on my bookshelf & recommended for you

currently reading

I am always reading/listening to a few books at a time; I just can't help myself! 

Here is what is currently on my nightstand or audio library. 

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Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds - adrienne maree brown

Medicine Stories: Essays for Radicals - Aurora Levins Morales

How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community - Mia Birdsong

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement - Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) - Dean Spade



The following are a list of some of my favorite books. This is not an exhaustive list and will always be adding more.

Social Justice

Thick: And Other Essays - Tressie McMillan Cottom

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown

How To Be Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson

Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation - Angel Kyoto Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah

The Witches Are Coming - Lindy West

Freedom is a Constant Struggle - Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundation of a Movement - Angela Y. Davis

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Michelle Alexander

Mother's Of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy - Elizabeth Gillespie McRae

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings By Radical Women of Color - Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Mindful of Race:Transforming Racism from the Inside Out - Ruth King

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love - Valerie Kaur

Disability Justice

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice -Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha

Brilliant Imperfection + Exile and Pride - Eli Clare

Disability Visibility: First Person Stories from the Twenty First Century - Alice Wong

Skin, Tooth, and Bone: A Disability Justice Primer - Sins Invalid

Environmental Justice

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants - Robin Wall Kimmerer


Heavy: An American Memoir - Kiese Laymon

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist - Judith Heumann


Raising a Rare Girl: A Memoir - Heather Lanier


Know My Name: A Memoir - Chanel Miller

Ask Me about My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctor's Believe in Women's Pain - Abby Norman

Hunger: A Memoir - Roxanna Gay

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved - Kate Bowler

When Women Were Birds: Fifty Four Variations on Voice - Terry Tempest Williams

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir - Saeed Jones

The Unwinding Of A Miracle: A Memoir of Life Death and Everything that Comes After - Julie Yip-Williams

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir - Samantha Powers

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying - Nina Riggs

Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir - Lidia Yukanavitch

Mama's Boy: A Story for Our Americas - Dustin Lance Black

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir of Life and Love After Unimaginable Loss - Jayson Greene

The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

Devotion + Hourglass + Inheritance - Dani Shapiro


Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Friere

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom - bell hooks

Illness & Health

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating - Elisabeth Tova Bailey

How to be Sick: A Buddhist Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers - Toni Bernhard

That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour - Sunita Puri

The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love - Sonya Renee Taylor

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors - Susan Sontag

A Burst of Light: Essays - Audre Lorde

Dancing with Elephants: Mindfulness Training for Those Living with Dementia, Chronic Illness or an Aging Brain - Jarem Sawatsky 

Doing Harm: The Truth about How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed and Sick - Maya Dusenbery

In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America - Laurie Edwards

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology - Deirdre Cooper Owens

Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer's Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn't Understand - Julie Rehmeyer

Compassion & Spirituality

A Fearless Heart: How The Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives - Thupten Jinpa

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searing for the Soul - Naomi Levy

No Mud No Lotus: That Art of Transforming Suffering - Thich Nhat Hanh

Standing at the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet - Joan Halifax

Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself - Mark Epstein

Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up - Koshin Paley Ellison

Radical Compassion: Learning to Love Yourself and Your World with the Practice of RAIN - Tara Brach

Shameless + Pastrix - Nadia Bolz Weber

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection - Sharon Salzberg

Embracing the Unknown: Life Lessons from the Tibetan Book of the Dead - Pema Chodron


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz

A Woman is No Man: A Novel - Etaf Rum 

Nothing to See Here - Kevin Wilson

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Blue Boy - Rakesh Satyal

Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid

Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

The Overstory: A Novel - Richard Powers

The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang


Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive - Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell

Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution - Adrienne Rich

The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves Empowering Our Children - Shefali Tsabary

Necessary Losses:  - Judith Viorst

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children - Ross W. Greene

For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Our Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health - Al Vernacchio

Antiracist Baby Picture Book - Ibram X. Kendi

What Makes a Baby + Sex is a Funny Word - Cory Silverberg

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness - Anastasia Higginbotham