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Themed Booklists

Social Sciences

A YALSA committee of librarians selected these books to open doors on new worlds, exciting ideas, eccentric personalities, unfamiliar cultures, and distant time periods. Use it to broaden students’ horizons as they prepare for college entrance exams and courses.

naked economics

Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Charles Wheelan
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2002
The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir
Published:
2005

The Devil’s Highway

Luis Alberto Urrea
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Mystery / Crime, Nonfiction
Published:
2004
Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill

Jessica Stern
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2003
From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man

From Clueless to Class Act: Manners for the Modern Man

Jodi Smith
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2006
Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction

David Sheff
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2008
Typographic cover

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time

Elizabeth Rogers, Thomas Kostigen
Age Level:
Adult, YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2007
The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community

The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community

Mary Pipher
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2002
Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes

Jodi Picoult
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2007
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Peter Menzel, Faith D'Alusio, Marion Nestle
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2005
Small white dog looking at viewer

A Rare Breed of Love

Jana Kohl
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008

Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball

Melvin Juette, Ronald Berger
Age Level:
YA
The Elements of Library Research

The Elements of Library Research

Mary W. George
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008
My Start-Up Life

My Start-Up Life

Ben Casnocha
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2007

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Richard Nelson Bolles
Age Level:
YA

Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom
Age Level:
YA
Tweak

Tweak

Nic Sheff
Age Level:
YA
Sold

Sold

Patricia McCormick
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2008
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ismael Beah
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Nonfiction
Published:
2007