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2008 Recommended Reading List*

A Picture of Book of George Washington Carver ~~ David A. Adler

African American Fraternities and Sororities: the Legacy and Vision ~~ Editors Tamara L. Brown, Gregory S. Parks and Clarenda M. Phillips

Bailey’s Cafe ~~ Gloria Naylor

Bob Hope: My Life in Jokes ~~ Bob Hope with Linda Hope

By My Brother’s Side ~~Tiki and Ronde Barber

Choices: Guide for Today’s Woman ~~ Mary Jo Meadow Dec1are Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote.

Drita: My Homegirl ~~ Jenny Lombard

Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives ~~ Myriam Miedzian and Alisa Malinovich

God’s Little Instruction Book On Prayer  I Already Love You ~~ Billy Crystal

If I Live To Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians ~~ Neenah Ellis

Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny ~~ Hill Harper

Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer ~~ Tracy Kidder

My Darling, My Hamburger ~~ Paul Zindel

Take Big Bites: Adventures Around the World and Across the Table ~~ Linda Ellerbee

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity ~~ Julia Cameron

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream ~~ Barak Obama

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit ~~ Paula Danzinger

The Hiding Place ~~ Corrie Ten Brown

The Holy Bible (King James Version)

The Last Lecture ~~ Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow The Purpose Driven Life ~~ Rick Warren

The Women Who Raised Me: a Memoir ~~ Victoria Rowell

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time­ ~~ Greg Mortenson and Dave Oliver Relin

 *Read or reread inspirational books throughout the year and especially during National  Inspirational Role Models Month (NIRMM) designated November month-long celebration time. Please feel free to print/make copies of list and share with others.

©House of Communications 2008 Web site edition


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NIRMM Recommended Reading List Nomination Process

The National Inspirational Role Models Month (NIRMM) Recommended Reading List was launched in 2008 and received an enthusiastic response from both avid and occasional readers. Thus, it will be an ongoing and expanding part of NIRMM.  Nominations for additions to the list can be made throughout the year.  Updates will be completed annually each fall for posting on the Web site and distribution to diverse communities of readers. Outreach efforts include book clubs, stores, churches, community centers, libraries, non profits, organizations and schools.  Please carefully submit your nominations following the guidelines listed below in order to qualify for the drawing held annually upon completion of each list update process. Multiple entries are permitted and earn one chance in drawing for every accepted nomination. Congratulations to Erica Dean, the gift card drawing winner for the launch year, who nominated three accepted list titles. To see list with books Erica and others suggested, read related posts on this site. For additional information/questions, e-mail with “List Inquiry” on subject line or call 313.778.1550.


Nomination Guidelines

1.      Think about books you have read featuring inspirational themes, people or characters that reflect the current year’s theme.

2.      Keep in mind that you can select fiction or non fiction books reflecting diverse genres.

3.      Feel free to nominate new or classic books.

4.      Remember that nominating books you wrote is not acceptable.

5.      Type or print the title and author for nominated book.

6.      In 500 words or less, share your reason(s) for making the nomination.

7.      Provide your contact information along with your nomination.  Don’t forget to include your name, e-mail, postal mailing address and telephone number including area code.

9.      Submit nomination via e-mail to “List Nomination” on subject line or marked on envelope.

10.  Upon receipt, nominations will be reviewed by NIRMM Originator Darlene House/judges and carefully considered for addition to the list.

11.  All accepted nominations will be acknowledged and an entry will be placed into the next drawing.

12.  Drawing winners will be notified to determine the best way to receive their prize. Options may include presentation at one of the future NIRMM events.


Thank you for your consideration and support of NIRMM.

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