Jul 02 2020

A Few Good Reads

As the weather warms and the sun beams down, what is more fulfilling than reading a great book outdoors? Now that our city has gone green and we can once again relax at pools, parks, and beaches (always maintaining 6 feet of distance from others, please), it’s time to don that mask, grab a tome, and head out for some quality brain expansion. 


Here are some of the books that we are most excited about this summer:


Notes of a Native Son CoverNotes of a Native Son by James Baldwin


James Baldwin’s celebrated collection of nonfiction essays is not only a modern classic, but also an incredible introduction for those uninitiated to this masterful wordsmith. Throughout Notes, Baldwin accesses your full emotional range as he probes the complexities of blackness in America. These essays immerse the reader in the life of a young man in Harlem exploring his nation, race, and artistry as the civil rights movement of the 1950s takes shape.


Want more? We recommend his semi-autobiographical novel, Go Tell It On the Mountain, as a fictional companion to Notes.



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My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell


At 15, Vanessa fell in love. But at 25, as she learns truths about her lover and examines her memories of their relationship, she is faced with harsh realities and questions she cannot answer. 


Told in both current time and flashbacks, Kate Elizabeth Russell’s powerful debut novel explores self-deceit, the journey to discovery, and the disturbing power dynamics too often disguised as teenage romance.



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All the Gay Saints by Kayleb Rae Candrilli


In their second full-length book, the Whiting Award-winning poet explores trans joy in vivid, romantic strokes. Foiling the ugly backdrop of transphobia and climate change, the language soars, gleefully describing love, partnership, and triumph.


Author Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s partner works with us here at 2one5, so we were among the first to read this remarkable book. All we can say is don’t waste another moment – read All the Gay Saints and revel in joy!




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How Charts Lie by Alberto Cairo


As charts, maps, graphs, and other infographics have become ubiquitous in our data-driven world, these incredible tools of visual information have been manipulated by opportunists to tell half-truths and forward specific agendas.


In clear, accessible language, Alberto Cairo teaches us to spot and explain the falsehoods in these visuals. Be better informed and share your knowledge.




Want more? Our internal poll named 38 unique titles! Below is a comprehensive list of our recommendations with links to learn more:


The Anthill by Julianne Pachico

Camp by L C Rosen

The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde

The City We Became by N K Jemisin

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Britney Cooper

The End of Policing, Futures of Black Radicalism, and Revolution In The Air by Alex S. Vitale

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendhi

In the Blink of an Eye: a Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch

Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Fled Mao’s Revolution by Helen Zia

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Making Movies by Sidney Lumet

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

The Resisters by Gish Jen

Self-Care by Leigh Stein

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendhi

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Tales of Two Planets: Stories of Climate Change and Inequality in a Divided World edited by John Freeman

They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story for the Struggle of Black Lives by Wesley Lowery

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins

Weather by Jenny Offill

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrice Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis

Writers & Lovers by Lily King


Yes, it’s a heavy list, but these are heavy times. If that’s how you feel too, use this summer to broaden your mind while you soak up that Vitamin D. Happy reading. 


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