Chances are the record rains have brought one side benefit. More time to read. And, with the election of Donald Trump, many of you are exploring books on activism, feminism, inequality, civil rights, and more. Our book buyer, Sheryl Coulter, recently identified her picks for those who want to educate themselves in the wake of the historic Women's March on January 21. Of course, we encourage you to browse our bookshelves and choose for yourself. But here is are some recommendations that won't disappoint.
A Is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara: “Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street
Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism by Camille Paglia; She's not for everyone but the fiery author of Sexual Personae never fails to provoke discussion. This brilliant essay collection explores and challenges modern feminism--from motherhood to Madonna, stilettos to Steinem.
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis: If you want to understand the women's liberation movement in the US, starting from abolitionist days to the present, check out this title from a legendary political activist.
Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurzel: If ever there was a time take pride in bitchiness, it's now. In five highly readable essays, the author explores the lives of Amy Fisher, Hillary Clinton, Margaux Hemingway, and Nicole Brown Simpson.
Speaking Truth to Power by Anita Hill: You can't fully understand Hill's testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings and her commitment to truth, without reading this extraordinarily detailed narrative.
If you're looking to read up on the history of activism in the US, check out our titles at any of our eight stores in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties. If you don't find what you're looking for, we can order it for you. It's easier than you might think.