13 books on the list
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Against White Feminism
Notes on Disruption
In "Against White Feminism," Rafia Zakaria exposes the long-standing affinity between white feminism and colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals. As an American Muslim woman, Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism, centering women of color in this counter-manifesto to white feminism, and refuting and reimagining its apolitical aspirations. Zakaria covers a range of topics, from the legacy of British feminist imperialist savior complex to the condescension of the white feminist-led "aid industrial complex," ultimately placing black and brown feminist thought at the forefront of her staggering, radical critique.
This is a book you have to read if you haven’t already: – source
Also recommended byLauren Bohn
Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again
Discover the groundbreaking examination on why our ability to pay attention is collapsing and how we can get it back. From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections comes Stolen Focus, an eye-opening journey across the world that reveals the troubling truth about who and what is hijacking our attention, and how we can reclaim it. Explore twelve deep causes of this crisis, including the decline of mind-wandering and rising pollution, all of which have robbed us of our attention. Learn from Silicon Valley dissidents who learned to hack human attention, and veterinarians who diagnose dogs with ADHD. Discover a favela in Rio de Janeiro where everyone lost their attention in a particularly surreal way, and an office in New Zealand that discovered a remarkable technique to restore workers' productivity. Essential reading for anyone who struggles with constant device switching and information overload.
Have a feeling I’m going to be quoting this book to strangers, it couldn’t come at a better time @johannhari101 @BloomsburyBooks – source
Also recommended byChristopher MimsHarini Calamur
Aftershocks is a poetic and genre-bending memoir by Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu. This powerful coming-of-age story grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects of emotional trauma. Nadia's upbringing all over the world is explored and how her mother's rejection when she was just two years old caused her confusion about her identity. This is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the complexities of self-discovery and finding one's place in the world.
I don’t normally do books on Twitter but this is incredibly moving – source
The Good Girls
An Ordinary Killing
The Good Girls is a gripping and thought-provoking exploration of the dark underbelly of a nation through the mysterious deaths of two inseparable teenage girls. Set in a small village in India, the book delves into the investigation that follows their disappearance and the resulting national conversation on sex and violence. The story takes a deep dive into political maneuvering, caste systems, and the cost of shame, making it a must-read for those interested in social issues and human psychology.
I couldn’t recommend this book more: – source
A Road Map for the End of Time
Desert Notebooks delves into the literal and figurative end of time and how our destruction of the environment and unstable global institutions have led to an unprecedented existential crisis. National Magazine Award winner Ben Ehrenreich weaves together memoir, science writing, creation myths, and history to meditate on our relationship with time and landscape in the face of climate change. With elegant style and poignant insights, Ehrenreich argues that reflecting on our past can offer comfort as we confront the possibility of our own demise in the present. A moving and thought-provoking exploration of Deep Time.
@vivekisms I’m ok! Reading Desert Notebooks by Ben Ehrenreich - a book perfectly suited for our odd times – source
Explore urgent themes of racism and cultural unrest in this gripping debut collection of short stories. Ordinary characters are confronted with extraordinary situations, shedding light on the violence and injustice faced by black men and women every day. From an augmented reality game that enables players to hunt terrorists or shoot minority actors to an author who sells his soul to a many-tongued god, these stories will grab, haunt, enrage, and invigorate you. Discover the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.
@NosheenIqbal @NK_Adjei @guardianreview Brilliant piece on a brilliant book & writer – source
Also recommended byAparna NancherlaVinod Khosla
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
This autobiography is a powerful testament to the extraordinary life and message of Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, anti-integrationist, and "most dangerous man in America." Written with veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley, the searing pages take us on a journey from Malcolm X's childhood poverty to his growth as the Nation's foremost spokesman for Islam and the Black Muslim movement. His message of power, pride, and self-determination is as relevant today as it was in the 1960s.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X was a book that changed my life, here's why: – source
Also recommended bySteve AokiCory BookerCasey NeistatSonny Bill WilliamsRyan HolidayBianca BelairStuart McMillan
This award-winning book delves into the issue of state-sanctioned violence in America, examining high-profile deaths such as Sandra Bland and Michael Brown, as well as cases of government negligence like the Flint water crisis. Through his analysis, author Marc Lamont Hill uncovers patterns and policies that leave some citizens disempowered and vulnerable. He explores the effects of capitalism, mass incarceration, and political power, ultimately urging readers to consider a world where everyone has a chance to become somebody. A thought-provoking and timely read, this book lifts unheard voices and asks the crucial question - how did we get here?
Filmed something exciting with the very inspiring @marclamonthill for @AlJazeera today. If you haven’t read his book ‘Nobody’ then you urgently must – source
The Way to the Spring
Life and Death in Palestine
Discover the everyday struggles of Palestinian life in a brave and necessary work by award-winning journalist Ben Ehrenreich. For the past three years, Ehrenreich has lived with Palestinian families in the West Bank, writing major stories for American outlets, including a remarkable cover story for the New York Times Magazine. In The Way to the Spring, Ehrenreich shares the stories of ordinary Palestinians and their unique living conditions, as they are ruled by the Israeli military and face constant harassment from Israeli settlers. With empathy and literary grace, Ehrenreich makes it impossible to turn away from this powerful work.
A book of staggering beauty and sorrow – source
Small Acts of Freedom is the inspiring story of three generations of strong, passionate women and their trials and triumphs. Spanning seventy years from 1947 to 2017, the book covers themes of courage, resilience, strength, and love. Written by Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of a Kargil martyr who gained social media attention after joining a peaceful campaign, this debut narrative crisscrosses elegantly between past and present. It explores the power of family and the little acts that beget big revolutions.
Wrote about @mehartweets’s brave book, Small Acts of Freedom, for the @BazaarIndia literature issue this May. It’s a valuable book for these troubled times – source
Portrait of the Alcoholic by Kaveh Akbar
Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari