Change the World

A collection—by no means comprehensive—of the books I wish I could make everyone read so we could finally start fixing some shit. The nonfiction titles skew heavily toward the United States for right now, because that’s where my life experience is so far. I’ll be adding more, probably switching out some when I come across better examples, but these books are an excellent starting point.

Society

Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why, by Sady Doyle
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil
The Influencing Machine, by Brooke Gladstone
The Mother of All Questions, by Rebecca Solnit
Hunger, by Roxane Gay
Trust No Aunty, by Maria Qamar
But What If We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past, by Chuck Klosterman
The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor, by Mark Schatzker

Politics and American history

We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer
Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
March, by John Robert Lewis
The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties, by David K. Shipler
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James Loewen
Moranifesto, by Caitlin Moran [review pending]

Feminism

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis
The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
The Way We Never Were, by Stephanie Coontz
What You Really Really Want, by Jaclyn Friedman
Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, by Gloria Steinem
Shrill, by Lindy West
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, by Lisa Charleyboy

Religion and anti-intellectualism

Why I Am Not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell
The Age of American Unreason, by Susan Jacoby
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
From Housewife to Heretic, by Sonia Johnson

LGBTQIA

Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde
What You Really Really Want, by Jaclyn Friedman
Dykes to Watch Out For, by Alison Bechdel
Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

Fiction for new perspectives