Voting—it’s a privilege and a right and has never been more important, even in the midterms, so we’ve put together a list of books to help inspire your sense of civic duty.
From a look at one of the most notorious figures of American history to a humorous look at life on the campaign trail, when you’re finished reading about all of the candidates in your riding, take a look at these six fiction and nonfiction titles that will keep you entertained, informed and ready to head to the polls.
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza
Art imitates life in this story about a Silicon Valley executive, despondent over a recent presidential election that divides the country, returns to her struggling rust-belt hometown in Pennsylvania to run for office. During her campaign she must navigate not only the murky waters of political ambition but the ever-weakening state of her marriage and personal life, as well.
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Through tales of his own difficult upbringing and his subsequent distance to his Appalachian childhood, Vance turns the spotlight on the changes an often overlooked but historically relevant culture faces in the modern age. An effective way of looking at the barriers to upward mobility and the value we place on working-class communities.
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jenkins
Jenkins’ fearless, fierce look at political, social and pop culture through the lens of being black, female and feminist in (white) America is a must-read. Navigating a world where intersectionality, safety and equality are yet unrealized goals, Jenkins’ voice is a crucial one to consider in the voting booth and beyond.
Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams and David Fisher
Chronicling the waning days of Lincoln’s pre-presidential career as a defense lawyer and the case that may have helped change the course of history, this is a tale of crime and intrigue, politics and loyalty with one of America’s most important and influential figures at the center of it all.
Campaign Widows by Aimee Agresti
For the women behind the men employed on a fictitious version of the 2016 presidential election, life is a series of revolving doors as the campaign trail beckons their men out of the house and the road. As circumstance draws these women together, they find more than just common ground—and we see what friendship means in a politically charged life.
Election by Tom Perrotta
In this classic satirical novel, high school politics are a high-stakes game and Tracy Flick, who is running for class president, is used to winning. The only things standing in her way are Mr. M, the faculty advisor and Paul Warren, the football star Mr. M is grooming to run against—and beat—Tracy Flick. But she’ll see about that.
Are you prepared for the midterm elections? Are you prepared to read a great book? Let us know what you think!