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I don’t read many books about tough subjects—because they’re, you know, tough—but there’s some that are so well-done you can’t help but find them interesting.
- Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi) – They say the ‘60s ended with the murders of eight people in the Hollywood hills. Reading about Manson, his plot, and his followers was not easy.
- Impossible (Nancy Werlin) – Okay, so the plot is a little far-fetched to be totally realistic, but the struggle Lucy goes through is heartbreaking and amazing.
- Hurt Go Happy (Ginny Rorby) – So. Much. Crying.
- The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove (Susan Gregg Gilmore) – The South. The 1960s. A taboo love. You know the rest.
- Lucy (Laurence Gonzales) – A book about the first human-ape hybrid and how the world responds to her. Again, more tears.
- Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill) – Abuse, murder, general horror and terror. Well-written, but oof.
- Cinderella Ate My Daughter (Peggy Orenstein) – Being a feminist and raising a healthy, happy, non-pinkified daughter is tricky.
- Deerskin (Robin McKinley) – Enormously difficult to read, especially the first half (trigger warning).
- Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks) – Reading about a town that bands together to survive the plague is difficult. Doing it in real life must have been unbelievable.
Tough stuff, but well-done all the way around. What would you add to this list?