Interesting Reads for Current Times

Beginning in March, the Yoga on High Foundation will host monthly discussions centered around books and podcasts. Our hope with this series is to help encourage an educated, engaged and inspired community -- as well as to foster open, thoughtful dialogue around issues of the day.

Enroll in a book conversation here.

During the course of creating these community events, I had the opportunity to ask for book recommendations from some amazing, intelligent and caring people. What follows is a list I’ve compiled of their favorites, combined with my own picks for 2017 must-reads.  If you have recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

-- Michele

1984 by George Orwell

The Power of the Powerless by Václav Havel

The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz

The Rebel by Albert Camus

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Working Toward Whiteness: How America’s Immigrants Became White: the strange journey from Ellis Island to the suburbs by David Roediger

Borders: A Very Short Introduction by Alexander C. Diener and Joshua Hagen

Hope In the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

The Age of Fracture by Daniel Rodgers

Neither Beasts nor Gods by Francis Kane

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy by Jeff Sharlet

Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy by David Daley

Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty by Anthony McGann

The People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

White Trash: The 400 year old untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Listen Liberal: or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People by Thomas Frank

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Stopping Rape: A Challenge for Men by Rus Ervin Funk

Transforming a Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher and Martha Roth

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ain’t I a woman? Black women and feminism by bell hooks

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

A Bond between Women: A Journey to Fierce Compassion by China Galland

Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

When Abortion Was A Crime by Leslie Reagan,

This Common Secret: My Life as an Abortion Doctor by Susan Wicklund

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Cents and Sustainability:  Our Common Future by Gro Harlem Brundtland

Mobilizing the Green Imagination: An Exuberant Manifesto by Anthony Weston

This Changes Everything: Capitalism and the Climate by Naomi Klein

World as Lover World as Self: Courage for Social Justice and Ecological Renewal by Joanna Macy

The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer speaks to the next Generation by Paul Farmer

No god but God: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Raza Aslan

The Bible and the Sword by Barbara Tuchman

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

A Path Appears: Transforming lives, creating opportunities by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

Choosing Peace: New Ways to Communicate by Ike Lasater and John Kinyon

Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu

Full Catastrophe Living, John Cabat Zinn

Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte

Ten Poems to Open Your Heart by Roger Housden


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