Barrie Olmstead

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Chicana Liberation: Women and Mexican American Politics in Los Angeles, 1945–1981

An excellent primer on the Chicana feminist movement that offers readers plenty to explore.

Fire Dreams: Making Black Feminist Liberation in the South

WWAV’s experiences serve as an exemplar of Black women organizing in the South. Highly recommended for readers interested in grassroots activism and community organizing.

Collection Development | Memoirs

How Migration Really Works: The Facts About the Most Divisive Issue in Politics

Essential reading, given the current climate of misinformation around immigration.

An Uncommon Woman: The Life of Lydia Hamilton Smith

An important contribution to Civil War discourse, women’s studies, and Black history.

Omega Farm: A Memoir

A great addition to the memoir trend of capturing emotional moments experienced during the COVID lockdown. This account demonstrates the reverberating consequences of an epidemic that caused many families to make stressful choices.


American Breakdown: Our Ailing Nation, My Body’s Revolt, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Who Brought Me Back to Life

For readers interested in the intersections of health policy, feminism, and capitalism.


Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots

Recommended for McEntire devotees. Also perfect for readers who enjoy the narratives and cookbooks of Ree Drummond and Trisha Yearwood.


A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, a History, a Memorial

For fans of Nguyen’s previous award-winning work, as well as readers interested in Vietnamese refugees and their history.


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