I've been pretty sucked into the Game of Thrones & Outlander series of novels recently, but that doesn't mean I haven't read other books! I love reading about a variety of topics, from educational policy to science fiction to romance to memoirs. Right now, I'm on a kick to find feminist/social policy/out-of-my-normal-bubble books, and I wanted to share a few of the ones I've read in the past with you.
One | The Color Purple
The Color Purple is a historical novel, taking place in the South in the 1930s. It details the lack of rights for women of color in the South during this time period. The importance of this book goes so much deeper than the story that is told, although that's pretty important, too. The truths of racism, sexism, & women's rights are shown explicitly, which is exactly what many readers need to see. This book shows those who have never been in situations like the main character, Celie, what it would be like if your life were marked by oppression. The Color Purple encourages others to look outside of themselves and into the lives of other people with compassion, & passion to do more to eradicate inequality & oppression.
Two | Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis is a New York Times Bestseller covering the inequality gap that is ever growing in the United States. The book explains that because of this "inequality gap" there is also an "opportunity gap" between those with certain levels of privilege they aquired at birth. The book's author, Robert Putnam, argues that the American Dream is waning due to increasing inequality. With all that's happening in our world, reads like this, as well as ones like The Color Purple, are important to help us see past our own situation and into the situations of others.
Three | 1984
1984 is one of the books that got me hooked on literature. I first read it when I was a senior in high school and it was one of the first pieces that made me question everything (in a good way). Published in 1949, the novel projects what the government will be in a dystopian 1984. Individualism is basically outlawed, and individualistic thoughts are monitored, forcing people to abandon creative & critical thought. Instead of their own ideas, their government feeds their citizens what they want them to believe. 1984 introduces the idea of Big Brother, and the power that a government can obtain if we let it.
Four | Brave New World
Okay, so I haven't actually read this one yet but its high on my list! According to what I've read about Brave New World, it imagines the future is a world where behavior & reproductive rights are controlled by a government who desires conformity & indoctrinated beliefs. It follows two main characters who are very different but whose paths cross. I've been eyeing this one for years and bought it yesterday, so I'll have to get to it soon.
What are your favorite important reads?
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