NOTE: I have been told by several people that Loving Vs. Virginia is a work of fiction. I have adjusted the blog post as necessary to reflect that.
When you get your hands on a great non-fiction book and fiction book pair, it can make an impact far beyond than just being a satisfying read. This is true of the next two books.
Both happened during my lifetime. One I had heard about, but only in passing; the other I never heard about even though it took place within the last five years.
Both books made an impact on their social culture. One became a law; the other created awareness. One challenged society behind a curtain; the other challenged society with the shutters open wide.
Both books allow the reader to see what happens when the status quo is challenged. One book showed the horrors of segregation and violence found in our history books that our grandparents or even our parents knew/experienced first hand. The other shows that this is still happening today and something teenagers could experience first hand during their lifetimes.
Both books also show strength in individuals. One woman refused to live apart from her husband and was sparked to make a difference, never knowing what path that would lead her down and the strength she would need through herself and others to impact our nation. One young man showed strength through hours of physical and emotional pain to find the power to forgive and understand the power they created through social media and broadcasts.
Both are books that should be read or listened to. Written in narrative non fiction format and novel in verse fiction format, they are compelling, each in their own way, but both books are alike in that they show how endurance through a time a change and acceptance can be powerful.