The Inner Work of Racial Justice
Rhonda V. Magee
Authored by a law professor and mindfulness expert, The Inner Work of Racial Justice focuses on the importance of self-care and internal reflection when it comes to combating the effects of oppression. There are many systems at play that keep racism alive and well in our world today; Magee offers wisdom on how to stay grounded and centered while continuing the essential, and seemingly endless, fight for racial justice and equality.
The Omega Principle
Who knew omega-3 fatty acids could be so fascinating? Journalist Paul Greenberg did, and now he’s sharing his knowledge with the rest of us. The Omega Principle is a myth-busting tome that pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar omega-3 supplement industry, revealing the harm our human obsession with the nutrient is doing to our oceans and the creatures that live in them. We promise, the history of omega-3 is far more interesting than you could possibly imagine!
If you’re looking to make a major lifestyle change, your habits are the key. Whether you’re trying to form one, like finally starting to write (and stick with) those daily to-do lists you’ve heard so much about, or break one, like quitting smoking cigarettes once and for all, Atomic Habits can help. James Clear breaks down the concept of habit-forming into bite-sized principles that will increase your chances of success. Plus, he peppers them with motivational stories to keep you on track.
You Can't Touch My Hair
Microaggressions are a very real part of oppression that marginalized group deal with on a daily basis. Bringing awareness to this phenomenon by openly discussing the effects is the only way it’s going to get better, plus it can be cathartic for those who experience it first-hand. In You Can’t Touch My Hair, comedian Phoebe Robinson unpacks the reality of living as a black woman in 21st century America in a series of witty, poignant autobiographical essays.
We already know that our world is in deep trouble due to a constantly warming planet if we don’t make some serious changes soon. Christopher Ketcham’s new book looks at climate change through a narrower lens, focusing specifically on the public lands of the American West from Utah to California. Discover how corrupt government policies and big business conspire to harm Western lands and wildlife, along with the author’s ideas for how we can undo the damage.
How to Give Up Plastic
Plastic is terrible for the environment, but the idea of giving it up can be overwhelming. Have you been inside a grocery store or coffee shop lately? “Wrapped in plastic” isn’t just a famous quote from Twin Peaks—it’s how everything is packaged these days. Anti-plastic crusader Will McCallum gives you an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to banishing plastic from every corner of your life, including your kitchen, bathroom, and community at large. There is even a guide that teaches you how to spearhead a plastic clean-up at a local park or beach.
This title is for anyone who is sick of the digital detritus that clutters most of our lives. The author’s previous book, Deep Work, profoundly changed this article writer’s own approach to productivity, especially when it comes to her ever regenerating inbox. Digital Minimalism takes a more focused view toward decreasing our daily dependence on technology. Maybe you’ll even regain the ability to get through an entire longform article without once checking your text messages.
To Be a Runner
Whether you’re already a runner ready to take your practice to the next level or are trying to convince yourself to finally lace up those sneakers and train for a marathon, this book may be the final push you need. It does indeed offer advice for how to kick-start your running habit, as well as stories from the author’s own experience as a daily runner. Can running really make you a better person? Maybe it’s time to find out.
A lot of self-help style books cater to extroverted personality types, centering around outspoken networking and being a team-player. But you don’t need to be chatty to make a difference in your chosen career or community. Susan Cain’s bestselling book about introverts makes a case for more, well, quiet. She proves that you don’t need to be the most talkative one in the room to find success, and highlights introverts in a variety of fields.
Knowledge is key and reading is one of the best ways to learn. Books, fiction or nonfiction, can expand the mind and open our eyes to countless possibilities. Maybe not every book has a change-the-world kind of message—reading purely for pleasure is still reading! But there are definitely titles out there than can make a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s by teaching you important lessons about the world outside your own experience or encouraging you to take action for a cause (or your personal improvement). Here are nine books to make your community a better place and make a difference.
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