Reading Lists

Ideas Can't Be Banned: Reading Lists That Name the Issues

For more than thirty years, The New Press has been a leading publisher of diverse narratives and books that provide cutting-edge analyses and critical perspectives. As a not-for-profit, public interest publisher, it has been our mission to provide books on topics and by authors traditionally ignored by mainstream publishers—books that facilitate social change, enrich public discourse, and defend democratic values, including from historically disenfranchised voices and on underrepresented subjects such as race, economic inequality, LGBTQ+ communities, criminal justice, and environmental reform.

8 Unconventional Beach Reads to Add to Your Summer Reading List

In our opinion, there is no better day than one spent out in the sun with the company of a good book. While most people lean on romance, mystery, or thriller to pass the time, we at The New Press prefer cutting-edge, social justice-oriented nonfiction. As we all know, social justice doesn’t take a vacation. This summer, take a look at eight of the current summer interns’ must-read books, a selection of New Press publications, and other thought-provoking, discussion-prompting publications from independent and academic presses. 

Say Gay: A Reading List

Say Gay: A Reading List

Say Racial Justice: A Reading List

Say Racial Justice: A Reading List

Say Criminal Injustice System: A Reading List

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.


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