Good Minds Suggest: Kate Moore's Favorite Books About Fighting for Justice

Posted by Goodreads on April 24, 2017

Throughout World War I and the Roaring Twenties, American women went to work in factories, painting watches and military dials with luminous radium paint—a substance they were told was safe. When the women became sick and started dying, poisoned by the radium, their employers denied all responsibility. Yet these women refused to accept their fate quietly and instead fought for justice, determined to hold the companies accountable and protect future workers. Part courtroom drama, part medical mystery, and part horror story because of the symptoms they suffered, The Radium Girls is an example of women standing up for their rights.

Author Kate Moore, who brings this chapter of U.S. history to life, shared with us her favorite books about fighting for justice. Here are her picks:

Shamed by Sarbjit Kaur Athwal
"In 1998, Sarbjit's sister-in-law disappeared from her London home; Sarbjit suspected she was the victim of an honor killing organized by her mother-in-law. Yet to speak out would mean putting her own life on the line. This is her insightful and courageous memoir of speaking out against injustice—when all around her tried to enforce her silence."

Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
"This novel explores the ramifications when one devastated mother takes her fight for justice into her own hands. Classic Picoult territory, filled with shades of gray and written with her inimitable skill and sensitivity."

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis
"Defense attorney Fabiana Cunningham takes on the case of Judas Iscariot to appeal his sentence of eternal damnation. But why is she fighting for justice, and what does justice mean anyway? The play explores whether it is the court's to deliver—or whether we might in fact be our own judges, juries, and (in some cases) executioners."

Stolen Innocence: A Mother's Fight for Justice by John Batt
"Some of the most powerful and moving books about justice describe battles to clear a person's name. This book is written by a solicitor who assisted Sally Clark, a mother who was wrongfully convicted of killing two of her babies and sentenced to life imprisonment. It reads like a thriller; if it was fiction, one might think it too unbelievable. Sadly, every devastating twist and turn of the narrative is true."

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
"This autobiography of a legendary hero never fails to inspire and resonate. Imprisoned for 27 years for opposing the pro-apartheid government of South Africa, Mandela was a man who embodied the fight for justice. He faced that battle with an open heart and mind, never tarnished by bitterness."

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Julie My all time favorite is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. It's such an important book. It should be required reading.

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