Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt from Blackbirds Singing: Audre Lorde on Race, Sex, and Class

In Blackbirds Singing, renowned author Janet Dewart Bell has curated an incredible collection highlighting influential Black women who fought and continue to fight for liberation. Featuring the inspirational vision of women across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, Bell celebrates accomplished poets, activists, leaders, and more.

Raja Shehadeh Is a Finalist for the National Book Award

Widely considered Palestine’s leading writer, Raja Shehadeh is a lawyer, activist, and founder of the human rights organization Al-Haq. The winner of the Orwell Prize and many other accolades, Shehadeh’s most recent book, We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I: A Palestinian Memoir (published by Other Press), is a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in nonfiction.

Side by Side

Read an Excerpt from Side by Side

Except for Palestine

Read an Excerpt from Except for Palestine

Charisma's Turn

Read an Excerpt from Charisma's Turn

Monique Couvson’s trailblazing book Pushout laid the groundwork for understanding how our schools are failing Black girls; her follow-up, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, provided a blueprint for their healing and liberation. In the new new graphic novel Charisma’s Turn, vibrantly illustrated by Amanda Jones, Couvson tells an inspiring story from the perspective of the very girls she has been fighting for years to lift up.

Celebrating Feminist Economist Devaki Jain during Women’s History Month

Words of Wisdom from Howard Zinn

Author, activist, and historian Howard Zinn would have turned one hundred years old on August 24, 2022. To celebrate his birthday we’ve collected some powerful quotes from Zinn’s Truth Has a Power of Its Own: Conversations About A People’s History. A longform interview with journalist Ray Suarez, Truth Has a Power of Its Own looks back on the writing of his most famous work, and offers reflections on the American past, present, and future as applicable now as they were when A People’s History of the United States was first published.

Allow Me to Retort on Abortion

Elie Mystal’s New York Times bestseller Allow Me to Retort channels Mystal's trademark humor, expertise, and rhetorical flair to explain why Republicans are wrong about the law almost all of the time. Despite what conservatives would have you believe, the Constitution is not gospel. It is an imperfect document that is in dire need of updating.

Read an Excerpt from Mouths of Rain

Read an Excerpt from Waste

Waste, activist Catherine Coleman Flowers's new memoir traces her evolution from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion. Flowers has fought for basic sanitation in her home community of Lowndes County, Alabama and in communities across the country, an issue that lies at the intersection of health, environmental, economic, and social justice.


Subscribe to RSS - Book Excerpts