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Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Jacobin)
Discover the incredible transformation of urban life and politics with this powerful book. Real estate is now a $217 trillion dollar industry, worth more than all the gold ever mined. Samuel Stein exposes the state-led process of urban planning, unveiling the role of planners in the real estate state. Explore the ways in which planning agencies are used by capital, and how urban renovations translate into rising real estate values and rents. A remarkable exploration into the power of planning to reclaim urban life.
@brendengallager great book! – source
Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube
Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North
"Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube" is a gripping memoir about a young woman's journey to become a "tough girl" in the unforgiving North. The author shares her experiences of driving sled dogs in Norway and working as a tour guide in Alaska, facing physical exhaustion and navigating complex demands as a young woman in a man's land. This honest portrayal of self-discovery in the midst of a ruthless arctic landscape is as beautiful as it is inspiring.
@oliviakatbi @BlairBraverman I really enjoyed the book - hope you do too – source
The Grapes of Wrath
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a powerful and intimate portrayal of the Great Depression era, following one Oklahoma family's journey west in search of a better life. The struggles of the Joads are a raw and emotional portrayal of the division between the haves and have-nots in America, and the fight for equality and justice. An American classic that captures the human dignity and stoical strength of one woman, and the fierce reaction of one man to injustice. This edition includes an introduction and notes by a Steinbeck scholar.
@dryadboy one of my very favorite books! – source
Also recommended byNelson MandelaElizabeth TsurkovKelly CarlinHarry Khachatrian
Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It
"Pressure Cooker" by Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott explores the complex issues surrounding food and family in America. Despite calls for families to cook from scratch, this book reveals the harsh realities of modern kitchens, including inequality, picky eaters, and conflicting nutrition advice. Based on extensive interviews with American families, "Pressure Cooker" challenges popular foodie mantras and exposes deep-seated inequalities in the food system that go far beyond the dinner table. It's a riveting and beautifully-written book that offers a fresh perspective on the future of food in America.
@sarahkbowen1 the book is a great one - I recommend it often! – source
We've Got People
From Jesse Jackson to AOC, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement
"We've Got People" explores the 30-year movement that propelled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to become a global political figure. Beginning with the Rev. Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign, the book sheds light on the factors that led to AOC's rise to power and offers new insight into where we're headed as a nation.
In light of @ryangrim's reporting exposing the Alex Morse allegations as a political hit hatched by a self-proclaimed "Richard Neal stan," I recommend Grim's book We've Got People - readable, sharp analysis/recent history of the progressive insurgency within the Democratic Party – source
Also recommended byChris Hayes
How to Survive a Plague
The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS
Learn about the gripping history of the fight against the AIDS epidemic in this must-read book. Follow the inspiring grassroots movement of activists, who seized upon scientific research to develop lifesaving drugs that transformed HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Experience the trials and triumphs of these heroes who fought for their right to live, despite facing shame, hatred, and ignorance from society. With unparalleled access to this community, this powerful and heart-wrenching insider's account is destined to become an essential part of the literature of AIDS.
I finished this book last week and it was absolutely superb. I’d highly recommend it to any organizer! Even if you’ve already seen the companion doc (which is also great!) this adds a lot. I have great taste and you should take this rec very seriously📖🎉🌹✊️ – source
Also recommended byAnderson Cooper
Poor People's Movements
Why They Succeed, How They Fail
Explore the successes and failures of political engagement versus mass defiance with Poor People's Movements. This thought-provoking study examines four 20th century protest movements by lower-class groups in America, including the Great Depression's unemployed workers, the formation of the CIO through industrial strikes, the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and the National Welfare Rights Organization led by welfare recipients. Discover how these movements influenced American history and social justice.
Frances Fox Piven's book Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail taught me so much about transformative political moments, and this was a really great and thoughtful interview – source
Also recommended byAngus Johnston
Work Won't Love You Back
How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone
Unmask the myth of "doing what you love" in Work Won't Love You Back, an insightful book by Sarah Jaffe that examines how this mentality leads to exploitation and work taking over our lives. Through personal stories, Jaffe reveals how this new tyranny of work affects various industries, from unpaid interns to overworked nurses. By understanding the trap of the "labor of love" myth, readers can empower themselves to demand better treatment and find true joy and satisfaction in their work.
Also recommended byJenna Wortham