Books to Understand Today’s America

Read these to understand the unique place—politically, economically, socially—that the United States is in.


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Our country today is, in some ways, more different than it has been for centuries. There seems to be a confluence of issues taking America by storm—an election that didn’t go as many assumed it would, a rise of Alt-Right sentiments, an increase in poverty, the loss of the middle class and a terrible housing crisis. This summer, take a moment to read one of these important books that shed light on one of these issues—including a novel that supposes what will happen if we turn on one another for a second Civil War.

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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.