This week, The Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is (wow, that’s an alliteration if there ever was one…) Top 10 books that tackle tough issues.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova <– A sad story about the early onset of Alzheimer’s…
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold <– A young girl narrates the story after her kidnap, rape and murder.
- Room by Emma Donaghue <– A boy’s point of view of the world he knows while being held captive with his mother
- The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb <– How a family is affected by the Columbine shooting
- Push: A Novel by Sapphire <– The story of an overweight Harlem girl who is abused by her parents, living in poverty and trying to survive
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett <– How one girl takes on her well-to-do friends to do what she feels is right in 1960s Mississippi
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink <– Maybe a bit more scandalous or taboo than “tough”, but it’s about a love affair that begins with a young boy and an older woman
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire <– Told in the setting of Oz, this story is quite political – dealing with corruption, deception and whether good really is good, and evil is really evil.
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore <– Also another politically charged story, this graphic novel blurs the line between someone who’s seen as either a terrorist or a vigilante.
- The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas <– I actually haven’t read this book yet, but I saw it mentioned on Twitter and the premise sounded interesting. What happens when a man slaps a child who is not his own at a BBQ with friends?
This was a tough one to do… It was hard to come up with 10, and people also define “tough issues” differently, so it was hard to decide if a book was deemed worthy!