The most important books in 2016
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
“The Underground Railroad” — the story of a young woman’s escape from slavery via an imaginary railroad that brings her to different, imperfect versions of America — was a success on every level. Oprah could pick it for her popular book club; it also won the National Book Award for fiction.
Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher
Kranish and Fisher worked like lightning to get “Trump Revealed” to print while he was a presidential candidate. The writers turned the reporting of their fellow Washington Post reporters into a detailed, researched story of Trump. This book is valuable in understanding how Trump has behaved in the past as a manager, businessman and private person.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Yoon’s second novel was a National Book Award finalist for young people’s literature. It’s told from two main points of view: Daniel, a poetry-loving Korean American teenager whose parents want him to be a doctor, and Natasha, a student who hopes to be a scientist and is trying to prevent her family from being forced back to Jamaica. The story follows the threads of these two teens’ lives and those they come across over the course of a day. This book for young adults is full of intelligence, understanding and hope.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
One of our biggest rock stars, Springsteen has written a new section of rock songs that deeply link his own desire, trouble and longing to the larger story of America. This book, the first from the 67-year-old, tells of his youthful ambitions, his adult belief and his deep commitment to social justice.
21. Which of the books is likely to be a suitable gift for a girl aged 18?
A. The Underground Railroad. B. Trump Revealed.
C. The Sun Is Also a Star. D. Born to Run.
22. What can we know about Born to Run?
A. Springsteen’s rock songs tell about the teens’ desire and longing.
B. Springsteen wrote the new section of rock songs at the age of 67.
C. Readers can enjoy Bruce Springsteen’s rock songs in the book.
D. Readers know more about Bruce Springsteen’s life.
23. Which of the following is TRUE according to the passage?
A. The Underground Railroad tells of a young woman escaping from slavery by train.
B. Trump Revealed was printed before Trump became the President of America.
C. Natasha tried hard to force her family back to Jamaica.
D. Yoon’s second novel won the National Book Award for fiction.