• The cover of the book American Prison

    American Prison

    Investigative journalist Shane Bauer spent four months working as a guard at private prison in Louisiana, which provide him with a narrative around which to tell the history of for-profit prisons in the US, all the way back to the Civil War. American Prison shows how corrupt, abusive, and criminal the prison industrial complex has always been, and how it is one of the most urgent human rights issues of our present moment.

     
  • The cover of the book The Stonewall Reader

    The Stonewall Reader

    Transgender activist Leslie Feinberg’s seminal work Transgender Warriors set the standard for nonfiction on transgender terminology. Moving through history to showcase memorable and important transgender figures Feinberg’s 1996 book introduced the mainstream world to a (still) overlooked and dismissed community.The Stonewall uprising—during which police raided the gay-friendly establishment the Stonewall Inn, and riots ensued, sparking the LBGTQ rights movement—is a pivotal moment in 20th-century American history, and The Stonewall Reader, curated by the New York Public Library, is an excellent primer and celebration of the brave souls who fought and changed everything.

     
  • The cover of the book Transgender Warriors

    Transgender Warriors

    Transgender activist Leslie Feinberg’s seminal work Transgender Warriors set the standard for nonfiction on transgender terminology. Moving through history to showcase memorable and important transgender figures Feinberg’s 1996 book introduced the mainstream world to a (still) overlooked and dismissed community.

     
  • The cover of the book The Muslims Are Coming

    The Muslims Are Coming

    In the name of the “War on Terror,” the US and the UK have secretly kept tabs on thousands and thousands of “domestic terrorists,” Muslim citizens who are believed to be al-Qaeda “sympathizers.” Arun Kundani’s impeccably researched The Muslims Are Coming shines a terrifying light on the government’s selective and repressive reach.

     
  • The cover of the book Women, Race, & Class

    Women, Race, & Class

    Angela Y. Davis’s hugely influential 1983 book Women, Race, & Class told the history of the women’s liberation movement in the US, but with an emphasis on the racial and classist elements that hindered its progression. A world-renowned activist and writer, Davis’s monumental study is still relevant and insightful almost four decades after its initial publication.

     
  • The cover of the book Savage Inequalities

    Savage Inequalities

    Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol’s devastating critique of America’s public school system, was the result of two years of investigating. His earth-shattering expose demonstrated unequivocally the enormous inequities between the wealthy and the poor schools. A tragic and vital document, Kozol’s book shocked America with its unprecedented look at how race and class determine our children’s educations and, subsequently, their futures.

     
  • The cover of the book The Fire Next Time

    The Fire Next Time

    One of the most important works of criticism in the 20th century, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time contains two essays: one on race in American history; the other on race and religion. Baldwin’s inimitable writing and his scathing intelligence made this 1963 book a landmark in American literature in particular and literature in general.