A Promised Land
“No one really needs my blurb to help sell this book, but I wanted to give it anyway, especially for the audiobook, narrated by Barack Obama himself. If you want to know his incredible knowledge and wisdom that guided him through major decisions, and also hear him drop a few F-bombs, you need to listen to this fantastically written book. ”Amber, Quail Ridge Books
How to Be an Antiracist
“Among the multi-faceted array of antiracist literature newly published in the last two years, Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be an Antiracist stands alone as a definitive source of history and socio-political critique, while offering a new paradigm of thought aimed at paving the way for correcting centuries of social injustice. Hearing this visionary and transformative work in Kendi’s own voice will no doubt bring it all straight into your heart, humanizing his ideas, and firmly setting you on your own path to doing the work of becoming an antiracist.”Noelle, Oblong Books
40 Songs, One Story
“Perhaps this was a case of the right book at the right time, but few memoirs have moved me the way Bono's did. Told mostly chronologically, though 40 of U2's songs, Bono reflects on his life, his activism, his music, and his faith in ways that I absolutely connected to. It was a complete listening experience - with music and sound effects! - and I found myself completely engrossed as I listened to Bono tell me the tale of his life. (Reading it in print is just as engrossing, too!). This will absolutely be one of my favorite memoirs of the past few years.”Melissa, Watermark Books
How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives
“We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in our world even in 2023. Exposés like this force us to see and understand how our choices can affect people on the other side of the earth from us. Changes need to be made starting at the major corporations and then trickle down to the individual. Once we know what is happening we cannot un-know it.”Ellen, Banter Bookshop
We Don't Know Ourselves
A Personal History of Modern Ireland
In We Don't Know Ourselves, Fintan O'Toole weaves his own experiences into Irish social, cultural, and economic change, showing how Ireland, in just one lifetime, has gone from a reactionary "backwater" to an almost totally open society—perhaps the most astonishing national transformation in modern history.
Born to a working-class family in the... Read more »
Emergent Strategy: Book #0
In the tradition of Octavia Butler, here is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help to shape the futures we want. Change is constant. The world, our bodies, and our minds are in a constant state of flux. They are a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, Emergent Strategy teaches us...Read more »
Just Mercy (Movie Tie-In Edition)
A Story of Justice and Redemption
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
“[Bryan Stevenson’s] dedication to fighting for justice... Read more »
Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
“Hood Feminism touches on many subjects that mainstream feminists may not think of as feminist issues. Issues like food and housing insecurity, parenting, and disability rights, among others. Mikki Kendall calls out mainstream feminism as existing only for the advancement of white women, to the detriment of women of color. Some of my biggest takeaways were that white women are reliant on upholding the patriarchy for their protection—although this is counterintuitive—and that the "strong," "powerful" Black woman is a harmful stereotype that denies such women the care and rest that they deserve. White liberal allies, beware of performative activism. Take notes while you listen to this book, step up to become angry accomplice intersectional feminists, and step aside to allow the voices of marginalized women to be heard.”Mary, Raven Book Store
The End of Policing
Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in... Read more »
How to Hide an Empire
A History of the Greater United States
“A hilarious sparkler of historical quirks burns down to a dangerous fuse of tampering, territory, and transnational economics in this history of the USA not as the nation you just pictured, but as the complete global network of Americans, many without the rights the Lower 48 believe in, most segregated into cells of power that occasionally overheat. Explosive. Narrator Luis Moreno delivers both bitter reality and hilarious asides with a tone of candor and clarity: A+”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop
The Splendid and the Vile
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
“Larson does a splendid job again of creating the personal story out of a larger historical event. Here he concentrates on the Churchills and the two years of the London blitz. By using diaries and letters, he tells of the immense loss of life and property. He also gives voice to the great spirit of the people who endured this. We are transported to 10 Downing Street and the official weekend home of the prime minister where meetings, meals, parties, and intrigue abound.”Valerie, Blue Willow Bookshop
So You Want to Talk about Race
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk about Race,...Read more »
Debt - Updated and Expanded
The First 5,000 Years
Now in audio, the updated and expanded edition : David Graeber’s “fresh . . . fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . and exceedingly timely” (Financial Times) history of debt Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years,... Read more »
Essays and Speeches
Crossing Press Feminist: Book #1
Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action... Read more »
The Will to Change
Men, Masculinity, and Love
Everyone needs to love and be loved—even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.
In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men how to express the emotions that are a fundamental... Read more »
At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An insider account of activists, politicians, educators, and everyday citizens working to change minds, bridge divisions, and fight for democracy—from disinformation fighters to a leader of Black Lives Matter to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more—by the best-selling author of Winners Take All and... Read more »
Is There No Alternative?
“A founding text of the modern online left. Written in 2009 by the late Mark Fisher in response to the Global Financial Crisis, it diagnoses the state and workings of capitalism in the post USSR world. An essential read to understand the current American political climate/situation.”Andrew, Brilliant Books Audio
The Fight of His Life
Inside Joe Biden's White House
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers comes a revelatory, news-making look at how President Joe Biden and his seasoned team have battled to achieve their agenda—based on the author’s extraordinary access to the White House during two years of crises at home and abroad.
In January of 2021, the Biden administration inherited... Read more »
Pirate Enlightenment, or the Real Libertalia
The final posthumous work by the coauthor of the major New York Times bestseller The Dawn of Everything.
Pirates have long lived in the realm of romance and fantasy, symbolizing risk, lawlessness, and radical visions of freedom. But at the root of this mythology is a rich history of pirate societies—vibrant, imaginative experiments in...
Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past
America’s top historians set the record straight on the most pernicious myths about our nation’s past
The United States is in the grip of a crisis of bad history. Distortions of the past promoted in the conservative media have led large numbers of Americans to believe in fictions over facts, making constructive dialogue impossible... Read more »
Belly of the Beast
The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness
**The 2022 Lammy Award Winner in Transgender Nonfiction**
Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing.
To live in a body both fat and Black is to exist at the margins of a society that creates the conditions for anti-fatness as anti-Blackness. Hyper-policed by state and society, passed over for... Read more »
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
Thomas Jefferson once asserted that "for depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity, no man in Congress exceeded, if any equaled, Sam Adams." John Adams called him "the most elegant writer, the most sagacious politician, and celebrated patriot perhaps of all." But in spite of his celebrated status among America's founding fathers as a revolutionary... Read more »
The 48 Laws of Power
Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this multi-million-copy New York Times bestseller is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control—from the author of The Laws of Human Nature.
In the book that People magazine proclaimed "beguiling" and "fascinating," Robert Greene and Joost... Read more »
The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, an “illuminating” (New York Times Book Review) history of white male identity.
What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color,... Read more »
And There Was Light
Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Jon Meacham chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.
“In his captivating new book, Jon Meacham has given us the Lincoln for our time.”—Henry Louis... Read more »
Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy
A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.
In this searing memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin tells the story of the forty-five days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life—and his family’s—as he confronted the painful loss of his son to suicide, lived through the violent insurrection in our nation’s Capitol, and led the impeachment effort to...Read more »
The Sum of Us
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.
WINNER OF THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD • ONE... Read more »
Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy
Introduction read by the author.
An eye-opening new history of American political conflict, from Alexander Hamilton to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
These days it seems that nobody is satisfied with American democracy. Critics across the ideological spectrum warn that the country is heading toward catastrophe but also complain that nothing seems to...
A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD
“A truly special book. This combination of honesty, thoughtfulness, urgency, and vulnerability is not common in leaders, and Jason demonstrates boundless occupancy of all of these traits.” – Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore
From political wunderkind and former army intelligence officer Jason Kander comes a...Read more »
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the U.S. settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history.
Roxanne... Read more »
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth. North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or... Read more »
The Radium Girls
The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous—the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls.
As the... Read more »
People vs. Donald Trump
An Inside Account
People vs. Donald Trump is a fascinating inside account of the attempt to prosecute former president Donald Trump, written by one of the lawyers who worked on the case and resigned in protest when Manhattan’s district attorney refused to act.
Mark Pomerantz was a retired lawyer living a calm suburban life when he accepted an unexpected offer to... Read more »
Code Name Blue Wren
The True Story of America's Most Dangerous Female Spy—and the Sister She Betrayed
The incredible true story of Ana Montes, the most damaging female spy in US history, drawing upon never-before-seen material and to be published upon her release from prison, for readers of Agent Sonya and A Woman of No Importance.
Just days after the 9-11 attacks, a senior Pentagon analyst eased her red Toyota Echo into traffic and headed to... Read more »
How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It
The arbitrary lines of zoning maps across the country have come to dictate where Americans may live and work, forcing cities into a pattern of growth that is segregated and sprawling.
The good news is that reform is in the air, with states across the country critically reevaluating zoning. In cities as diverse as Minneapolis, Fayetteville, and... Read more »
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new... Read more »
Off the Edge
Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything
If you enjoyed Butts, then you’ll love Off the Edge.
“This book might not answer the 'How-Do-I-Continue-Loving-Friends-and-Family-Whose-Politics-Are-Making-Them-(And-By-Extention-Me)-Crazy' question which has haunted our Facebook profiles and Thanksgiving dinners for the past few years, but it did give me hope that there might be a way. While interviewing a Flat-Earth proponent for The Daily Beast, journalist Kelly Weill is surprised to discover that, despite his bonkers astrological ideas, she kind of likes the guy. This leads Weill to attempt to answer the question that has been on all of our minds since at least 2016: 'How can you believe THAT?' Weill interviews contemporary conspiracy theorists to learn what led them to Flat-Earth, a belief which shares a broad and unsurprising appeal among anti-vax and 'Stop the Steal' enthusiasts. Weill also consults the historical record, tracing the origin of modern Flat-Earth conspiracy to a 19th century cult founder and quack medicine practitioner. Even as she unpacks their absurd beliefs, Weill meets her subjects with curiosity, attempting to understand their need behind the belief. In a few cases, Weill is able to record the slow, painful process as former conspiracy-theorists let go of the theories that had deluded them and damaged their relationships. Narrator Xe Sands is a joy! Her voice embodies the humorous, incisive, and compassionate style of Weill's words. I recommend this audiobook highly-- it is the perfect companion for your drive to the next family gathering, where its wisdom will come in handy!”Adam, Prairie Lights Books
Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.
Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's... Read more »
Jesus and John Wayne
How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation
How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate's staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which explains how... Read more »
The Trump Tapes
Bob Woodward's Twenty Interviews with President Donald Trump
“The most memorable contribution to this year’s American political literature, however, was not a printed book. The Trump Tapes…is an audio collection that offers a passport to the heart of darkness.” —The Guardian
“An uncharacteristic warning from one of the most respected, non-partisan journalists in the world” —Jake Tapper, CNN
“It was... Read more »
Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
“Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas didn’t know he was an undocumented immigrant until he went to get his driver’s license at the age of 16. Vargas’s story is sadly not unusual, which is part of why it’s so important. His writing is emotional, powerful, and full of purpose. More memoir than political statement, Dear America is a truly eye-opening look at the realities of immigration in America.”Jade, Bookshop Santa Cruz
The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism
A call to action for consumers everywhere, Consumed asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it's created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system.
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We live in a world of stuff. We dispose of most of it in as little as six months after we receive it. The byproducts of our quest to consume are...
The Only Plane in the Sky
An Oral History of September 11, 2001
“This is a book you really need to hear instead of read. I was an adult with 2 children on 9/11 and I learned so much listening to this. This is more than just people recounting what happened to them on that dark day, it is a reenactment from key people told in chronological order. You get the where and learn exactly what they experienced. There is a full cast of people retelling their stories and their observations. It was heartbreaking but also eye-opening. Although I lived through this, I gained a better understanding of those affected by the events first hand. The people that were right there tell you their view and how the responded. Listening to this I was riveted. The scope of 9/11 is bigger than just one person, or a few people. It encompasses every American. This book does a fantastic job of putting you right there.”Karen, That Book Store
The inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton!
In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust... Read more »
The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral... Read more »
How We Show Up
Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community
An Invitation to Community and Models for Connection
After almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they're... Read more »
Reflections for a New Generation
*Nominated for an Audie for Best Business/Personal Development Audiobook*
A brilliant and empowering collection of final reflections and words of wisdom from venerable civil rights champion, the late Congressman John Lewis at the end of his remarkable life.
Congressman John Lewis was a paragon of the Civil... Read more »
The Witches Are Coming
“This was recommended to me as a funny political/social commentary read, particularly the audiobook. Lindy West is funny, on the point, and full of rational sense! So many things became clear, like why I no longer watch "funny" movies made by "funny" men. I highly recommend this to anybody who like humor and non-fiction/memoir/stuff. Particularly if you are in search of your next audiobook.”Julia, The Bookloft
Rising Out of Hatred
The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
“Rising Out of Hatred is essential listening for anyone navigating and trying to make sense of the current social-political climate. There is a resounding message that as humans, we must question our own belief system and open our mind and heart to change.”Kendra, We Are LIT
A People's History of the United States
THE CLASSIC NATIONAL BESTSELLER
"A wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." –Howard Fast
Historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing...Read more »