Dive into the literary world of Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State.

Hillary Clinton is a prominent political figure known for her role as the former First Lady of the United States, U.S. Senator from New York, Secretary of State under President Barack Obama, and the Democratic Party's nominee for President in 2016. Born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, Clinton has been at the forefront of American politics for decades, advocating for issues related to children's health and rights, gender equality, and healthcare reform. Her political career is marked by a deep commitment to public service and a firm belief in the power of government to make positive changes in people's lives.

Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible, from complex word problems and the meaning of scientific articles to understanding contracts and the fine print on financial documents.❞ — Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is also an avid reader, a trait she has discussed publicly and demonstrated through her engagement with a wide range of literary works. Her memoirs, including "Living History" and "What Happened," provide insights into her personal and professional life, showing how literature has influenced her worldview. Clinton has often spoken about how reading has not only provided her with a source of relaxation and escape but also deepened her understanding of complex global issues and human relationships. Her book recommendations often include works that address significant social issues, reflect on human nature, and inspire public service.

Hillary Clinton's Favorite Books

Last Updated: June 2024

West with the Night

Markham's memoir recounts her adventurous life as a pioneering aviator in Africa, detailing her remarkable flights and experiences with a lyrical and evocative prose style.
Also recommended by:
Jimmy Buffett 

The Brothers Karamazov

This profound novel delves into the lives of the Karamazov family, focusing on their internal moral struggles, profound philosophical dialogues, and the search for faith and meaning amidst personal tragedy.

Decision Points

In this memoir, former President George W. Bush provides an insider’s account of the pivotal decisions that shaped his presidency, offering candid reflections on both his personal life and key moments of his administration.

Missing You

In this gripping thriller, NYPD detective Kat Donovan discovers her ex-fiancé on an online dating site, which sets off a series of events that lead her into a dangerous web of deception, murder, and conspiracy.

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel

Tan’s novel interweaves the stories of four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club called The Joy Luck Club, exploring themes of cultural identity, mother-daughter relationships, and the immigrant experience.

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The Signature of All Things: A Novel

Gilbert's sweeping historical novel centers on Alma Whittaker, a 19th-century botanist, as she navigates scientific discovery, personal passion, and the mysteries of evolution against the backdrop of a changing world.

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver's novel follows the Price family who move from the U.S. to the Belgian Congo in 1959, where their missionary zeal is juxtaposed against political upheaval, and the narrative unfolds from the perspectives of the minister's wife and four daughters.
Also recommended by:
Oprah Winfrey 

Goodnight Moon

This timeless children's book features a gentle, rhythmic story of a young bunny saying goodnight to the various objects in his room, creating a soothing bedtime ritual beloved by generations of readers.

Schindler's list

This historical novel tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who saved over a thousand Jewish lives during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories, blending detailed research with narrative storytelling to honor his legacy.

The Return of the Prodigal Son

In this inspirational book, Nouwen reflects deeply on Rembrandt's painting "The Return of the Prodigal Son" and the parable it depicts, using the story as a framework to explore themes of divine mercy, forgiveness, and human reconciliation.
Also recommended by:
Pope Francis 

However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

This inspiring biography chronicles Molly Melching's three-decade-long dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in Africa through education and advocacy against practices like female genital mutilation.

Earthly Remains

Commissario Guido Brunetti takes a break from the stress of his job by retreating to a villa on a Venetian island, but his respite is cut short when he becomes involved in solving the mysterious death of a local beekeeper.

Finding George Orwell in Burma

Larkin travels through Burma (Myanmar) retracing George Orwell's steps and drawing parallels between his experiences and the repressive political climate of the country, revealing the enduring relevance of Orwell's insights into totalitarianism.

Faith of My Fathers

McCain’s memoir chronicles his family's military history, his own experiences as a naval aviator, and his harrowing five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, highlighting the values of honor, courage, and resilience.

The Secret History

This psychological thriller follows a group of elite college students who fall under the spell of their charismatic classics professor and become entangled in a murder, leading to a chilling exploration of morality, obsession, and the consequences of their actions.

A Suitable Boy: A Novel

This epic novel follows the lives of four families in post-independence India, centering on the search for a suitable husband for Lata Mehra amidst the backdrop of a rapidly changing society.

Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again

Hari explores the various factors contributing to our decreasing attention spans and provides strategies to regain focus and improve our ability to think deeply in a world full of distractions.

Curious George Classic Collection

This collection features the timeless adventures of Curious George, a mischievous monkey whose curiosity leads him into a series of humorous and endearing escapades, captivating young readers with its playful stories and illustrations.

Carried Away: A Selection of Stories

This collection showcases some of Munro's finest short stories, capturing the nuances of everyday life and human relationships with her characteristic depth, insight, and mastery of the form.

The Bible

The Bible is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred in Christianity, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, which narrate the history of the Earth from its creation to the spread of Christianity in the first century A.D.

The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

Freeman's gripping historical narrative follows the harrowing journey of three brothers during World War II, detailing their efforts to locate their missing sibling and showcasing the bond of family amidst the turmoil of war.

The Runaway Bunny

This classic children's book tells the reassuring story of a young bunny who imagines running away, only to be consistently followed and found by his loving mother, illustrating the enduring bond between parent and child.

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

Olson chronicles the crucial roles played by three influential Americans in London—Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman, and John Gilbert Winant—during World War II, highlighting their efforts to bolster British morale and secure American support.

Runaway

This acclaimed collection of short stories delves into the lives of women at various stages of life, exploring themes of escape, self-discovery, and the unforeseen consequences of seemingly small decisions, all delivered with Munro's signature narrative brilliance.

The Clan of the Cave Bear

This prehistoric novel tells the story of Ayla, a young Cro-Magnon girl who is orphaned and adopted by a clan of Neanderthals, exploring themes of survival, identity, and the clash of cultures in ancient times.

After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

Blinder, an economist and former Federal Reserve vice chairman, analyzes the causes and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis, evaluating the responses and outlining the necessary steps to prevent future economic disasters.

The Shattered Tree

In this historical mystery, World War I nurse Bess Crawford tends to a wounded soldier who speaks fluent German, raising suspicions about his true identity and leading her to uncover a trail of espionage and danger.

Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

Dionne examines the historical roots of America's political divide, exploring the tensions between individualism and community and proposing ways to bridge the ideological gaps in contemporary American politics.

A Thousand Mornings

In this collection, Mary Oliver reflects on the beauty of the natural world and the profound moments of daily life, capturing the serenity and wonder that nature brings to the human experience.

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

This family memoir spans three generations of Chinese women, from the warlords and concubines of early 20th-century China to the Cultural Revolution, providing a vivid and personal perspective on the tumultuous history of modern China.

Out of Africa

In this memoir, Dinesen (pen name of Karen Blixen) reflects on her years managing a coffee plantation in Kenya, offering lyrical descriptions of the landscape, wildlife, and people, as well as her personal challenges and adventures.
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