26 July 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Tackle Tough Issues

Tough issues are best tackled through literature. I might be a dad biased when I say this, but don't we try and convey these issues to our children through stories and books? Of course we do.

You are NOT going to see the typical books on my list. Nor is my list very log, so this will be... well, top five.

1. Long Day's Journey into Night - A play about a family, with nearly ever member tackling a personal demon. This is a very dark play that tackles a variety of issues in a very unique way.

2. 1984 - Politically, this book talks a lot of tough issues. While we may be able to look at our own lives to find small similarities, it's almost a 'this is what could happen' novel.

3. The Scarlet Letter - Dealing with adultery and forgiveness, especially in this time period and setting,was very risky. Not only that, but Hawthorne did a hell of a better job than any 21st century author.

4. The Sunflower - Forgiveness between a prisoner in a WWII Nazi Death Camp and a Nazi guard. A touchy subject, really perceptible to the reader.

5. Inherit the Wind - The 'trial' of the century takes place and is catalogues in the wonderfully written play. The issue? Teaching evolution in schools.

Like I said, I didn't put the typical selections on my list, for a good reason. I don't believe in them as much as most people do, if at all, and I usually like books a little off the beaten path.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this week, even though it was quite late.

Comment away!


  1. Interesting picks! I'm also a fan of books "off the beaten path." I'd seen the title "Inherit the Wind" before, but I didn't know what it was about. I just might have to find a copy of this.

  2. "Inherit the Wind" is so worth a read, :)

  3. I should try Scarlet Letter.

    My Top Ten


  4. Definitely like your list. I'm a fellow off-the-beaten-path reader as well. Lovely to see books on your list with which I am not familiar.

    Here's my Top Ten Books Tackling Tough Issues. And don't forget to enter my July giveaway!

  5. You listed some very tough reads. A few of those are on my tbr list...

    Here is my Top Ten post!


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