5 Non-Fiction Recommendations (Read in the Past 12 Months)

A People’s History of the United States

By Howard Zinn

A critical look at American history that centers the perspectives of those too often left out of the conversation.

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Thing Like a 21st-Century Economist

By Kate Raworth

An examination of how traditional economics has failed and how modern economic theory needs to factor in humanity. 

A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution

By Marianne Williamson

A call-out of hatred and divisiveness that underscores the importance of centering love in politics.  

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

A look at the five previous mass extinctions and how humanity is causing the sixth.

Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone

By Astra Taylor

A comprehensive look at democracy in its past forms and why true democracy is worth fighting for. 

5 Fiction Recommendations (Read in the Past 12 Months)

Children of Time

By Adrian Tchaikovsky

In the far-future, a man-made virus meant to speed up the evolution of monkeys infects spiders.   

A Thousand Ships

By Natalie Haynes

A retelling of the Trojan War from the perspective of the myriad female characters.

The Persian Boy

By Mary Renault

The story of Bagoas, the boy who became Alexander the Great’s courtier and lover. 

Project Hail Mary

By Andy Weir

A high school teacher wakes up in space and slowly remembers the solar dimming event he’s working to prevent. 

Cloud Cuckoo Land

By Anthony Doerr

An Ancient Greek codex links characters from 15th-century Constantinople, present-day Idaho, and a 22nd-century starship. 

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