Resistance Reading

I’m a writer and a librarian; therefore, I love books. And reading. And connecting people with books. Here’s a collection of reading lists and specific titles that I’ve stumbled across.

Here are some reads that have inspired or otherwise encouraged me during difficult times:

Finally, here are some of the books I’ve read because I am trying to better understand our world & how we got here. I would have read some of these no matter who’d won in November, but I certainly have added several (or bumped them up my reading list) because  of the current political situation:

  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Top takeaways include the role of culture in shaping beliefs (and how emotional and fraught it can be when one’s cultural beliefs are challenged), as well as just being a fascinating glimpse into the communities that are now considered part of the Rust Belt.
  • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter. A thorough and compelling investigation into how the concept of whiteness came into being. I’m only halfway through it, but I’ve been especially struck by how so much of the anti-immigration rhetoric we see today was around in the 1800s (I’m looking at you, Kn0w-Nothing party), as well as how there are different levels of whiteness (Anglo Saxon became the ideal over Southern whites.) I’m reminded of the Battlestar Galactica phrase: “All of this has happened before and will happen again.” (Which itself appears to have come from some book called the Bible – Ecclesiastes, to be specific.)