Recommended Reads

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Books have always been and continue to be my beacon. Reliably guiding how I prepare for, respond to and recover from life. Titles will be added periodically as I continue to comb through my many digital libraries or incorporate other recent reads. The following list is in no way reflective of everything I read daily, but does consist of the books that have genuinely helped me find my way. I have no doubt that several of these recommended reads will further support your activism, advocacy, community, relaxation and personal growth as well.   

Movements, Activism & Advocacy

You Are Your Best Thing | Tarana Burke & Brene Brown

We Are Each Other’s Harvest | Natalie Baszile

The Solidarity Struggle: How People Of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In The Fight For Freedom | Mia McKenzie & CeCe McDonald    

Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice Art and Activism of Sins Invalid | Shayda Kafai

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice | Mariam Kaba

Abolition for the People: The Movement for A Future Without Policing and Prisons | Colin Kaepernick

The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Care | Zena Sharman

Pussy Prayers: Sacred and Sensual Rituals For Wild Women Of Color | Black Girl Bliss  

The Cancer Journals | Audre Lorde

Parable Of The Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls Of Color | Khristi Lauren Adams

Black Imagination | Natasha Marin

Beyond The Gender Binary | Alok Vaid-Menon

How To Tell A Story | The Moth

The Devil Never Sleeps | Juliette Kayyem

Facilitating Breakthrough | Adam Kahane

Essentials Of Health Justice | Joel B. Teitelbaum

Queer Love in Color | Jamal Jordan

Black Joy | Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts

The Black Agenda | Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Disaster and Human Trafficking | Mondira Dutta  

Disaster Recovery Through The Lens Of Justice | Alessandra Jerolleman

God Is a Black Woman | Christena Cleveland

Fresh Banana Leaves | Jessica Hernandez

State of Emergency | Tamika D. Mallory

For Brown Girls with Soft Edges and Tender Hearts | Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Brown Girls | Daphne Palasi Andreades  

Black Food Matters | Hanna Garth

The Sex Lives of African Women | Nana Darkoa sekyiamah

Disasterology | Samantha Montano

There’s A Revolution Outside My Love: Letters From A crisis | Tracy K. Smith & John Freeman

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and The Anatomy Of Injustice | Rupa Marya & Raj Patel 

Feminist AF: A Guide To Crushing Girlhood | Brittney Cooper

The Politics Of Trauma | Staci Haines

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice | Leah Lakshmi Piepzma-Samarasinha   

Skin, Tooth, Bone: A Disability Justice Primer | Sins Invalid  

Medicine Stories | Aurora Levins Morales   

The Purpose Of Power | Alicia Garza

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism | Lydia X. Z. Brown & Autism Women & Nonbinary Network

Unbowed: A Memoir | Wangari Maathai

How To Be An Anti-Racist | Ibram X. Kendi

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer And Sex Changed A Nation At War | Leymah Gbowee

Angela Davis: An Autobiography | Angela Y. Davis

The Fire This Time | Jesmyn Ward

When They Call You A terrorist | Patrice Con Colors

Resistance & Hope: Essays By Disabled People | Alice Wong             

Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis And The Next | Dean Spade

All We Can Save: Truth, Courage & Solutions For The Climate Crisis | Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katherine K. Wilkinson     

The Art Of Creative Thinking: 89 Ways To See Things Differently |Rod Judkins  

Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons From Marine Mammals | Alexis Pauline Gums    

Emergent Strategy | Adrienne Maree Brown

Pleasure Activism: The Politics Of Feeling Good | Adrienne Maree Brown

We Will Not Cancel Us | Adrienne Maree Brown

Structured Negotiation | Lainey Feingold  

Stakes Is High | Mychal Denzel Smith

The Age of Dignity | Ai-Jen Poo

I Write What I Like | Steve Biko

Across Boundaries: The Journey Of A South African Woman Leader | Mamphela Ramphele

We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders | Linda Sarsour

Sustaining Spirit: Self Care For Social Justice | Naomi Ortiz

Unbought And Unbossed | Shirley Chisholm   

The Good Fight | Shirley Chisholm

You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train | Howard Zinn

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and The Pathway To Mending Our Hearts & Bodies | Resmaa Menakem

We Want To Do More Than Survive | Bettina Love

Passages In Caregiving | Gail Sheehy

Song In A Weary Throat | Pauli Murray

Mighty Justice | Dovey Johnson Roundtree  

We Speak For Ourselves | D. Watkins  

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women And Women Of Color | Andrea Ritchie

Disability Visibility | Alice Wong  

Women Writing Resistance Essays On Latin America And The Caribbean | Jennifer Browdy

Love and Rage | Lama Rod Owens       

The Art Of Gathering | Priya Parker

Disability and Theater: A Practical Manual for Inclusion in the Arts | Stephanie Barton-Farcas

 Sister Outsider | Audre Lor

How We Show Up | Mia Birdsong

A Taste Of Power | Elaine Brown

Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine

 Dog Whistle Politics | Ian Haney Lopez

A Black Women’s History Of The United States | Daina RameyBerry

Healing Resistance | Kazu Haga

Beyond Survival | Leah Lakshmi Piepzma-Samarasinha   

A Disability History Of The United States | Kim E. Nielsen

What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story Of Crisis, Hope and Resistance in an American City | Mona Hanna-Attisha

Feeding On Dreams | Ariel Dorfman

Medical Apartheid | Harriet A. Washington

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution | Mona Eltahawy

First Person Accounts of Mental Illness & Recovery | Craig Winston

Long Walk To Freedom | Nelson Mandela

Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael| Kwame Ture

Personal Narratives, Essays & Stories

This Here Flesh | Cole Arthur Riley

My Broken Language | Quiara Alegria Hudes

Unbound | Tarana Burke

Toufah | Toufah Jallow

The Last Nomad | Shugri Said Salh

Bamboozled By Jesus | Yvonne Orji

I Don’t Want to Die Poor | Michael Arceneaux

This Child Will Be Great | Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  

The Body Is Not An Apology | Sonya Renee  Taylor

No Ashes in the Fire | Darnell L. Moore

Find Another Dream | Maysoon Zayid

Aftershocks | Nadia Owusu

I Wonder As I Wander | Langston Hughes

The Big Sea: An Autobiography | Langston Hughes

I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying | Bassey Ikpi

A Small Place | Jamaica Kincaid

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close | Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen | Nina G.

Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom  

Eloquent Rage | Brittney Cooper

All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes | Dr. Maya Angelou

What I Know For Sure | Oprah Winfrey

Invisible Man, Got The Whole World Watching | Mychal Denzel Smith

Unashamed | Leah Vernon

Too Late To Die Young | Harriet Mcbryde Johnson

Untamed | Glennon Doyle

The Pretty One | Keah Brown

She Came To Slay | Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Year Of Yes | Shonda Rhimes

Haben | Haben Girma

Succeeding Against The Odds | John H. Johnson

The Book Of Delights | Ross Gay

I’m Judging You | Luvvie Ajayi  

Born A Crime | Trevor Noah

Kinky Gazpacho | Lori Tharps