Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books Tackling “Tough” Issues

My list is shy a few books this week, but I tried to limit it to those currently on my shelves. Since I read primarily for entertainment, I don’t have too many books tackling social issues in my personal collection.

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A classic tale that most have read before graduating high school, this story examines racial disparities amidst the hijinks of a southern youth.

2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A haunting look at the slow creep of mental illness made all the more poignant by its author’s own struggle with her mental stability.

3. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
A look inside the foster system and the toll it takes on a young girl struggling to cope with her mother’s murder trial.

4. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
A beautiful story that blends fact with folklore as a woman learns of a fairy tale that may hold the secret to her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust.

5. The Aye-Aye and I by Gerald Durrell
An often humorous, more often tragic, and always interesting account of a naturalist’s efforts to conserve lemurs and other species in Madagascar.

6. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
A tale of magical realism in which homosexuality is the norm in a small American town.

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