By Jonathan Lethen
DB 77530, Available on BARD
Queens, New York. The Zimmers--headed by matriarch Rose--are a family of revolutionary radicals. Rose leads Communist cells from her kitchen until the party expels her in 1955. Her daughter Miriam explores communes. Grandson Sergius participates in the Occupy movement. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2013.
Divided We Fall
By Trent Reedy
DB 78336, Available on BARD
Seventeen-year-old Danny Wright, a private in the Idaho Army National Guard, is deployed to stop an anti-government protest in Boise. When his gun accidentally fires, tensions escalate between Idaho's governor and the U.S. president. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2014.
Everything All At Once
By Bill Nye
DB 88625, Available on BARD
Author of Undeniable (DB 80377) and Unstoppable (DB 87772) presents a guide to becoming activists and agents of change. Shares his tools for problem-solving, including radical curiosity, by illustrating specific principles. Advocates devising solutions to hunger, crime, poverty, pollution, and more. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
Helen Keller, Public Speaker: Sightless But Seen, Deaf But Heard
By Lois J. Einhorn
BR 13617, DB 52120, Available on BARD
A study of Helen Keller as a great American orator. Analyses her speaking, and provides texts of numerous speeches. Keller spoke on many topics including disability, women's suffrage, pacifism, and the eradication of poverty.
By Kathryn Stockett
BR 19132, DB 68889, LT 10137, Available on BARD
Jackson, Mississippi; 1962-1964. College grad and fledgling writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan searches for a book-worthy project. At the urging of an editor, Skeeter interviews African American maids Aibileen and Minny about their relationships with their employers. Violating integration laws, the three women question their lives. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2009.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
DB 82383, Available on BARD
A history of the United States exploring the perspective of its indigenous peoples. Dunbar-Ortiz analyzes how native tribes actively resisted national expansion and examines the systematic destruction of the lives and cultures of the native civilizations present in North America before European colonization. Violence. 2014.
Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice
By Gail Bush
DB 83085, Available on BARD
Collection of fifty-four previously published poems expressing feelings and a call to action on various social-justice issues. Contributors include Maya Angelou, Wendell Berry, Philip Dacey, Tupac Shakur, and more. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2013.
Johnny Got His Gun
By Dalton Trumbo
BR 15448, DB 58188, Available on BARD
Classic antiwar novel presents the internal monologue of a young soldier maimed during World War I. Hospitalized Joe Bonham, drifting in and out of consciousness, is beset by past memories and present horrors. 1990 introduction by Vietnam veteran/author Ron Kovic. Violence, some descriptions of sex, and some strong language. 1939.
By John Lewis
DB 87098, Available on BARD
Graphic novel trilogy, written between 2013 and 2016, traces Congressman John Lewis's firsthand account of the civil rights movement, from his first meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. to his commitment to nonviolent demonstrations in order to end segregation. Coretta Scott King Award. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2016.