designspongeI've been thinking a lot about the ways in which history repeats itself, so I've been working on organizing a little book-club-of-one to educate myself about eras, movements and issues that I know far less about than I should (Is anyone else reading something they want to recommend?) ⭐️I want to listen to and absorb as many first-hand accounts and different points of view as possible. While I think it's important to speak up (and act out) about a lot of things, I also feel how important it is for a lot of us right now to listen more and talk less. While I have my own experiences as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ community, there are so many people in America whose experiences I know little about and would like to understand more. These books are just a jumping off point and are in addition to more contemporary pieces of writing I'm reading online (Mic and Medium have been publishing some great first-hand stories by people from marginalized groups in America), but I find getting some historical context and greater education always helps understand the way systems and culture work in the broader sense. Currently diving into: Women, Race and Class -- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee-- Freedom's Daughter's -- Sister Outsider -- Parting the Waters-- Life Upon These Shores-- and (for fun) the Hamilton Book (although that still has some connections to what we're living through right now) and some back issues of The Riveter magazine. [I read Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance earlier this year- it's an important read if you're unfamiliar with Appalachia or the viewpoint of a lot of people in rural and Rustbelt areas...]
- mooreahall@designsponge this is a beautiful idea that I'm going to borrow- it's easy to feel hopeless or apathetic these days, but looking to the past and listening to other narratives will I think be ever more important
- stellarcelly@drea_maria5 @sassmouf @juliaalexandra13 I'm down! 🤓
- gigidreadsThe UnWinding by George Packer is another good book that unpacks alot of the complexities of the current America.
- abtravelonBetween the world and me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
- andrea_ledaI deeply appreciate the yearning to know "but, why??" And we look to the past for answers in patters and repeated ideals. And all one needs to do is look at our our present to see our entire history. Might i also invite you to invest equally if not slightly more weighted on our future which is also created in the present. But instead of asking why and look back we ask "but what now?" And look forward. I recommend, "Callings" by Gregg Levoy, page 55-57 💛
- daisy__doo__@lisajayvee ah thank you.
- kate.englishYes!!! I've also been thinking I need to fill in some gaps in my knowledge and was wondering where to start. These are some great suggestions. And I guess it matters less WHERE one starts, but more that one starts at all. @designsponge
- joanne_tateishiInspiring list @designsponge also consider reading about Japanese internment, modern Hawaiian history, Vietnam war protests/refugee movement, and Cesar Chavez revolution for other minority's perspectives
- kulepisceanif we gain nothing else from recent events, at least we can appreciate anew the value of education!!
- cpjchangI encourage you to read critiques of Hillbilly Elegy. Sarah Smarsh article in The Guardian. Sarah jones in the new republic.
- arielleracineSome of my favorite books are in this stack 😊
- kimothyjoyI recommend The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson about mass migrations throughout the U.S. and the caste system we've inherited but need to acknowledge and deconstruct. @designsponge
- adotdotdot@ktrojoho ideas.
- planetlynjoWonderful start‼️ Good luck and have fun learning ⭐️
- my.unicorn.lifeThis is awesome...thank you for sharing!
- taletreaderWhat about disability? Most of the books I've read relate to my personal chronic illness, and the others I can't think of right now. But! I was actually recently recommended the book My Body Politic by Simi Linton. The disability community really needs to be heard right now, so if you're looking for some POVs to absorb, I would highly recommend listening to them.
- cekitsThis list, organized by themes around Trump's own statements, is very good: http://www.publicbooks.org/feature/trump-syllabus-20
- wilsoninthemiddleI'm definitely in for a bookclub, and would be fine with any of these books. Thank you!
- therivetermagThis is an amazing list! 💞 We love book clubs & all of these books are incredible/necessary/powerful 💪🏼💪🏾💪🏿📚
- awomanthinkingAlthough it doesn't document the experience of many underprivileged groups, Hofstadter's Antiintellectualism in American Life is eye-opening and well worth considering.
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