What are the best books about social class and inequality?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Peter Cole
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Well worth the money and well worth reading and rereading. its simply amazing "
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    #2A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic coming-of-age book by Betty Smith that tells the story of a girl named Francie Nolan and her poverty-stricken family as they struggle to survive in early 20th century Brooklyn, New York.

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    Patricia Ford
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This goes in great depth of a poverty-striken family struggling and barely making it to survive in the early 20th century. A very interesting read for sure."
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    #3Deer Hunting with Jesus

    Deer Hunting with Jesus

    Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War is a study book written by conservative author Joe Bageant. It was released in 2007. It is about the social struggles in the South.


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    Liu He
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This book gives voice to those commonly referred to as "Trailer Trash," while illustrating the universal challenges of isolated citizens in the United States who are living in poverty or are the working poor, and the transgeneraltional impact of those challenges. One also learns the history of this cohort, how it has evolved, how - along with a large majority of people in our society - are manipulated by our elected officials,and how the "Trailer Trash" culture permeates our society."
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    #4The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.

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    Billy Day
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Kathryn Stockett delivers with this brilliant tale depicting women's struggles in the American 1960's. The story of the different female characters offers a unique view yet the stories come together so perfectly. "
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    #5The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot. It tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were unknowingly taken from her and used in medical research. These cells have outlived her for 60 years.

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    Russell Robinson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A well researched story of the life of the woman whose cells are in every laboratory all over the planet and have even been sent into space with our astronauts. Its also tells how neither she nor her family ever profited a dime for the experiments and discoveries resulting from her body parts that were used in those experiments. She came from a family who were considered poverty stricken if judged by material standards but she was rich in family and friends who still to this day consider her smart and famous and are super proud of her. The author spent weeks at a time with her daughter and interviewed all her family members who were willing or able to share information. What comes across is how close her children still feel to her after all these years and all the problems they have encountered to try to have her recognized for what medicine and science have been able to do with parts of her body."
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    #612 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave
    The book that inspired the popular film is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York after the civil war. He was having a great and wealthy life until he got kidnapped and sold as a slave. Solomon uses this book to share its own adventures, giving detailed information about what he had to do and how he maintained his dignity during the 12 years he was forced to do everything. 


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    Bruce Peterson
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This book was such an eye opener about social inequality when I read it. It made me like the class so much that I was motivated to discover more about the topic. Definitely recommend it. "
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    The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing? is a nonfiction book about technology written by T. Gilling. This book about a computing device in the future was originally published in 2014.


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    Louis Alvarado
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Steam Tone is a really good book if you are a tech nerd like myself and really enjoy reading about new tech and future tech."
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    Tsarina is a historical fiction novel written by J. Nelle Patrick. It was first published in 2014 by Razorbill. Set in imperial Russia, it tells the story of a girl named Natasya and a magical Faberge egg.

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    Christopher Berry
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Natalya knows a secret. A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia's Winter Palace. It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics. A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov. Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life. But it's in the wrong hands."
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    #9Death of Innocence

    Death of Innocence

    Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America is an African-American memoir written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson. This nonfiction book was originally published in 2003.


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    Nathan Greene
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old African American, Emmett Till, was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped from his bed in the middle of the night by two white men and brutally murdered. His crime: allegedly whistling at a white woman in a convenience store. The killers were eventually acquitted. What followed altered the course of this country’s history—and it was all set in motion by the sheer will, determination, and courage of Mamie Till-Mobley, whose actions galvanized the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on our racial consciousness. Death of Innocence is an essential document in the annals of American civil rights history, and a painful yet beautiful account of a mother’s ability to transform tragedy into boundless courage and hope"
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    #10Chinese Education in Singapore

    Chinese Education in Singapore

    Chinese Education in Singapore: An Untold Story of Conflict and Change is a non-fiction book written by Zhang Zhixiong. It is an informative book about the conflicts and issues of the Chinese community in Singapore.


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    #11Leftover Women

    Leftover Women

    Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China is a nonfiction book by Leta Hong Fincher. It contains an account of the early years of the People's Republic where gender relations were sought to be transformed. It was published in 2014.


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    Liliana Cervantes
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book as a definite eye opener. Although I suspected that China had gender inequality, I didn't know that at one point women were once considered equal to men and were (just about) treated nearly equally. This book does a great job listing various ways in how women in China have had their rights and responsibilities eroded away, leaving them behind their male counterparts in relations again. This is an important read for anyone who wants to see women and men share equal rights in their nation, and what things to look out for to help prevent those rights from being eroded away."


Best What are the best books about social class and inequality
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 48 Paid
2A Tree Grows in BrooklynBooks 43 Paid
3Deer Hunting with JesusBooks 41 Paid
4The HelpBooks 39 Paid
5The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksBooks 37 Paid
612 Years a SlaveBooks 35 Paid
7The STREAM TONEBooks 31 Paid
8TsarinaBooks 30 Paid
9Death of InnocenceBooks 24 Paid
10Chinese Education in SingaporeBooks 20 Paid

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