Recommend a book for the Social Justice Book Club!

In conjunction with Independence Rock Group: Center for Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice, I am looking to start up a social justice book club. We hope to have both online and in-person groups. More details to come.

First, I need your help! Do you have a book that you think would be a good selection for a social justice book club?

It can be fiction or non-fiction.

It can be a classic or a new book.

We are interested in helping new and independent authors, so feel free to recommend your own book or the book of a friend.

Share any and all ideas below in the comments. We are looking to do this monthly, so we are looking to build a long list.


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  • Cristina Rodriguez Cordero

    “The Secret History of the American Empire: The Truth About Economic Hit Men, Jackals, and How to Change the World” by John Perkins (2008)

    • Chris Henrichsen

      Thanks, Cristina. I will check that one out.

  • James

    I am on my second reading of “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. For those who haven’t read it yet, it well worthwhile. It should be a must read in schools and universities. It is a good story wrapped around a profound philosophy. An oldie but a goodie.

    • Lela G

      Atlas Shrugged would be interesting. I’ve read it 4 times.

    • Chris Henrichsen

      Well, Lela….I would let you be in charge of that month’s book club. :)

  • Lela G

    I would recommend Richard Rorty “Achieving Our Country” or “Philosophy and Social Hope”.

    • Chris Henrichsen

      I have both of those! “Achieving” would be the better book club book of the two…though I have used “Philosophy and Social Hope” more.

  • Carla

    Thomas Merton, “Raids on the Unspeakable” or James W. Douglass “Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth”

    • Chris Henrichsen

      Thanks, Carla. I will definitely look into those.

  • sisterarnell

    Half the Sky by Kristoff and WuDunn.

    • Chris Henrichsen

      sisterarnell, thanks. That one had actually come to my mind and I was hoping somebody else would mention it as well.

  • Margy

    This is a totally random recommendation, but I just re-read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (first time since the 6th grade in 1975). I think it would be interesting to read it through the lenses of various social justice frameworks.

    • Chris Henrichsen

      Margy, that is a intriguing idea. I did play Ponyboy in my 8th grade drama class….:)

  • ruthiechan

    “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Friere.

    • Chris Henrichsen

      Oh, yes. I have been wanting to re-visit Friere. Thanks.

  • Lindsay Butler

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee; “The Kite Runner” by Khalid Hosseini; “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank; “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou; “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot; “Night” by Elie Wiesel; “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristof… and there’s so many out there. Those are the ones off the top of my head ;)

  • Jones

    I enjoyed Sandel’s book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?

    • Chris Henrichsen

      I very much enjoyed Sandel’s “Justice.” My favorite book of his by far. I am thinking of doing a blog seminar on that book in the Fall. Thanks for the comment.

  • kevin nenson

    john rawls’ justice as fairness or ronald dworkin’s sovereign virtue both provide compelling accounts of the demands of justice and provide arguments too

  • Virginia Green