Books are a great entry point in learning about social fairness and equality. Social justice is a topic that is broad, diverse, and features subjects that help us reflect upon the society in which we live, learning about experiences different from our own. Issues of social justice are found in many subject areas that may be explored within both fiction and nonfiction. Browse a curated list of books on Social Justice, or look below for some quick recommendations. Any of these would be ideal for your own reading exploration or for the optional mini reading challenge on Social Justice for Winter Reading!
A Mind Spread Out On The Ground by Alicia Elliott
A personal meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America, in an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about Native people in North America.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen
A popular BuzzFeed columnist examines the phenomenon of popular provocative womanhood to discuss the rise of such counterculture stars as Amy Schumer, Nicki Minaj and Caitlyn Jenner, exploring why they are popular in spite of negative behaviors and what makes and breaks today’s divas.
Five Days: the Fiery Reckoning of an American City by Wes Moore
An account of the 2015 police-brutality killing of Freddie Gray retraces key events from the perspectives of seven insiders, including a conflicted Baltimore Police Department captain, the victim’s sister and the owner of the Baltimore Orioles.
We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
In a near-future South where an increasing number of people with dark skin endure cosmetic procedures to pass as white, a father embarks on an obsessive quest to protect his son, who bears a dark, spreading birthmark.
Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
The residents at a facility for disabled young people in Chicago build trust and make friends in an effort to fight against their living conditions and mistreatment in this debut novel from the playwright behind “Mishuganismo.”
Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen
Two young women become unlikely friends during one fateful summer in Atlantic City as mysterious disappearances hit dangerously close to home.
1919 by Eve Ewing
Ewing uses speculative and Afrofuturist lenses to recast history, and illuminates the thin line between the past and the present.