Read These Books Before the November Election

21 books that cover the major issues facing our nation, from climate change to #BlackLivesMatter.

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With the upcoming election looking to be one of the most contentious in our nation’s history, there is a dizzying array of factors to take into account before voting, not least of which are the polarizing candidates. If you feel like you’re not up on the relevant issues and are watching the weeks countdown until Election Day, check out this list: We’ve compiled fiction and nonfiction that address the major issues, from talking points at debates to the conversations spurred by the candidates themselves based on their behavior in the media. From memoirs to novels, these books will hopefully translate macro topics into micro and offer more relatable stories that are more easily understood.

Which books help you understand political and personal issues?

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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.

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