Opportunity International

We are excited to welcome so many new readers to the Opportunity International Book Club fold this month. (Must be all of those New Year’s resolutions to read more—which is one goal we can totally support!)

In order to support and encourage our ever-growing community of book enthusiasts, we decided to create a space where we can all share our thoughts and reactions to the things we are reading. Please take a moment to join the Opportunity International Book Club group on Facebook, and invite your friends to be a part of it, too.

This will be our new, go-to place for all of our monthly book discussions, as well as a space for you to share book suggestions and connect with other readers.

Now, on to other business…

We just finished reading Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao, named a “Best Book of the Year” in 2018 by The Washington Post, NPR, Paste, LitHub, and Real Simple.

Put simply, this book wrecked us in the best and most powerful way.

Following the stories of two young girls in India, Girls Burn Brighter highlights the challenges of poverty, the brutality of suffering, and the power of friendship. Through a compelling story, it reminded us of the importance of those closest to us and how critical it is to never lose hope.

It is devastatingly sad but beautifully written—covering issues like abuse, gender discrimination, and forced labor that so many people living in extreme poverty face, both in India and around the world.

Our big question for all of you: what did you think of the ending?! Let us know in the Facebook group!

Now it’s a new month which means it’s time for a new book…

In addition to our goal to read more this year, we also are committed to learning new things in 2019. This February, we are stretching our minds and diving into a book that, according to the New York Review of Books, “should be required reading for…anyone concerned with economic development.” It’s “intellectually rich,” “a splendid piece of scholarship,” and “a brilliant book.”

This month, join us as we read Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson.

Acemoglu and Robinson are leading economists and development researchers, and their work seeks to address one big question: why are some nations rich and others poor?

Read with us, then join the conversation on Facebook.

Pick up a copy of Why Nations Fail at your favorite bookstore, or Amazon.com, or your local library. And invite your friends to join the party, too!

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