Reading Lists

2022 Among the Stars

As our thirtieth anniversary year comes to a close, we’re highlighting 2022 titles that received starred reviews and other major endorsements—for your gift-giving needs or just for planning your own 2023 reading list!

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5 Essential Books by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn would have turned one hundred years old on August 24 this year. A lifelong activist and historian, Zinn took a famously democratic approach to telling the American story that centered the Black, Indigenous, and working-class experiences long overlooked by typical history books. Zinn’s work, critical but fair, unflinching yet hopeful, forever changed the way we look at the past. If you’re new to Zinn’s work, we’ve compiled a reading list to get you started.

8 Unconventional Beach Reads for Your Summer Reading List

Whether by the ocean or on the neighborhood park bench, we think the best part of the summer season is reading outdoors. And while rom-coms and thrillers might get top billing on most “beach read” lists, we’re celebrating our thirty years of publishing social justice–oriented nonfiction and fiction from around the world with a set of new and classic books, selected by our staff from our own list and from some of our indie publisher friends. These picks will challenge and inspire you—even on your getaways.

11 Books on Climate and Environmental Justice for Earth Day

The original organizers of Earth Day, celebrated in the United States on April 22nd every year since 1970 and globally since the 1990s, were inspired by the campus teach-ins and demonstrations of the 1960s. The first Earth Day consisted of protests held across the United States with the goal of raising awareness to protect the planet from deadly pollution and environmental degradation.

The Best of 2021

The second year of the global pandemic was not without its challenges, but 2021 also brought extraordinary recognition of The New Press’s mission of publishing books that promote and enrich public discussion and understanding of the issues vital to our democracy and to a more equitable world.

Five African Writers and Their Modern Classics

Earlier this month the Swedish Academy announced Abdulrazak Gurnah as this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, making Gurnah the first Black African writer to win the most esteemed prize in international literature since Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka won in 1986. The Nobel Prize in Literature is open to authors from around the globe, awarded for a body of outstanding work in any language.

Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List

9 Books to Read for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

Nationally observed since 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. It’s an annual occasion to recognize revolutionary independence movements in seven Latin American countries, celebrate—and critique—social life in Latinx contexts and in diaspora, make memes, and highlight Latinx and Hispanic authors.

Women in Translation Month 2021

August is Women in Translation Month. It was started in 2014 by Meytal Radzinski in 2014 to honor women writers and translators from around the world and how women have shaped the international exchange of literature. To celebrate, we’re highlighting 5 brilliant women The New Press has published in translation over its nearly thirty-year history.

Ten Unconventional Beach Reads for Your Summer Reading List

Summer is finally here! Whether you’re headed to the beach or just hitting the local park, if you’re like us, warmer weather means having a little more time to dig in to books. Thrillers and rom-coms might come to mind first when you hear “beach read,” but we have ten works of nonfiction selected by staff from our list and some of our indie publisher friends that will challenge and inspire you even on your getaway.

Celebrating Pride Month: Essential Reading

The traditional construction of gender is one of the pillars of a capitalist society.


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