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

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 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