Reading for change: Part two

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.

Here is the second block of suggestions from our readers — compiled along with other recently-popular political titles — in additional nonfiction categories.

(Click here to see the first block of reader recommendations.)

Nonfiction: Medical ethics
“Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice,” Ronald M. Green, 2007
“The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients,” Sonia Shah, 2006
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot, 2010
“The Art and Politics of Science,” Harold Varmus, 2009

Nonfiction: Sociology
“Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,” Paul Butler, 2009
“Outliers: The Story of Success,” Malcolm Gladwell, 2008
“War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning,” Chris Hedges, 2003
“Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us,” Claude Steele, 2010
“Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, 2008
“The Evolution of God,” Robert Wright, 2009

Nonfiction: Immigration
“Brother, I’m Dying,” Edwidge Danticat, 2007
“Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights,” Jennifer Gordon, 2005
“The Devil’s Highway,” Luis Alberto Urrea, 2004

Nonfiction: Ethnic and racial studies
“Black Like Me,” John Howard Griffin, 1960
“Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life,” Annette Lareau, 2003
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race,” Beverly Daniel Tatum, 1997

Nonfiction: Gender studies
“Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America,” Lillian Faderman, 1991
“The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed,” Judy Shepard, 2009

Nonfiction: Environmental studies
“Eating Animals,” Jonathan Safran Foer, 2009
“Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America,” Thomas L. Friedman, 2008
“Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey,” Jane Goodall and Phillip Berman, 1999
“In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” Michael Pollan, 2008
“The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals,” Michael Pollan, 2006

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