Readings

Read in 2017

1. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In Bernie Sanders
2. Listen, Liberal Thomas Frank
3. Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope Chalmers Johnson
4. False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton Liza Featherstone, ed.
5. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (highly recommend)
6. Pity the Billionaires: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right Thomas Frank (audio)
7. Freedom Is A Constant Struggle Angela Davis
8. Things That Can and Cannot Be Said Arundhati Roy & John Cusack
9. Death of the Liberal Class Chris Hedges
10. The Fold Peter Clines
11. Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights James Peck
12. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Rebecca Solnit (highly recommend)
13. Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class Ian Haney-Lopez
14. Rich People Things Chris Lehmann
15. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business Neil Postman
16. Killing Rage: Ending Racism bell hooks
17. 14 Peter Clines
18. The Establishment And How They Get Away With It Owen Jones
19. The Other America: Poverty in the United States Michael Harrington
20. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology Neil Postman
21. Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism Cornell West
22. Babylon by Bus Ray Lemoine & Jeff Neumann (audio)
23. The Disappearance of Childhood Neil Postman
24. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future Neil Postman
25. Teaching as a Subversive Activity Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner (highly recommend)
26. The Big Con Jonathan Chait
27. Rules for Revolutionaries Becky Bond & Zack Exley
28. How to Watch TV News Neil Postman & Steve Powers
29. A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America
30. Griftopia Matt Taibbi
31. The Future We Want Sarah Leonard & Bhaskar Sunkara
32. Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life William Deresiewicz
33. Blowback Chalmers Johnson (currently reading)
34. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap Matt Taibbi
35. Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus Matt Taibbi
36. The Medium is the Massage Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore
37. Language in America: A Report on Our Deteriorating Semantic Environment Neil Postman, ed.
38. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School Neil Postman (currently reading)
39. Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class Jacob S. Hacker & Paul Pierson (currently reading)
40. The End of Imagination Arundhati Roy (currently reading)
41. An Apple for the Creature Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner, eds. (currently reading)

* TBR: Everything ever published by Haymarket Books

Read in 2016

1. The Last Leaves Falling Sarah Benwell (highly recommend)
2. The Porcupine of Truth Bill Konigsberg
3. Caffeine Blues Stephen Cherniske
4. Is It Me or My Adrenals? Marcelle Pick
5. The One Thing Marci Lyn Curtis
6. The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Paige McKenzie
7. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stephen King
8. Ready Player One Ernest Cline
9. Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow
10. Revolutionary Summer Joseph Ellis
11. The End of White Christian America Robert P. Jones
12. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful Glenn Greenwald (highly recommend)
13. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State Glenn Greenwald
14. How Would A Patriot Act? Glenn Greenwald
15. Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America Nathan Robinson
16. A Winter Haunting Dan Simmons
17. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off of Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison Peter Schweizer (currently reading)
18. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Naomi Klein (highly recommend)
19. No One Left to Lie To Christopher Hitchens
20. The New Rulers of the World John Pilger
21. 9-11 Noam Chomsky
22. Power and Terror Noam Chomsky
23. Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World Noam Chomsky
24. Who Rules the World? Noam Chomsky
25. Because We Say So Noam Chomsky
26. Cry for the Strangers John Saul
27. Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order Noam Chomsky
28. Julia Peter Straub
29. One Nation Divisible Richard Polenberg
30. The Common Good Noam Chomsky

Read in 2015

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Read in 2014

1. Gods in Alabama Joshilyn Jackson
2. The Returned Jason Mott
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
4. Long Lankin Lindsey Barraclough
5. Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell
6. When Dad Killed Mom Julius Lester
7. NOS4A2 Joe Hill

I actually read many more books than those listed above, but failed to record them due to the arrival of a tiny new human in my life.

See also:

Read in 2013
Read in 2012

Read in 2011

  1. March 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Sherman Alexie is one of my favorites…. I saw him speak in Flagstaff AZ and he is even more humorous in person! But, his messages are real and raw and I appreciate all his books.

    • March 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      I went to a YA literature gathering a couple of years ago. I remember very little about it except the enthusiasm with which people spoke of Alexie–not just his books, but him as a human being. It was with that in mind that I bought this book on my honeymoon. Having read it now, I will definitely be reading more Alexie!

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