For this week's list, I tried to stick to more recent books I've read that have tackled a wide variety of tough topics for adults (you can read my Top Ten list of Kids/Teen Books at Great Books for Kids and Teens).
Top Ten That Tackle Tough Topics:
- Room by Emma Donoghue (abduction/rape)
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (violent crime against children, the afterlife)
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Alzheimer’s disease)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (racism, injustice)
- Beloved by Toni Morrison (slavery)
- The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (polygamy, religious extremism)
- How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard (chronic illness, dealing with life’s challenges)
- Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers (cancer)
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett (racism, class struggles)
- Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon (mentally handicapped people)
What are your favorite books that tackle tough issues?