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Reading for change: Part one

Book clubs recommend reading related to social change, activism and political justice.

Nothing sparks animated, engaging discussion like politics.

If your book club is looking for intelligent, thought-provoking reads that will broaden perspectives and provoke stimulating debate, look no further.

BCC members have sent in their recommendations of books related to social change, activism and political justice. 

Check out these terrific suggestions from our readers — compiled along with other recently-popular political titles — in the genres of fiction and nonfiction.

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“America America,” Ethan Canin, 2008
“Little Bee,” Chris Cleave, 2008
“What Is the What,” Dave Eggers, 2007
“Zeitoun,” Dave Eggers, 2009
“Mudbound,” Hillary Jordan, 2008
“The Lacuna,” Barbara Kingsolver, 2009
“The Help,” Kathryn Stockett, 2009
“The Space Between Us,” Thrity Umrigar, 2005

Nonfiction: International affairs
“Engaging the Muslim World,” Juan Cole, 2009
“The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East,” Robert Fisk, 2005
“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, 2009
“Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Greg Mortenson 2009
“Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time,” Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin, 2006
“Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa,” Dambisa Moyo, 2009
“28: Stories of AIDS in Africa,” Stephanie Nolen, 2007
“Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers,” Arundhati Roy, 2009
“My Hope for Peace,” Jehan Sadat, 2009
“A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” Ishmael Beah, 2007

Nonfiction: American empire
“The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris,” Peter Beinart, 2010
“American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic,” Joseph J. Ellis, 2007
“The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s,” Tom Engelhardt, 2010
“Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six,” Jordan Flaherty, 2010
“Ladies of Liberty: Women Who Shaped Our Nation,” Cokie Roberts, 2008
“Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” Jeremy Scahill, 2007
“Renegade: The Making of a President,” Richard Wolffe, 2009
“Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times,” Amy Goodman and David Goodman, 2008

Nonfiction: Economics
“Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order,”Noam Chomsky, 1999
“The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy,” Lisa Dodson, 2009
“Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America,” Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001
“Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us,” Seth Godin, 2008
“Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx,” Chris Harman, 2010
“The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” Naomi Klein, 2007
“Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future,” Bill McKibben, 2007
“Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins, 2004
“The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time,” Jeffrey Sachs, 2005
“The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty,” Peter Singer, 2009
“Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy,” Jim Wallis, 2010
“Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism,” Muhammad Yunus, 2007

Monday: Part two – recommendations in additional nonfiction categories.

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