Three Books: Must Reads From Guantanamo Bay

NPR has a wonderful series, online and on the air, called "Three Books." If you're an avid NPR listener, you've probably heard it on All Things Considered. "Why three?" you ask.

"We live in a three-dimensional world, colored with hues that break down into a trio of primary colors," the series curators write. "Three is a number that allows for conversation, completion, and understanding."

Will Layman selected three books about music. Nathan Rabin's list centers on "the great American biography." And Lizzie Skurnick, whom we've interviewed on this show, shared "life lessons from young heroines."

These three books, which Hattie Garlick, the online content editor of The Times, brought to my attention, caught me by surprise: "The three most popular books in Guantanamo Bay."

Apparently, Al-Hayat sent a reporter to Guantanamo Bay, where there are now 13,500 books at the disposal of the 229 detainees there. So, what are the most-popular?

The Harry Potter novels, followed by Don Quixote and Dreams From My Father.

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