Diversity Reading List

July 29, 2018

Diversity Reading List

This diversity reading list collects good books from under-represented groups.

 

Between The World and Me

Between The World and Me

“It is hard to face this. But all our phrasing – race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy – serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dilodges brains, block airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, crack bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. ― Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Black experience in American society is fundamentally different and exponentially more complex than any one book can describe, but Coates does a great job of describing the symbolic relationship the human body holds as it relates to the freedom, opportunity, and equality these communities are often not provided access to.

The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior

 

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

The Joy Luck Club

The Joy Luck Club

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Hidden Figures- The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Hidden Figures

 

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted

 

The Color Purple

 

The Color Purple

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.” ― Alice Walker

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

Dear Madam President

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March

Behold the Dreamers

Behold the Dreamers

Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Animal Farm

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

“Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.” ― Sinclair Lewis

The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.” ― Hannah Arendt

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny

“The odd American idea that giving money to political campaigns is free speech means that the very rich have far more free speech, and so in effect far more voting power, than other citizens.” ― Timothy Snyder

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood

Brave New World

Brave New World

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley

Hillbilly Elegy- A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy

“Barack Obama strikes at the heart of our deepest insecurities. He is a good father while many of us aren’t. He wears suits to his job while we wear overalls, if we’re lucky enough to have a job at all. His wife tells us that we shouldn’t be feeding our children certain foods, and we hate her for it — not because we think she’s wrong but because we know she’s right.” – J. D. Vance

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ― Ray Bradbury

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America

American Fascists

“The split in America, rather than simply economic, is between those who embrace reason, who function in the real world of cause and effect, and those who, numbed by isolation and despair, now seek meaning in a mythical world of intuition, a world that is no longer reality-based, a world of magic.” ― Chris Hedges

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Dark Money

“The polluters had triumphed by overturning the campaign-finance laws. “There was a huge change after Citizens United,” he contends. “When anyone could spend any amount of money without revealing who they were, by hiding behind amorphous-named organizations, the floodgates opened. The Supreme Court made a huge mistake. There is no accountability. Zero.” ― Jane Mayer

The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition

The Hunger Games

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.” 

“Stupid people are dangerous.” ― Suzanne Collins

Orwell on Truth

Orwell on Truth

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” – George Orwell

The Penultimate Truth

The Penultimate Truth

“if men are too blind to govern themselves, how can they be trusted to govern others?” ― Philip K. Dick

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

This Is an Uprising

“At their core, the principles of civil resistance are inherently democratic: nonviolent campaigns require mass public support and participation if they are to succeed.” ― Mark Engler

Ratf**ked- The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy

Ratf**ked

“America is the only major democracy in the world that allows politicians to pick their own voters.” ― David Daley

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

The Road to Unfreedom

“An important sign of the collapse of the rule of law is the rise of a paramilitary and its merger with government power.” ― Timothy Snyder

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains

“Public interest has been subordinated to private interest, and when there is no clear distinction between them, it opens the door to endless opportunities for corruption.”
― Nancy MacLean

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