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Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution By Sara Marcus Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061806360
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 28th, 2010

Hindsight is 20/20, and looking back at the RiotGrrl movement of the 90s reveals as many flaws as it does strengths - it was a safe space for women tackling issues of sexuality, violence, and anger during a political period when teenage girl autonomy was the monster lurking under the bed of puritanical America. But only a safe space predominately for girls of a certain type (white, cisgender, straight.) Despite the shortcomings, the DIY culture it sparked continued on, and the doors it opened for women to scream their hearts out into microphones still reverberates today in bands that break the mold that Riotgrrl created. 

 


Review by Sarah C.

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Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Kristen Radtke Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
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Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

What's the difference between loneliness and solitude? What cruelties, or kindnesses are born out of the inevitable loneliness of living? This bleak and beautiful book tries to address those questions and more. Radtke bares it all in illustrations as compelling as her thoughts. It's an instruction manual for being  human and a guidebook for this time.


Review by Erin

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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism By Amanda Montell Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062993151
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Published: Harper Wave - June 15th, 2021

This book moves beyond the spectacle of the 'cult' in order to desimplify and expand our understanding of the cult phenomenon. From Jonestown to Crossfit to Instagram influencers, Montell looks at the linguistic tools utilized to appeal to and shape ones thinking. An accessible and fascinating book full of information that proves useful in times like these, when so many voices are calling for followers. 


Review by Dean

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Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century By Alice Wong (Editor) Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

This book is as diverse and intersectional as the disability community itself, with stories of joy, humor, challenges and frustrations told from a wide range of perspectives. Reading this anthology has changed the way I see and experience the world around me. I have no doubt that these pieces will deeply move and remain with you.



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Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration By Reuben Jonathan Miller Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316451512
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 2nd, 2021

In Halfway Home, Miller recounts the stories of men and women, who have served their time in the U.S. correctional system, and upon their release have fulfilled all the legal requirements, but are still kept on the fringes of society, struggling to find employment and housing at every turn. Miller weaves legal history into the personal stories, filling in the details of mass incarceration in this country. But this is also a very personal story for Miller, who recounts his own family's struggles with the legal system, and whose father and brothers have both been in and out of cages throughout their lives. It's the personal element to these tales and Reuben Miller's empathy with his subjects that makes this book so affecting.


Review by Mark B.

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You Have the Right to Remain Fat By Virgie Tovar Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781936932313
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Published: Feminist Press - August 14th, 2018

When I was 13 a cool older girl at school gave me a silk screened patch that said "RIOT NOT DIET". I promptly sewed it onto my backpack and never looked back. Reading this book is the literary equivalent of a cool older girl giving you that patch. 

Everyone needs to read this, particularly all the people who believe they don't need to. Trust me, you do.


Review by Anje

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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life By Anu Partanen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062316554
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

Want to convince your relatives that universal healthcare, free high quality education, and a robust social safety net are a good thing without them thinking you're a pinko commie? Hand them this.


Review by Anje

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The End of Policing By Alex S. Vitale Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
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Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

I thought this was a concise, accessible read. If you already own a dog-eared copy of "Are Prisons Obsolete?" or have a pen pal through Black and Pink, then this book will be preaching to the choir. However, if you have no idea what those things are but do think that there must be a better way of handling social problems than just sending the police in, this book is a great place to start.


Review by Anje