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    Posted on Nov 20, 2014

    21 Books That Could Make The World A Better Place

    If everyone read them.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what book could make the world a better place, if it was required reading. Here are some of their responses.

    1. Reason for Hope by Jane Goodall

    2. Sold by Patricia McCormick

    3. Night by Elie Wiesel

    4. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

    5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

    6. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

    7. The Big Necessity by Rose George

    Metropolitan Books

    "It's about poop. And toilets. And why having toilets to poop in is so important. That way, the new cool charity thing would be to install toilets in developing countries. Clean water doesn't help much without sanitation."

    —Jennifer N., via Facebook

    8. Room by Emma Donoghue

    9. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    10. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

    11. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

    12. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

    13. If I Just Had Two Wings by Virginia Frances Schwartz

    Stoddart Kids

    "Virginia Frances Schwartz gave me a lot of perspective as a child. It's about a 13-year-old girl escaping the slave trade on the Underground Railroad, and growing up in a small (and very non-diverse) town. It taught me a lot that my school never thought to teach."

    —Michelle P., via Facebook

    14. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

    15. Quiet by Susan Cain

    16. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

    17. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff

    18. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

    19. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

    20. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

    21. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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