Summer Reading: Destination Z – Read a Book About a World-Changer

Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? If Destination Z: Read a Book About a World Changer is a stop on your journey, perhaps one of these books will get you there! Check out the first lines of these five books to see if any pique your interest.

“April, 1975. Phnom Penh city wakes early to take advantage of the cool morning breeze before the sun breaks through the haze and invades the country with sweltering heat.”

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung





“‘My grandfather was born into slavery,’ Jackie Robinson later wrote, ‘and although my mother and father…lived during an era when physical slavery had been abolished, they also lived in a newer, more sophisticated kind of slavery,’ as sharecroppers in the sugar-cane growing region of southern Georgia.”

Jackie Robinson: An Integrated Life by J. Christopher Shultz




“A cobalt blue house stands on the corner of Allende and Londres streets in a comfortable but unassuming residential area of the Mexico City borough of Coyoacan.”

Frida Kahlo at Home by Suzanne Barbezat




the book of joy book cover

“As we stepped off the plane at the small airport, the howl of the jet engines deafening and the snowcapped foothills of the Himalayas looming behind us, two old friends embraced.”

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu





“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”

Cosmos by Carl Sagan