Books about Tolerance

  1. The Satanic Verses

    by Salman Rushdie
    An exploration into the clash between faith and reason, with a controversial narrative of religious satire.

    Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two figures, Gibreel Farishta, the biggest star in India, and Saladin ... (Goodreads)

  2. The Underground Railroad

    by Colson Whitehead
    An escaped slave's daring escape to freedom, fighting against the brutality of slavery.

    The story is told in the third person, focusing mainly on Cora. Scattered single chapters also focus on Cora's mother Mabel, the slavecatcher Ridgeway, a reluctant slave sympathizer named Ethel, and ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Small Island

    by Andrea Levy
    A story of post-WWII immigration, exploring themes of identity, belonging, and racism.

    Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received ... (Goodreads)

  4. In One Person

    by John Irving
    A coming-of-age story of a bisexual man fighting for acceptance in a world of intolerance.

    A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual ... (Goodreads)

  5. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

    by James McBride
    A memoir of a black man's journey to understand his white mother's past and how it shaped his own identity.

    Touches readers of all colors as a vivid portrait of growing up, a haunting meditation on race and identity, and a lyrical valentine to a mother from her son. Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A ... (Goodreads)

  6. A Passage to India

    by E.M. Forster
    Exploring imperial tensions between colonial India and Britain in the early 20th century.

    A young British schoolmistress, Adela Quested, and her elderly friend, Mrs. Moore, visit the fictional city of Chandrapore, British India . Adela is to decide if she wants to marry Mrs. Moore's son, ... (Wikipedia)

  7. The Sneetches and Other Stories

    by Dr. Seuss
    A collection of humorous tales, exploring the concepts of acceptance and equality.

    "The Sneetches got really quite smart on that day,The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches.,And no kind of Sneetch is the best of the beaches." In this book you'll find a selection of four ... (Goodreads)

  8. Maurice

    by E.M. Forster
    A young man's journey of self-discovery and acceptance of his sexuality.

    Maurice Hall, age fourteen, discusses sex and women with his prep-school teacher Ben Ducie just before Maurice progresses to his public school. This scene sets the tone for the rest of the novel, as ... (Wikipedia)

  9. The World's Religions

    by Huston Smith
    Examination of the major religious traditions of the world, exploring their origins, beliefs, and practices.

    The World’s Religions, by beloved author and pioneering professor Huston Smith ( Tales of Wonder ), is the definitive classic for introducing the essential elements and teachings of the world's ... (Barnes & Noble)

  10. The Golem and the Jinni

    by Helene Wecker
    Two supernatural creatures from different mythologies, living in New York City, find companionship and friendship in each other.

    In the Polish town of Konin at the end of the 19th century, a corrupt kabbalist named Yehudah Schaalman creates a golem in the shape of a woman at the request of young Otto Rotfeld, who seeks a ... (Wikipedia)

  11. Angels in America

    by Tony Kushner
    Epic story of America in the midst of the AIDS crisis, exploring themes of identity, loss, and hope.

    Set in New York City, the play takes place between October 1985 and February 1986. , The play begins with the funeral of Sarah Ironson, an elderly Jewish woman, whose rabbi eulogizes not only her, ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Number the Stars

    by Lois Lowry
    A young girl's courage and loyalty help her family and friends escape the Nazis.

    Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi ... (Goodreads)

  13. The Heretic's Daughter

    by Kathleen Kent
    A dramatic tale of one family's survival during the Salem Witch Trials.

    A courageous woman fights to survive the darkest days of the Salem Witch Trials in this "heart-wrenching story of family love and sacrifice" (,USA Today,). Salem, 1752. Sarah Carrier Chapman, weak ... (Barnes & Noble)

  14. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

    by Bryan Stevenson
    A powerful true story of justice and redemption, exposing the flaws of America's criminal justice system.

    In 1989, idealistic young Harvard law graduate Bryan Stevenson travels to Alabama hoping to help fight for poor people who cannot afford proper legal representation. Teaming with Eva Ansley, he ... (Wikipedia)

  15. Brokeback Mountain

    by Annie Proulx
    Forbidden love between two cowboys exploring their sexuality and emotions in a hostile environment.

    Annie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, "Brokeback Mountain" is her masterpiece. Ennis del Mar ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

    by Anne Fadiman
    Exploring the cultural divide between the Hmong people and the medical establishment.

    Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, ... (Goodreads)

  17. 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)

  18. Babycakes

    by Armistead Maupin
    A young woman's journey to find her place in the world, navigating her sexuality and identity.

    The characters that filled the pages of the three earlier Tales of the City books with love and laughter are at it again, as an ordinary house-husband and his ambitious wife discover there's more to ... (Goodreads)

  19. Islam Between East and West

    by Alija Izetbegović
    Exploring the tension between East and West from an Islamic perspective.

    كتاب «الإسلام بين الشرق والغرب»، هو نتيجة لدراسة واسعة متعددة الجوانب لأبرز الأفكار العالمية في تاريخ البشرية المعاصر. إن ظاهرة نسيان الذات التي تميز بها التاريخ الحديث للعالم الإسلامي، تضع المفكر ... (Goodreads)

  20. The Chrysalids

    by John Wyndham
    A post-apocalyptic tale of survival and the struggle against oppressive forces.

    The inhabitants of post-apocalypse Labrador have vague knowledge of the "Old People", a technologically advanced civilization they believe was destroyed when God sent " Tribulation " to the world to ... (Wikipedia)

  21. The Chosen

    by Chaim Potok
    Story of two boys from different backgrounds learning to understand each other and their place in the world.

    In 1944 Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Reuven Malter prepares to play a baseball game: his own Modern Orthodox school against a team from an ultra-orthodox Hasidic yeshiva. It becomes apparent that the ... (Wikipedia)

  22. The Laramie Project

    by Moisés Kaufman
    A theatrical exploration of the death of a young gay man, and the effect it had on the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

    For a year and a half following the murder of Matthew Shepard, Moisés Kaufman and his Tectonic Theater Project–whose previous play, Gross Indecency , was hailed as a work of unsurpassed ... (Goodreads)

  23. Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

    by Nadia Bolz-Weber
    An exploration of faith, grace, and redemption through the stories of ordinary people.

    What if that person you've been trying to avoid is your best shot at grace today?,...And what if that's the point?, In Accidental Saints, New York Times best-selling au­thor Nadia Bolz-Weber invites ... (Barnes & Noble)

  24. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

    by Kevin Roose
    An exploration of faith and culture at an evangelical college, through the eyes of an atheist.

    The hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking memoir of a college student's semester at Liberty University, the "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals, that will inspire ... (Barnes & Noble)

  25. When the Emperor Was Divine

    by Julie Otsuka
    A Japanese-American family's struggle of survival in the face of wartime discrimination.

    In "When the Emperor was Divine," Author Julie Otsuka gives a fictional retelling of the Japanese American experience during the Internment period of WWII. The story follows a Japanese American ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Lies We Tell Ourselves

    by Robin Talley
    In 1959 Virginia, two girls from opposite sides of the civil rights battle must confront their own beliefs and prejudices.

    In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white ... (Goodreads)

  27. Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

    by Sam Harris
    A conversation between Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz on the compatibility of Islam and liberal values.

    Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem to be drawn to extremism? And what do words like jihadism and fundamentalism really mean? In a world riven ... (Goodreads)

  28. Two Boys Kissing

    by David Levithan
    Two boys determined to break a world record for longest kiss experience life, love, and loss.

    New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new ... (Goodreads)

  29. Hana's Suitcase: A True Story

    by Karen Levine
    A suitcase from Auschwitz leads a Japanese teacher and her students on a journey to uncover the story of Hana Brady, a young girl who perished in the Holocaust.

    In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children’s Holocaust education center in Tokyo, Japan. On the outside, in white paint, were these words: Hana Brady, May 16, 1931, and Waisenkind – the German ... (Barnes & Noble)

  30. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

    by Fred Rogers
    A collection of inspiring quotes and anecdotes from the beloved children's television host, Fred Rogers.

    A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the beloved PBS series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood., There are few personalities who evoke such ... (Barnes & Noble)

  31. Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories

    by R.J. Palacio
    Collection of three stories exploring empathy, kindness, and understanding.

    WONDER, IS NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS AND JACOB TREMBLAY!,Over 8 million people have read the #1, New York Times, bestseller, Wonder, and have fallen in love with Auggie ... (Barnes & Noble)

  32. The Children's Hour

    by Lillian Hellman
    A lie told by a student leads to the destruction of two women's lives and their school.

    This is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumour about the two women, the rumour soon turns into a scandal. As the young girl ... (Goodreads)

  33. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

    by Amin Maalouf
    A historical account of the Crusades from the perspective of Arab eyewitnesses and chroniclers.

    The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses, and often participants. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape ... (Goodreads)

  34. Monsieur Ibrahim and The Flowers of the Qur'an

    by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
    A young Jewish boy befriends a Muslim shopkeeper and embarks on a journey of self-realization.

    The book begins with a young Moïse, commonly referred to as Momo, preparing to search for a prostitute . It is written as a reflection of his childhood, and he notes that he was only eleven years old ... (Wikipedia)

  35. Pluto

    by R.J. Palacio
    A heartwarming story about a boy with facial differences who navigates the challenges of middle school and learns the true meaning of friendship.

    Almost 2 million people have read the New York Times bestseller Wonder and fallen in love with Auggie Pullman. Last year readers were given a special look at another side of his story with The Julian ... (Goodreads)

  36. The Abstinence Teacher

    by Tom Perrotta
    A health teacher's abstinence-only curriculum clashes with her own desires and a liberal soccer coach. A story of moral conflict and self-discovery.

    Stonewood Heights is the perfect place to raise kids. It's got the proverbial good schools, solid values and a healthy real estate market. It's the kind of place where parents are involved in their ... (Goodreads)

  37. Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

    by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    A memoir of a woman's journey from a strict Muslim upbringing in Somalia to becoming a political activist in the Netherlands and the US.

    "This woman is a major hero of our time." —Richard Dawkins Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New ... (Barnes & Noble)

  38. All Over Creation

    by Ruth Ozeki
    A family's struggle to save their farm and the world from genetically modified crops. A story of love, loss, and the power of activism.

    A warm and witty saga about agribusiness, environmental activism, and community—from the celebrated author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being . Yumi Fuller hasn’t set foot in her ... (Goodreads)

  39. Wishtree

    by Katherine Applegate
    An ancient oak tree tells the story of a community coming together to accept difference and promote understanding.

    The, New York Times-,bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. ,, Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the ... (Barnes & Noble)

  40. Summer of My German Soldier

    by Bette Greene
    A young Jewish girl's awakening to the world as she develops a complex relationship with a German soldier.

    Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen. But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so ... (Goodreads)

  41. Samarkand

    by Amin Maalouf
    Epic tale of a man's journey to discover his identity and the truths of his ancestry.

    The first half of the story is set in Persia (present day Iran ) and Central Asia in the 11th century, and revolves around the scientist, philosopher, and poet Omar Khayyám . It recounts the creation ... (Wikipedia)

  42. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days

    by G. Willow Wilson
    A superhero's journey of self-discovery and finding her place in the world.

    From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she's been challenged. But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe. Lucky she's got the help of Carol "Captain Marvel" ... (Goodreads)

  43. A Silent Voice, Vol. 3

    by Yoshitoki Ōima

    The story revolves around Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent who bullied Shoko Nishimiya, his deaf classmate, alongside his friends back when he was in elementary school. When Ishida transferred, all ... (Wikipedia)

  44. Mr Stink

    by David Walliams
    A lonely girl befriends a stinky homeless man, Mr. Stink, and helps him find a place to live. Heartwarming and humorous.

    Chloe is a 12-year-old girl living in an undisclosed British town, who wants to help a local tramp become her friend, Mr. Stink, but she does not know how. She wrote a story that her mother tore up ... (Wikipedia)

  45. Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town

    by Warren St. John
    A soccer team made up of refugees in a small American town overcomes cultural barriers and discrimination to find success on and off the field.

    The extraordinary story of a refugee football team and the transformation of a small American town. Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement centre ... (Goodreads)

  46. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts

    by Neil W. White III
    A memoir of a man who was imprisoned in a leper colony and found redemption and purpose among the outcasts.

    "A remarkable story of a young man's loss of everything he deemed important, and his ultimate discovery that redemption can be taught by society's most dreaded outcasts." —John Grisham "Hilarious, ... (Barnes & Noble)

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