Dictionary of the Undoing
By John Freeman
In his new book, John Freeman sets out to investigate the power of words and their seeming failures in the wake of 2016. From “body,” to “police,” to “you,” he reimagines the meaning of words in our very cultural context. Anybody caught up in the confusion of how to use language effectively in our time will be deeply engaged with Freeman’s new work.
The Education of an Idealist
By Samantha Power
Now a Professor of Public Policy and Global Leadership at Harvard, Samantha Power’s memoir chronicles her journey from young Irish immigrant to a high ranking official in President Obama’s cabinet. Power eloquently recounts her experience as a war correspondent, cultural critic, activist, and mother, and details how these experiences shaped her ideals as a public figure, and the trials she faced in their pursuit. A great primary source for those who get excited about the lives of those who lead the nation.2 .
Erosion: Essays of Undoing
By Terry Tempest Williams
A brutal, moving, but not hopeless call to action from our favorite naturalist. This collection features new work, previously published pieces, and even a little poetry. If your copy of Thoreau’s Walden is tattered or you think Annie Dillard is a genius, you’ll love Terry Tempest Williams.
The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!
By Gloria Steinem
In this gift book with serious bite, feminist icon Steinem delivers, predictably, a razor-sharp book of quotes and brief bursts of essayistic writing. A genre that occasionally turns to fluff—inspiration! encouragement!—becomes, in her hands, something far richer, something more dangerous: a call to action on each and every page. A gift for somebody who wants to be delighted…and challenged.4 .
Whose Story Is This?
By Rebecca Solnit
Solnit has done it again! Fierce, politically astute, biting, and timely—this well researched and informative collection of essays doesn’t flinch. For those closely following the news as well as those who want to be more informed. If you’ve loved what Solnit has done so far, you’ll love this too.
The Witches Are Coming
By Lindy West
Lindy West, author of the bestselling Shrill, turns her attention to #Metoo in this scathing, hilarious collection of essays. Some people criticize #Metoo as a witch hunt. West’s answer? Hell yes—the witches are coming. West is one of the best writers on contemporary culture, and this book is essential for anyone, young or old, trying to make sense of our present moment.6 .
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