December 14, 2020

Inspiring Reads for the New Year


It’s hard to believe 2020 is almost at an end. As we head into 2021, we offer some recommendations to get everyone off on the right foot: some to inspire, some to broaden your mind, and some to keep the fight for justice moving forward. Universal healthcare, a solution to climate change, racial and social equality—they aren’t as distant as they once were, but let’s not lose momentum!


Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

The Last Interview

Take inspiration from the legend herself! In this intimate volume of interviews, RBG talks openly about everything from motherhood, to her Jewishness, to her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. It is both an engrossing look into a fascinating life, and an inspiring tribute to an American icon.



A Mind Spread Out on the Ground
by Alicia Elliott

The Mohawk phrase for depression can be roughly translated to “a mind spread out on the ground.” In this urgent and visceral work, Alicia Elliott explores how apt a description that is for the ongoing effects of personal, intergenerational, and colonial traumas she and so many Native people have experienced.




Sam George-Allen

Covens. Girl bands. Ballet troupes. Convents. When women gather, great things happen. Witches is a long-overdue celebration of the power and pleasure of working with other women.




Living in a World that Can’t Be Fixed
by Curtis White

An inspiring case for practicing civil disobedience as a way of life, and a clear vision for a better world—full of play, caring, and human connection.




Health Justice Now
by Timothy Faust

In this impassioned playbook, Faust inspires us to believe in a world where we could leave our job without losing healthcare for ourselves and our kids; where affordable housing is healthcare; and where social justice links arm-in-arm with health justice for us all. An essential read as we move forward into 2021!




The 100% Solution
by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

The world must reach negative greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This is not a goal that can be met halfway. Yet no single proposal has addressed the full scope of the problem … until now.



Pedro’s Theory
by Marcos Gonsalez

An incredible debut from a powerful new voice in queer and BIPOC literature. With sparkling prose and cutting insights, Gonsalez closes the gap between who the world sees in us and who we see in ourselves. Deeply personal yet inspiringly political, it also brings to life those selves that never get the chance to be seen at all.

AVAILABLE 1/12/2021



Shirley Chisholm:
The Last Interview

Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968 after campaigning under the slogan, “Unbought and Unbossed,” and her political career never swerved from that principle–she was fearless, undaunted, brilliant, and always first a foremost a servant to nobody but the people.

AVAILABLE 1/19/2021



Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.