The 2019 Reading Challenges are here! Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.
We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book about a current issue.”
This category is wide-ranging and the options are nearly limitless. The descriptor, “a current issue,” can cover politics, immigration, the legal system, race and race relations, and medical issues, to name just a few. While the majority of suggestions below are non-fiction titles, you shouldn’t feel restricted in what you choose. APL librarians can work with you to find a title that interests you.
Below are a few suggestions in various topics of books that fit the category “A book about a current issue.”
Poverty and the Working Class: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Global Warming/Climate Change: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
Poverty and the Working Class: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh
Poverty and the Working Class: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The South, Race, and the Civil War: In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History by Mitch Landrieu
Criminal Justice: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson