Barrie Olmstead

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The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism

Schuller’s highly recommended feminist counterhistory is inspiring, and her arguments persuasive. She excels in letting the voices and lived experiences of women of color, trans women, and otherwise marginalized women come to the fore.
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RedHanded: An Exploration of Criminals, Cannibals, Cults, and What Makes a Killer Tick

The ideas discussed here are a bit shopworn, but fans of the authors’ podcast and readers new to true crime may find it a helpful primer.
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American Time Bomb: Attica, Sam Melville, and a Son’s Search for Answers

An engaging and intimate memoir that offers a personal history of the radical underground and adds context to the story of the Attica uprising.
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Nice White Ladies: The Truth about White Supremacy, Our Role in It, and How We Can Help Dismantle It

Daniels quotes extensively from Black women, and readers would be better served by seeking out their writing directly. Ijeoma Oluo, Charlene Carruthers, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Alicia Garza have all written books that offer personal context, emotional stakes, and steps for making meaningful change.
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Seeing Ghosts

Chow’s book is an important and welcome addition to a growing catalogue of memoirs by a new generation of Asian American writers, including Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart and Anna Qu’s Made in China.

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Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor

A nuanced examination of complicated ripple effects of intergenerational emigration. A powerful memoir of finding self-worth.

Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now To Save Reproductive Freedom

The authors make clear that the ability to determine for oneself how and when to bear children is a human right and is essential to a person’s agency over their own life and future. An essential guide; recommended for all collections.

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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood

Diamond’s memoir is compulsively readable; for fans of suspense novels or memoirs like Tyler Wetherall’s No Way Home.
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Somebody’s Daughter

Moving testimony about the effect of incarceration on the lives of the children and families who live in its shadow. Ford’s writing sets itself apart.
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