Hillary Clinton's favorite books

  • The Return of the Prodigal Son

    The Return of the Prodigal Son

    The Return of the Prodigal Son

    Henri J. M. Nouwen
    Religion
    4.31 (19,683)

    With over a million copies sold, this classic work is essential reading for all who ask, “Where has my struggle led me?” A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell. As Nouwen reflects on Rembrandt’s painting in light of his own life journey, he evokes a powerful drama of the classic parable in a rich, captivating way that is sure to reverberate in the hearts of readers. Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son’s return, the father’s restoration of sonship, the elder son’s resentfulness, and the father’s compassion. The themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation will be newly discovered by all who have known loneliness, dejection, jealousy, or anger. The challenge to love as God loves, and to be loved as God’s beloved, will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable known to Christians throughout time, and is here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times.

    Hillary Clinton

    had a profound effect on me, and that I believe will be equally meaningful to others.

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    Amy Tan
    Fiction
    3.94 (621,228)

    In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife.

    Hillary Clinton

    This novel opened my eyes

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Thomas Keneally
    Fiction
    4.32 (153,383)

    In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi concentration camps, this award-winning, bestselling work of Holocaust fiction, inspiration for the classic film and “masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), returns with an all-new introduction and beautifully redesigned cover. An “extraordinary” (New York Review of Books) novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of The Book of Science and Antiquities and The Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil. “Astounding…in this case the truth is far more powerful than anything the imagination could invent” (Newsweek).

    Hillary Clinton

    One book she wishes all students would read

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Out of Africa

    Out of Africa

    Out of Africa

    Isak Dinesen
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.91 (39,704)

    In Out of Africa, author Isak Dinesen takes a wistful and nostalgic look back on her years living in Africa on a Kenyan coffee plantation. Recalling the lives of friends and neighbours—both African and European—Dinesen provides a first-hand perspective of colonial Africa. Through her obvious love of both the landscape and her time in Africa, Dinesen’s meditative writing style deeply reflects the themes of loss as her plantation fails and she returns to Europe. Out of Africa was Dinesen’s second book and the most well-known of her written works. It was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film of the same title directed by Sydney Pollock and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. HarperTorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library.

    Hillary Clinton

    One book she wishes all students would read

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Runaway

    Runaway

    Runaway

    Alice Munro
    Conduct of life

    The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this dazzling new collection. At its centre are three stories connected into one marvellously rich narrative about Juliet - who escapes from teaching at a girls' school and throws herself into a wild and passionate love match. Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro's writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances. There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written.

    Hillary Clinton

    My favorite short stories are by Alice Munro, especially...Runaway

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen
    Fiction
    4.27 (3,293,696)

    Elizabeth Bennet's early determination to dislike Mr. Darcy is a prejudice only matched by his arrogant pride.

    Hillary Clinton

    One book she wishes all students would read

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Carried Away
    Hillary Clinton

    My favorite short stories are by Alice Munro, especially...Carried Away

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Wild Swans

    Wild Swans

    Wild Swans

    Jung Chang
    China
    4.23 (101,420)

    Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular bestseller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece which is extraordinary in every way.

    Hillary Clinton

    an inspiring tale of women who survived every kind of hardship, deprivation and political upheaval with their humanity intact.

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • A Suitable Boy
    Hillary Clinton

    I can't stop thinking about Citizens of London

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Finding George Orwell in Burma

    Finding George Orwell in Burma

    Finding George Orwell in Burma

    Emma Larkin
    Travel
    3.95 (3,250)

    A profile of the police state in Burma and its effect on the writings of George Orwell discusses the author's mother's origins in Burma, Orwell's work with the British Imperial Police, and local reverence for his literary works.

    Hillary Clinton

    I'd read a novel or travelogue about the places I was visiting, such as...Finding George Orwell in Burma

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

    Jean M. Auel
    Fiction
    4.06 (240,332)

    Ayla, an injured and orphaned child adopted by a primitive tribe, carries within her the seed and hope of humankind in this epic of survival and destiny set at the dawn of prehistory. Reissue.

    Hillary Clinton

    I was very moved by the story of her survival and growing up.

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • The House at Sugar Beach

    The House at Sugar Beach

    The House at Sugar Beach

    Helene Cooper
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.90 (7,215)

    Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent past of her home country Liberia and the effects of its 1980 military coup in this deeply personal memoir and finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. Helene Cooper is “Congo,” a descendant of two Liberian dynasties—traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child—a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as “Mrs. Cooper’s daughter.” For years the Cooper daughters—Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice—blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'état, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind. A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe—except Africa—as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell. In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia—and Eunice—could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper’s long voyage home.

    Hillary Clinton

    I'd read a novel or travelogue about the places I was visiting, such as...Finding George Orwell in Burma

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Margaret Wise Brown
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.28 (326,971)

    In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight. One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

    Hillary Clinton

    This book is one of her favorite childhood books

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • After the Music Stopped

    After the Music Stopped

    After the Music Stopped

    Alan S. Blinder
    Business & Economics
    4.12 (1,771)

    Assesses the U.S. financial crisis and its lessons, exploring its contributing factors while revealing its more devastating but lesser-known consequences and outlining potentially divisive solutions that may be necessary for recovery.

    Hillary Clinton

    Is clear in its analysis and recommendations.

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Little Women
    Hillary Clinton

    The book was written more than a century ago, but its message resonates today.

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • Citizens of London

    Citizens of London

    Citizens of London

    Lynne Olson
    History
    4.24 (7,386)

    Outlines the development of America's pivotal wartime alliance with England while focusing on the roles played by Averell Harriman, Edward R. Murrow, and John Gilbert Winant.

    Hillary Clinton

    I can't stop thinking about Citizens of London

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Curious George
    Hillary Clinton

    This book is one of her favorite childhood books

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Holy Bible

    Holy Bible

    Holy Bible

    Hendrickson Publishers
    Bibles

    "If you are looking for a Bible that's easy to use and to give away, this is the Bible for you " The world is hungry for eternal truth. When we spread God's Word, we're helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Now you can reach more people with this handy, budget-friendly edition. With no frills or extras that increase the page count or the price, this economy KJV Bible is the ideal choice for a basic introduction to Scripture, for daily devotions, worship, prison ministry, evangelistic outreach, missions, or any occasion when you want to read and share God's Word. Special Features - Complete KJV text - Simple, straightforward presentation - Convenient size - Affordable price--keep a supply on hand

    Hillary Clinton

    Remains the biggest influence on my thinking.

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Protocol
    Hillary Clinton

    In life and in diplomacy, empathy and soft power matter. [Protocol] is an indispensable guide to both.

    Jun 26, 2020 — Source

  • The Signature of All Things

    The Signature of All Things

    The Signature of All Things

    Elizabeth Gilbert
    Fiction
    3.84 (102,915)

    The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love traces the multi-generational saga of the Whittaker family, whose progenitor makes a fortune in the quinine trade before his daughter, a gifted botanist, researches the mysteries of evolution while falling in love with an utopian artist against a backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.

    Hillary Clinton

    I can't stop thinking about Citizens of London

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • The Runaway Bunny

    The Runaway Bunny

    The Runaway Bunny

    Margaret Wise Brown
    Juvenile Fiction

    The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon, is now available for the first time as an ebook! “If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.” A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time. The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

    Hillary Clinton

    This book is one of her favorite childhood books

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fiction
    4.33 (263,330)

    In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. But throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searhes for the truth--about man, about life, about the existence of God. A terrifying answer to man's eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all time.

    Hillary Clinton

    Made a lasting impression on me when I read it as a young woman

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Winnie-the-Pooh
    Hillary Clinton

    This book is one of her favorite childhood books

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    Alice Walker
    Fiction
    4.23 (561,442)

    The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.

    Hillary Clinton

    a brutally honest assessment of human nature at its best and worst.

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

    The Hare with Amber Eyes

    The Hare with Amber Eyes

    Edmund de Waal
    Architecture
    3.89 (45,729)

    Traces the parallel stories of 19th-century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 264 miniature netsuke Japanese ivory carvings, documenting Ephrussi's relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

    Hillary Clinton

    I can't stop thinking about Citizens of London

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • West with the Night

    West with the Night

    West with the Night

    Beryl Markham
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.10 (35,141)

    Describes growing up in an Africa that no longer exists, training and breeding race horses, flying mail to Sudan, and being the first woman to fly the Atlantic, east to west

    Hillary Clinton

    a beautifully written life story of one of the greatest woman adventurers of all time

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • Our Divided Political Heart
    Hillary Clinton

    Shows how most everybody has some conservative and liberal impulses

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible

    The Poisonwood Bible

    Barbara Kingsolver
    Fiction

    Barbara Kingsolver's acclaimed international bestseller tells the story of an American missionary family in the Congo during a poignant chapter in African history. It spins the tale of the fierce evangelical Baptist, Nathan Price, who takes his wife and four daughters on a missionary journey into the heart of darkness of the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them to Africa all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to the King James Bible - is calamitously transformed on African soil. Told from the perspective of the five women, this is a compelling exploration of African history, religion, family, and the many paths to redemption. The Poisonwood Bible was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and was chosen as the best reading group novel ever at the Penguin/Orange Awards. It continues to be read and adored by millions worldwide.

    Hillary Clinton

    It's one of the most powerful books I've read about the evil consequences of patriarchal oppression

    Aug 15, 2000 — Source

  • Faith of My Fathers
    Hillary Clinton

    You might be surprised to see [this on my bookshelf]

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source

  • Decision Points
    Hillary Clinton

    You might be surprised to see [this on my bookshelf]

    Jun 11, 2014 — Source