This month the Library Committee is bringing to your attention some books which have been recommended by the UUA Bookstore with descriptions from their website. The books are available to you in either the Kalamazoo Public Library or Portage District Library and sometimes both.


The Price of the Ticket  by James Baldwin
An essential compendium of James Baldwin’s most powerful nonfiction work, these prophetic essays uncover what it means to live in a racist society with insights that feel as fresh today as they did over the four decades in which he composed them. Longtime Baldwin fans and especially those just discovering his genius will appreciate this essential collection of his great nonfiction writing, collected from 1948–1985 with dozens of famous essays from collections such as Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time, among others.


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story created by Nikole Hannah-Jones

The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue reframed our understanding of U.S. history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. This new book substantially expands on that work, weaving together essays with poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. This book speaks directly to our current moment, revealing the ways that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape all aspects of contemporary life in the United States.


Diet for a Small Planet: 50th Anniversary Edition by Frances Moore Lappé

In 1971, Diet for a Small Planet revolutionized the meaning of our food choices and sold more than three million copies. Now, in a special edition for its 50th anniversary, activist Frances Moore Lappé goes even deeper, showing us how plant-centered eating can help restore our damaged ecology, address the climate crisis, and move us toward real democracy. Sharing her personal journey and how this revolutionary book shaped her own life, Lappé offers a fascinating philosophy on changing yourself—and the world—that can start with changing the way we eat. Includes new and updated recipes.


Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A. Carruthers

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. It also offers a flexible model of what deeply effective organizing can be, anchored in the Chicago model of activism, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, creative strategizing, and multiple cross-group alliances.

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