What is your favorite social justice book?

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What is your favorite social justice book (fiction or non)?

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  1. Every essay in “The Fire This Time” (curated by Jesmyn Ward) is stunning. A tremendous expansion on James Baldwin’s original work: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28505023-the-fire-this-time?from_search=true

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  2. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a good one

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  3. Just Mercy or Evicted

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  4. Also The Warmth of Other Suns. Sheds a light on sharecropping, segregation, and Jim Crow as people try to move to make better lives for themselves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8171378-the-warmth-of-other-suns?from_search=true

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  5. Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau is my favorite! So informative and interesting! There is also a follow up on the publisher’s website on how those kids turned out as adults.

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  6. So You Want To Talk About Race is fantastic. I also recently read When They Call You a Terrorist and loved it.

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  7. Justice.. what is the right thing to do.. Michael sandel

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  8. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt

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    • If you liked that you should check out “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice” by Willie Parker. It’s a perspective we don’t really get to hear in the US. Very refreshing!

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  9. Killers of the Flower Moon

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  10. Evicted is an excellent read!!!

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  11. A classic: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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  12. Just Mercy– Bryan Stevenson

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  13. Evicted by Matthew Desmond was amazing. I also thought Stamped from the Beginning was brilliant.

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  14. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/200883

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  15. MOTHERHOOD IN BONDAGE: FORWARDED BY MARGARET MARSH by Margaret Sanger
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1008701

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  16. Just finished the sun does shine and it was such a well written story

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  17. When They Call You a Terrorist

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  18. I read Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin when I was 13. Living in an all white community during the Civil Rights movement, a teacher recommended this book for an insight into movement.

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  19. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20588662

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  20. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13374868

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  21. The Grapes of Wrath

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  22. The Hate You Give

    White Rage

    Symptoms of Being Human

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    I am Malala

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  23. The Warmth of Other Suns

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  24. 1491

    Lies Your History Teacher Told You

    An Indigenous People’s History of the United States

    An Inconvenient Indian

    This Book is Gay

    The Drowning of Stephan Jones

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    • Lies and An Indigenous People’s are both excellent. I only just recently downloaded 1491 but am looking forward to it. I actually had my boys read Lies My Teacher Told Me as part of their required hs reading.

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  25. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

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  26. The God Delusion

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    God is Not Great

    Unstoppable

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  27. The Other Wes Moore

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  28. Nonfiction- Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. Fiction – The Hate U Give and Small Great Things

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  29. Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol

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  30. We Should all be Feminists

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  31. I agree with many of the above.

    Not quite Justice but two additions to the list: Howard Zinns A Peoples History of the US and for fiction I think Pamela Sargent’s The Shore of Women is a wonderful fiction story about men vs women in our society.

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  32. To Kill A Mockingbird

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  33. All of Corban Addison’s books are fantastic. I also loved I Am Malala.

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  34. The Jungle by Uptain Sinclair

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  35. Between the world and me. Ta-nehesi Coates

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  36. The New Jim Crow was paradigm shifting for me and challenged everything I had been taught growing up.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6792458-the-new-jim-crow?from_search=true

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  37. Only it is happening here – right now, today.

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  38. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

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  39. What is the What by Dave Eggers

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  40. Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund is awesome.

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    • He did a livestream for our university when we did this book for a freshman read. I thought his speech was more organized than the book and more of a call to action. I think you can find a few of his speeches on YouTube.

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  41. Roots, though fictional, had quite a bit of historical research. I got a lot out of it.

    I would also say Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature is a book that transformed how I look at the world.

    Edit: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is another great one, jumpstarting the worker’s rights movement.

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  42. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  43. Nickle and Dimed by Barbara Erenreich

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  44. Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson

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  45. Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

    The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

    Drift by Rachel Maddow

    Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd

    Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

    Whipping Girl by Julia Serano

    for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange

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  46. Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

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  47. ‘Missile Envy’ by Dr. Helen Caldicott

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  48. Just started Gilbert King: Beneath a Ruthless Sky. Read The Devil in the Grove and found it fascinating and sad.

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  49. A Lesson Before Dying

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  50. Slavery by Another Name

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  51. Pedagogy of Hope by Paulo Freire

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  52. Evicted by Matthew Desmond

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  53. To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  54. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  55. A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

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  56. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Story.

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  57. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and on the fiction side pretty much anything by Steinbeck.

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  58. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  59. Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

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  60. Toss up: Native Son by Richard Wright or Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle.

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  61. lord of the flies & to kill a mockingbird

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  62. All books by Toni Morrison; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Diary of Anne Frank; Night by Elie Wiesel; A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines; Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton; The Hiding Place by Cory ten Boom; I could go on…

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  63. Does The Help qualify?

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  64. Prison Writings by Leonard Peltier.

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  65. ‘A Time to Kill” by John Grisham

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  66. Wow! Thank you for this list. This group is amazing.

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  67. Coming to Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

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  68. Night by Elie Wiesel is also fabulous.

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  69. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

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  70. The Hate U Give and To Kill a Mockingbird

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  71. “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis

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  72. “A Civil Action” by Jonathan Harr

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  73. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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  74. Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol

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  75. The Grapes of Wrath.

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  76. The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives by S. Abramsky 2013… Ward, J. (2016). The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race…Isenberg, N. (2016). White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.

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  77. To Kill A Mockingbird

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  78. Just Mercy, nonfiction

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  79. The Fire This Time(Jesmyn Ward)

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  80. I’ve read two good ones this year, Hillbilly Elegy and Radium Girls.

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  81. The Girls Who Went Away.

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  82. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover.

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  83. Whatever Happened to Willie Earle? by Will Willimon

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  84. A couple of classics: “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” by Robert Tressell (fiction) and “Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist” by Alexander Berkman (nonfiction)

    Both of these can be found online at Project Gutenberg and “The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists” has an excellently narrated recording by Tadhg Hynes at LibriVox.

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  85. How the Other Half Lives by Jacob A Riis

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  86. Fiction To Kill a Mockingbird; nonfiction White Trash: the 400 Year History of Class in America

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  87. Yes to Just Mercy. Also, I Can’t Breathe by Matt Taibbi and The Sun Does Shine by Ray Hinton and Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo. Fiction includes The Mercy Seat, This Is How It Begins by Joan Dempsey
    and of course To Kill a Mockingbird
    https://theliteratequilter.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-mercy-seat-by-elizabeth-h-winthrop.html

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  88. I listened to an audiobook of “The Hate U Give” and was incredibly moved. Same with “Just Mercy” by the wonderful Bryan Stevenson, a prophet for our times.

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  89. Still hungry in America by Robert Coles

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  90. Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol. Essentially anything by Kozol or Paul Farmer.

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  91. Imbeciles: Eugenics and theThe Sterilization of Carrie Buck, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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  92. The Absolutely True Diary Of a Part Time Indian – F
    You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – N
    Both – Sherman Alexie

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  93. To kill a mockingbird. A time to kill. The Green Mile.

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  94. A People’s History of the U.S. – Howard Zinn

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  95. The Warmth of other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
    White Trash

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  96. Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

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  97. Evicted by Matthew Desmond.

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  98. The Other Wes Moore, Tortilla Curtain

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  99. John Grisham
    addresses justice issues in a popular format.Walter Mosely’s Easy Rawlins series is also a favorite. Recent books Eviction & Killers of the Flower Moon were both astonishing and eye-opening.

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  100. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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  101. Anything by Ernest Gaines!!!!

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  102. The Hate U Give is pretty great. Older – To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  103. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer and Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (sp?)

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  104. 5 Smooth Stones. I’ll have to look up author to spell her name correctly

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  105. Small great things

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  106. Fire in Beulah by Rilla Askew

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  107. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  108. The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

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  109. Between the World an Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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  110. Just Mercy by BRYAN Stevenson.

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  111. Devil in the White City. Also The Alienist

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  112. Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell. In it, in a chapter describing the experience of being forced, along with many others and under threat of physical violence, into a London flophouse and having to pay a few pence for the privilege, Orwell, in one sentence, notes that profit is the root cause of poverty as the flophouse is more profitable than London’s fanciest hotel “…there is more money to be made taking pennies from the poor than pounds from the rich.”.

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  113. Barking at the Choir by Greg Boyle!

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  114. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Must read!

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  115. For a work of fiction, I’d say To Kill a Mockingbird. For non-fiction, I’d pick Martin Luther King Jr’s Why We Can’t Wait.

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  116. I Am a Man by Joe Starita

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  117. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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  118. Nobody Knows My Name. James Baldwin

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  119. Native Son by Richard Wright really captures the terror of being an illiterate marginalized person.

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  120. Dead Man Walking and To Kill a Mockingbird

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  121. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. “Fear and anger are a threat to justice; they can inflict a community, a state, or a nation and make us blind, irrational, and dangerous.” And Sherman Alexi’s memoir: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. I laughed and cried at the same time and when I finished it I started at the beginning and read it again.

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    • Can you tell me more about Just Mercy

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    • Here is a description of the author and the book: Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Most of the cases Stevenson investigated were of black men unjustly prosecuted and and sentenced – many to death. He tells the story of a corrupt legal system that fuels anger and fear.

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  122. Both books excellent.

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  123. The Round House by Louise Erdrich. She is a wonderful Native American author.

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  124. There are so many wonderful and life altering books mentioned here. I will also add Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Dee Brown) , Stolen Continents by Richard Wright and For Those I Loved by Martin Grey. They are all non-fiction.

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  125. Another great book is North of Crazy by Neltje. It is her autobiography and before the “Me, Too” movement it empowered women to speak out about their own experiences of sexual abuse. Also, She is a remarkable woman.

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  126. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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  127. Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer

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  128. Fiction: The Hate U Give, non-fiction: The New Jim Crow

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  129. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

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  130. The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash. It’s about the attempt to unionize cotton mill workers for better wages.

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  131. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison was also very mind-opening

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  132. Evicited and Nickled and Dimed: Living on minimum wage. Both good books.

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  133. Does The Outsiders count?

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  134. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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  135. Jodi Picout Great Small Things

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  136. So many great suggestions; I’ll add Trail of Tears by Gloria Jahoda to the growing list.

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  137. I just read ‘The Sun Does SHine” by Ray Hinton. It was realy good 🙂

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  138. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

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  139. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds.

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  140. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  141. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.

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  142. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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  143. “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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  144. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  145. A Walk in the Sun by Corbin Addison, it’s a novel that sheds light on human trafficking

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  146. Recently, Hillbilly Elegy.

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  147. Battle Cry of Freedom (both volumes) and Slavery by Another Name are 2 of my favs. I generally lean toward this genre and non-fiction, to help give me an understanding of the shape of the world around me/us. I would say that A Warmth of Other Suns may be one of my all-time favorite books, period. It’s so much more than any of these genres to me… that book was everything!

    Edited to add: Dr King’s last book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community was powerful and now seems to embody prophetic insights. I wish more folks would read it. I didn’t have anyone you discuss it with when I finished it.

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  148. Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck

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  149. I’m currently reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. So far, it’s excellent.

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  150. Trinity by Leon Uris

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  151. Through the Eyes of the Judged: Autobiographical Sketches by Incarcerated Young Men (edited by Stephanie Guilloud.) I used this in the classroom.

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  152. Animal Farm and To Kill A Mockingbird

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  153. To Kill a Mockingbird

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  154. Thanks to everyone who suggested Just Mercy.

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  155. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Erenricht

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  156. Between The World and Me, Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul by Clara Bingham, My Life on the Road
    by Gloria Steinem, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Tim Wise books.

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  157. There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz, nonfiction. Fiction, “Hard Times” by Charles Dickens.

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  158. David Copperfield, To Kill a Mockingbird

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  159. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, non fiction. To Kill a Mockingbird, fiction.

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  160. Soul on Ice, Soledad Brother, Assata, Letter From A Birmingham Jail, The Isis Papers, The New Jim Crow.

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  161. Looking Away: Inequality, Prejudice and Indifference in New India was an amazing book. Super impactful. Changed how I think about poverty and interacting with poor people.

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