Top Five Wednesday: Future Classics of Social Justice



Ok, I tweaked the topic a little. But it’s what’s coming to mind today, so I just added the subtitle. Everyone else will have Harry Potter. This list is different.

My Choices


No question about it. This one is, will be and will remain, a classic. After students read Uncle Tom’s Cabin they will read the Underground Railroad. My review.

Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead


Students of late Colonialism and African Independence will read this for generations. I hope students in seminaries and Bible Colleges aiming for Missionary work will, too, if only to remember how badly done it used to be.

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.


The nonfiction book I reviewed yesterday, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea, is another war book, like Zlata’s Diary , that hopefully will help the world learn about war and refugees and make us stop manufacturing both. There are many others in this genre that should be read along with The Diary of Young Girl by Anne Frank to emphasize humanity against in humanity.  You can read yesterday’s review here.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming


T.C. Boyle’s book shows the staggering wealth of America against the equally staggering despair of so many illegal immigrants to the USA. It’s the Grapes of Wrath for today. Like Grapes of Wrath, it will be read for generations.

The Tortilla Curtain: A Novel by T.C. Boyle.

henrietta lacks

Let’s hope people in medical ethics, sociology and women’s studies, will all read this one attentively. I could have included several others here–Five Days at Memorial, for example. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


On Future Classics in General

In 2012, The Smithsonian published predictions of future classics from 1936. The list was about 50% right. Read it all here.


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