Reading List for Social Justice, Part 1

By Susannah Abbey

I have always enjoyed reading novels, memoirs and stories that open up different worlds, different life experiences, to me. Now more than ever, it is necessary for all of us to understand people we might think we have nothing in common with. It is vital to understand, both intellectually and viscerally, what it is like to have a different gender, a different body, different abilities.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing short lists of ‘necessary reading’ for social justice warriors and good people everywhere. Please feel free to email me with suggestions of your own: susannah.abbey@gmail.com. Most of these readings are available in libraries and at independent booksellers. Some are available free online, although we encourage everyone to buy work from living authors whenever possible. Support your favorite writers!

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Citizen, an American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Ain’t I a Woman by bell hooks

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo