- A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn: I read an excerpt from this in a seminar freshman year of college and I’ve wanted to read the whole book ever since.
- A History of the Jewish People, edited by Hayim Ben-Sasson: This has been sitting on my parent’s shelf for as long as I can remember, and one of these days I intend to read it.
- The Natural History of Unicorns, by Chris Lavers.
- The Age of Homespun, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
- The Chalice and the Blade, by Riane Eisler.
- When God Was a Woman, by Merlin Stone: This is another book that has been sitting on my parent’s shelf for a long time, and that I have always wanted to read but not yet gotten around to.
- Whipping Girl, by Julia Serano: I have seen this book mentioned on several blogs and it sounds like a great book that will help me to better understand transsexuals.
- Women Who Light the Dark, by Paola Gianturco: I read a review of this on Feministing and it sounds wonderfully inspiring.
- Women Empowered, by Phil Borges: I read a review of this by ricklibrarian and it sounds like another inspiring book.
- Taking on the Big Boys: Or Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation, by Ellen Bravo: I read a review of this in Ms. Magazine and look forward to being inspired to create change.
- Where Human Rights Begin: Health, Sexuality and Women in the New Millenium, edited by Wendy Chavkin and Ellen Chesler: Women’s rights are human rights and I’m very interested in both, so this sounds like a good book. Another review from Ms. Magazine.
- Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
- Sacred Pleasure, by Riane Eisler.
- Borderlands/La Frontera, by Gloria Anzaldua.
- More by bell hooks (Ain’t I a Woman or belonging: a culture of place).
- Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories, by Katha Pollitt: I know Pollitt is a good writer, I enjoy a feminist viewpoint on life, and I’ve seen positive reviews of this book both in Ms. Magazine and on Feministing.
- This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor, by Susan Wicklund and Alan Kesselheim: I read an excerpt from this book in Ms. Magazine and it was very powerful and well-written.
- Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President, by Jill Norgren: I had no idea a woman campaigned for president in 1884 and 1888. Another review from Ms. Magazine.
- Barefootin’: Life Lessons from the Road to Freedom, by Unita Blackwell with JoAnne Prichard Morris: From the review in Ms. Magazine, it sounds like it will be an engaging exposure to lives very different from mine.
- Miss Spitfire, by Sarah Miller: Melissa’s review on Book Nut makes me want to read this even though I’m only mildly interested in the topic (the story of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher).
- The Year of Living Biblically, by A. J. Jacobs: This sounds like a most intriguing book, about a man’s attempt to live by the Bible as literally as possible for a year. I found out about it from Melissa’s review on Book Nut.
- Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World, by Samantha Power: Sergio Vieria worked for the UN, and Eva in her review says “Suffice it to say, if you have any interest in nation-building, or peacekeeping, or diplomacy, or the UN, or conflict resolution, you’ll devour this book.” So I think I’ll like it.
- Monique and the Mango Rains, by Kris Hollaway: I love the idea of the peace corps although I don’t know if I’d have the courage to be in it, and Eva says this memoir about being in the peace corps is a great read.
- A Testament of Hope, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela.
- Black Ice, by Lorene Cary.
- Black Milk: On Writing, Motherhood, and the Woman Within, by Elif Shafak.
- A Rift in Time, by Raja Shehadeh.
- A Border Passage: From Cairo to America–A Woman’s Journey, by Leila Ahmed.
- The Morville Hours, by Katherine Swift.
- 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff.
- Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed, edited by Vandana Shiva: I read a review of this in Ms. Magazine and it caught my attention since I’m interested in food issues.
- Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating, by Jane Goodall: I like Jane Goodall’s work, but I didn’t know she had written about food and eating until I saw a review of this in Ms. Magazine.
- Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains, by Barbara Hurd: I read ricklibrarian’s review and I like the quotes and the concept – essays about what washes up from the sea at beaches around the world.
- A Third Window: Natural Life beyond Newton and Darwin, by Robert E. Ulanowicz.
- The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution, by Denis Dutton.
- On the Origin of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction, by Brian Boyd.
- Science Under Siege: Defending Science, Exposing Pseudoscience, by
- The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain.
- Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet, by Jean Shinoda Bolen.
- Raising Elijah and Having Faith, by Sandra Steingraber.
- Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, by Augustus A. White III.
- The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, by Irving Kirsch.
- Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe, by Simon Singh: I have thoroughly enjoyed Singh’s other work, so I’m sure this will be good as well.
- Complications, by Atul Gawande: I’ve never read anything about medicine, but this sounds like a really good book about the human side of medicine. I read a review of it on Feministing.
- Pink Brain, Blue Brain, by Lise Eliot.
- Music, Language, and the Brain, by Aniruddh D. Patel.
- The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein: I’m not sure I need to read any more books that will make me depressed about the state of this country, but this one does sound good. Another review from Ms. Magazine.
- Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy, by Zillah Eisenstein: This sounds like an important book for someone interested in peace, gender, and democracy, as I am. Another review from Ms. Magazine.
- The Un-TV and the 10 mph Car, by Bernard McGrane: I picked this up at a used book store because it sounded unusual and intriguing. I am interested in sociology, I don’t have a TV, and I usually bike.
- The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor?, by Deborah Stone: I read a review of this on Feministing. I really do believe that the government is responsible for ensuring everyone gets to live a healthy life, but it is sometimes hard to vocalize arguments for that perspective. I’m looking forward to what Stone has to say.
- The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat, by John Shaw: This book about Jan Eliasson’s last year as Swedish ambassador to the U.S. sounds intriguing. If I want to work towards peace it would be useful to know what diplomats do.
- Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, by David K. Shipler: I enjoyed another book by Shipler, and the seemingly intractable conflicts in the middle east intrigue me.
- The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, by William Easterly: I am already skeptical about the humanitarian aid industry, so I am curious to read this book.
- The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilites for Our Time, by Jeffrey Sachs: Having read Deep Economy, I am a bit skeptical of this book, but I should probably read it rather than criticize something I haven’t read.
- Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, by Muhammad Yunus: Another book that offers hope about poverty! I’ve read Banker to the Poor and found it inspiring.
- Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad, by Frances Moore Lappe.
- What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives, by Ann Sloan Devlin.
- Reading Is My Window: Books and the Art of Reading in Women’s Prisons, by Megan Sweeney.
- Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio De Janeiro, by Janice Perlman.
- The Codebreakers, by David Kahn: I’ve always been intrigued by cryptography, and this is the ultimate book on the topic.
- The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty, by K. C. Cole.
- The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, by Jack Kornfield.
- God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World — And Why Their Differences Matter, by Stephen R. Prothero.
Peace and Non-Violence
- Life-Enriching Education, by Marshall Rosenberg: I’m interested in education, so I thought it would be interesting to see what Rosenberg had to say on the subject. I got this at the same sale as the other book by him.
- The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, by Jonathan Sacks: There will always be differences between people and civilizations, but does that have to lead inevitably to war? I don’t think so, and I’m curious to see what Sacks has to say on it.
- When War is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking, by John Howard Yodor: This sounds like a good discussion of just war from the point of view of a pacifist.
- Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War, by Glen H. Stassen.
- A Human Being Died That Night, by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela: See Eva’s review for why I want to read this.
- No More Enemies, by Deb Reich.
- Primates and Philosophers, by Frans de Waal.
- Breakfast with Socrates: An Extraordinary (Philosophical Journey Through Your Ordinary Day, by Robert Rowland Smith.
- The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs.