Hello and happy Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly meme with a new theme every week. Visit the T5W Goodreads Group page for more info and to see upcoming themes.
This week’s theme was top 5 books with “hard” topics. While looking through my book cases for inspiration for this week’s theme, I realized that I have read a lot of fictional books that address the topic of racism…
Growing up in private schools in Ohio didn’t give me many chances to experience diversity with regards to race. From kindergarten to 12th grade, I could count on one hand how many of my fellow classmates were of color. Once I got to college, it was like a whole new world for me. It was amazing to be able to experience so many different people! People of different races, religions, sexual orientations, etc. I found myself reading books that address issues like racism because my entire world as a child was relatively sheltered. I had no idea what it was like to be discriminated against, and even hated because of the color of my skin. Therefore, my top 5 Wednesday this week is going to be fictional books that address the issue of racism. Amazon // Goodreads
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another.
This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.
Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time.
If you are interested in more books that tackle different multicultural issues, I can refer you to Whitney @Brown Books & Green Tea. Her blog is dedicated to multicultural literature and multicultural issues.