Books about Equity

  1. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

    by Jonathan Kozol
    An exposé of the disparities in America's public education system and its effects on children.

    National Book Award-winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking account of the American educational system in this stunning "New York Times" bestseller, which has sold more than 250,000 ... (Goodreads)

  2. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation

    by Deborah Tannen
    A sociolinguistic analysis of how men and women communicate differently, leading to misunderstandings and conflicts.

    From the author of, New York Times, bestseller, You're Wearing That?, this bestselling classic work draws upon groundbreaking research by an acclaimed sociolinguist to show that women and men live in ... (Goodreads)

  3. The Help

    by Kathryn Stockett
    A group of African-American maids in 1960s Mississippi challenge the racial and social norms of the time.

    The Help is set in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi , and told primarily from the first-person perspectives of three women: Aibileen Clark, Minny Jackson, and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan. ... (Wikipedia)

  4. Half of a Yellow Sun

    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Story of two sisters navigating a civil war in Nigeria, and the effects of colonialism.

    The novel takes place in Nigeria prior to and during the Nigerian Civil War (1967–70). The effect of the war is shown through the relationships of five people's lives including the twin daughters of ... (Wikipedia)

  5. Between the Lines

    by Jodi Picoult
    Teenage girl must come to terms with her parents' past while struggling to find her place in the world.

    Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver ... (Goodreads)

  6. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    by Glenn Greenwald
    Exposé of the US government's massive surveillance system, detailing the dangers of pervasive state power.

    By Glenn Greenwald, star of, Citizenfour, the Academy Award-winning documentary on Edward Snowden In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have ... (Goodreads)

  7. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

    by Jeff Hobbs
    A poignant biography of a man's rise and fall, caught in the crossfire of economic and social inequality.

    An instant, New York Times, bestseller, named a best book of the year by, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and, Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?

    by Michael J. Sandel
    Exploration of moral and ethical dilemmas, seeking answers to fundamental questions of justice.

    "For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport," The Nation 's reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book—based on his legendary Harvard course—Sandel offers a rare education in ... (Barnes & Noble)

  9. NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

    by Steve Silberman
    Explores the history, science, and personal stories of autism.

    Going back to the earliest days of autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Freedom Writers Diary

    by Erin Gruwell
    A true story of gritty inner-city teens who use writing to overcome obstacles and find a brighter future.

    As an idealistic 23-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of "unteachable, at-risk" students. One day she intercepted a note with a ... (Wikipedia)

  11. White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

    by Tim Wise
    A personal account of growing up white in America and the privileges that come with it, while exploring the realities of racism and white privilege.

    In White Like Me, Tim Wise offers a highly personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans, overtly racist or not, to the detriment of people of ... (Goodreads)

  12. If Beale Street Could Talk

    by James Baldwin
    A young African-American couple must confront the injustices of racism while trying to reunite.

    In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a ... (Goodreads)

  13. Noughts & Crosses

    by Malorie Blackman
    Exploring racism and prejudice in a world where the races are divided between Noughts and Crosses.

    Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society. Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a ... (Goodreads)

  14. Réquiem por un campesino español (Contemporánea)

    by Ramón J. Sender

    The story is narrated by a third-person omniscient narrator who has insight into Mosén Millán's thoughts and feelings. Three distinct planes of narration exist in the novel: the present, Millán's ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza

    by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    Exploration of the hybrid identity of Chicana women, navigating between two cultures.

    Anzaldua, a Chicana native of Texas, explores in prose and poetry the murky, precarious existence of those living on the frontier between cultures and languages. Writing in a lyrical mixture of ... (Goodreads)

  16. An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

    by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    A comprehensive look into the forgotten histories of the Indigenous peoples of the United States.

    The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples. Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising ... (Goodreads)

  17. El cartero de Neruda (ardiente paciencia)

    by Antonio Skármeta
    A postman's journey of self-discovery and political awakening in a small Chilean town.

    ماريو خيمينث صياد شاب يقرر أن يهجر مهنته ليصبح ساعي بريد في ايسلانيغرا ، حيث الشخص الوحيد الذي يتلقى ويبعث رسائل هو الشاعر بابلو نيرودا . الشاب خيمينث معجب بنيرودا ، وينتظر بلهفة أن يكتب له الشاعر ... (Goodreads)

  18. New York 2140

    by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Humanity adapts to the changing landscapes of a future flooded New York City.

    It is 2140. The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a ... (Goodreads)

  19. Rich Man, Poor Man

    by Irwin Shaw
    A family saga spanning generations, exploring the power of money and its influence on relationships.

    In the early parts of the novel Shaw goes to great lengths to make the point about "Jordache blood" – violent, bitter, resentful. One of the ways he does this is by meticulously describing the ... (Wikipedia)

  20. The House Girl

    by Tara Conklin
    A story of two women, a present-day lawyer and a 19th Century slave, and the search for justice in a complex world.

    A stunning debut novel of love, family, and justice that intertwines the stories of an escaped house slave in 1852 Virginia and ambitious young lawyer in contemporary New York Virginia, 1852. ... (Goodreads)

  21. Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

    by Debby Irving
    A personal exploration of the author's journey to understand her own privilege and racism as a white woman in America.

    Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective ... (Goodreads)

  22. Globalization and its Discontents

    by Joseph E. Stiglitz
    Critique of the negative effects of globalization on developing countries and the global economy, with proposed solutions for a fairer system.

    When it was first published, this national bestseller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for ... (Goodreads)

  23. Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It

    by Karl Weber
    An eye-opening guide to the food industry, revealing the hidden costs of cheap food and offering solutions for a healthier and more sustainable future.

    Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a ... (Goodreads)

  24. Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

    by Rachel Ignotofsky
    Celebrates the lives of 50 women who made significant contributions to science and technology, despite facing gender discrimination and societal barriers.

    Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, ... (Goodreads)

  25. Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition

    by B.R. Ambedkar
    A powerful critique of the caste system in India, arguing for its complete abolition and the need for social justice and equality.

    “What the Communist Manifesto is to the capitalist world, Annihilation of Caste is to India.” —Anand Teltumbde, author of The Persistence of Caste B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is one of the ... (Goodreads)

  26. Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy

    by Christopher L. Hayes
    A critique of the meritocratic system in America and how it has led to a corrupt elite class. Offers solutions for a more just society.

    A powerful and original argument that traces the roots of our present crisis of authority to an unlikely source: the meritocracy. Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one ... (Goodreads)

  27. The Report Card

    by Andrew Clements
    Fifth-grader Nora secretly gets straight Ds on her report card to prove a point about the education system.

    9 year old Nora was a disgrace to her entire family, To disguise her intellect, Nora observes and emulates her classmates so she doesn't stand out. She becomes interested in one of her schoolfellow, ... (Wikipedia)

  28. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

    by Beverly Daniel Tatum
    Exploration of racial identity and the role of schools in creating and maintaining racial divides.

    Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly ... (Goodreads)

  29. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

    by Kadir Nelson
    A beautifully illustrated history of African Americans in America, from slavery to the present day.

    Kadir Nelson's Heart and Soul is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews. The story of ... (Goodreads)

  30. Nervous Conditions

    by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    A young girl's struggles to create her own identity amidst the oppressive colonial structures of her society.

    Tambu is the main character of the novel. The novel opens up with the news that Tambu’s older brother, Nhamo, had just died. Tambu is not upset about this because Nhamo studied at a missionary school ... (Wikipedia)

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