This page is a collection of books that helped in research for these stories or books that may not have contributed directly to research but have themes that support some of the thoughts and issues found within this site.  If possible I’ve provided a link to or somewhere where you can purchase the book.  I get no income if you buy the book after clicking on this site, but wanted to make it as easy as possible to buy the book if you want to.

The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margret Attwood:  This book crystallized the concept of what I wanted LIFE DURING WARTIME to be.  Before I started reading this book I had a general idea that I decided against, but in the midst of reading this book I understood what I wanted to accomplish with LDW.  From is a description:  Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.  This book is a chilling look at a future that I hope we never come close to.  It will reach in and grab you by the heart and squeeze until you feel like there’s nothing left.

The Hate You Give Us by Angie Thomas:   I just finished this book and all I can say is WOW!  This is what considered a Young Adult novel, but like the Harry Potter books and pretty much anything by Andrew Smith you can enjoy this book as an adult as much as any youth can.  Again from here is a description:  Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Remember the tv shows that would claim to be ripped from the headlines, well this book certainly fits that category.  If you want to understand what Black Lives Means even just a little bit, read this book.

Perilous Times – An Inside Look at Abortion Before and After Roe vs Wade by Fran Moreland Johns:  As a man I’ll never have to decide to have an Abortion or not, but I can’t imagine what a woman must go through that makes this decision.  Contrary to popular belief I don’t believe that women treat this as cavalier as some people would like everyone to believe.  From  Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion Before-and After-Roe v. Wade gives a unique perspective on the days of back-alley abortions– one of which the author experienced in 1956 following what would today be known as workplace rape– and includes contemporary stories that indicate those grim days are returning. It is written for lay readers, making a strong case for reproductive choice and a plea for informed dialog. Author Fran Moreland Johns’ comments on abortion rights have appeared recently in The New York Times and New Yorker magazine. Perilous Times expands on the issue through true stories of women and men whose lives have been impacted by unplanned pregnancies, and comments from leaders in the field of reproductive rights.  Anyone that can read this book without feeling the anger, the hurt, the shame that these women were made to experience…I just couldn’t.  This is one of those books that I had to put down after reading for awhile and come back to later.   It’s a hard read, but one that anyone that opposes Abortion should read and maybe it would give them a little better understanding of what these women went through.

Saving Alex by Alex Cooper and Joanna Brooks:  From

When Alex Cooper was fifteen years old, life was pretty ordinary in her sleepy suburban town and nice Mormon family. At church and at home, Alex was taught that God had a plan for everyone. But something was gnawing at her that made her feel different. These feelings exploded when she met Yvette, a girl who made Alex feel alive in a new way, and with whom Alex would quickly fall in love.

Alex knew she was holding a secret that could shatter her family, her church community, and her life. Yet when this secret couldn’t be hidden any longer, she told her parents that she was gay, and the nightmare began. She was driven from her home in Southern California to Utah, where, against her will, her parents handed her over to fellow Mormons who promised to save Alex from her homosexuality.

For eight harrowing months, Alex was held captive in an unlicensed “residential treatment program” modeled on the many “therapeutic” boot camps scattered across Utah. Alex was physically and verbally abused, and many days she was forced to stand facing a wall wearing a heavy backpack full of rocks. Her captors used faith to punish and terrorize her. With the help of a dedicated legal team in Salt Lake City, Alex eventually escaped and made legal history in Utah by winning the right to live under the law’s protection as an openly gay teenager.

I was trying to tell my brother about this book one day and realized that I was almost in tears just trying to describe what this girl went through.  I can’t say much more beyond that.

Insane Clown President by Matt Taibi:  Taibi is a writer for Rolling Stone and followed the recent election and wrote about it for the magazine.  From  In twenty-five pieces from Rolling Stone—plus two original essays—Matt Taibbi tells the story of Western civilization’s very own train wreck, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society.  Some of this book reads as slapstick comedy if it wasn’t so sad it would be funny.  A good look at the last election.