Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Stay Woke Project #1: The Reading List

Earlier this month, I announced that I would be doing two reading challenges throughout 2017: the “Bowie 100” and the “Stay Woke Project.”  Whereas the “Bowie 100” has a hard and fast reading list, the “Stay Woke Project,” does not.  Rather, the books that I am adding to my “Stay Woke” TBR are a melange of books I read all or part of during my college days, recommendations from academics, as well as recommended reading lists from “woke” culture workers, and media outlets I trust.  

My intent in “staying woke” is to be an ally to marginalized groups under siege from the incoming administration and to better inform myself in the ways that Cheeto Mussolini and his cadre of Batman villains attempt to manipulate reality for their own gain.  

What follows is the ongoing reading list that I will be working from.  As new titles spring to mind, I will add them here along with the source that alerted me to this title.  Later I will add a link to my GoodReads page where you can find my “Stay Woke Project” shelf and see which book I am currently tucked into.  

Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir by Leni Riefenstahl (Tina Fey in The Hollywood Reporter)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Coates journalist at The Atlantic)
Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard (my friend Brianna)
The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Deboard (a college read)
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Race Matters by Cornel West (West’s status as a public intellectual)
Democracy Matters by Cornel West (West’s status as a public intellectual)
It Can’t Happen by Sinclair Lewis (it’s post-election bestseller status)
The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Che Guevara (personal interest in Guevara)
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde (a college read)
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde (a college read)
Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, The Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence of the Sixties and Seventies by Jeremy Varon (my mom)
The Short Tragic life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs (HuffPo)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (HuffPo)
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks (read in college, HuffPo)
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (HuffPo)
Negroland: A Memoir by Margot Jefferson (BookTube, HuffPo)
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (HuffPo)
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (college read)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Man Booker Winner 2016)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (my mom)
“Why Are All of the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum (HuffPo)
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (HuffPo)
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Bustle)
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney (Bustle)
Coming to America by Roger Daniels (Bustle)
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Bustle)
Blues City by Ishmael Reed (Bustle)
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev (Bustle)
All Souls: A Family From Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald (Bustle)
Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy (Bustle)
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tom Wise (Bustle)
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (Bustle)
Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu (Bustle)
The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee (Bustle)
Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism by Daisy Hernandez (Bustle)
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi (Bustle)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley (teacher reading)
Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks (GoodReads)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (GoodReads)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (GoodReads)
The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois (GoodReads)
How to Be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston (GoodReads)
Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin (GoodReads)
Americanah by Chimamanda Nigozi Adichie (GoodReads)
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennet, Jr. (GoodReads)
Black Skin, White Masks by Franz Fanon (college read)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (college read)
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (college reading)
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein (from Klein’s journalism)
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. (GoodReads)
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks (GoodReads)
Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies by bell hooks (GoodReads)
All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks (GoodReads)
By Any Means Necessary by Malcolm x (GoodReads)
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward (GoodReads, BookTube)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Oprah, National Book Award)
Freedom is  Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis (GoodReads)
March (Vol 1-3) by John Lewis (I follow Lewis on Twitter, National Book Award)
Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier (GoodReads)
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs (GoodReads)
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur (GoodReads)
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill (GoodReads)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education by Mychal Denzel Smith (GoodReads)
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson (BookTube, GoodReads)
Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz (GoodReads)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (BookTube, GoodReads)
Salt. by Nayyirah Waheed (GoodReads)
Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver (GoodReads)
Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldua (GoodReads)
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts (GoodReads)
Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton (GoodReads)
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts (GoodReads)
Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South by Anne Moody (GoodReads)
Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (GoodReads)
Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture Among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes by Don Kulick (GoodReads)
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (GoodReads)
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (All the Places)
The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement by Bob Zellner (GoodReads)
Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau (GoodReads)
Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes (BookTube)
Everybody Talks About the Weather . . . We Don’t: The Writings of Ulrike Meinhof by Ulrike Meinhof (my mom)
The Baader Meinhof Complex by Stefan Aust (my mom)
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy (Book of the Month Club)
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love, and So Much More by Janet Mock (BookTube)
Into the War by Italo Calvino (my own personal interest)
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada (my own personal interest)
The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller (Nobel Prize)
The Appointment by Herta Muller (Nobel Prize)
The Trial by Franz Kafka (personal interest)
The Castle by Franz Kafka (personal interest)
The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus (personal interest)
Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf (personal interest)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (personal interest)
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (personal interest)
Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco by Clare Sears (ALA)
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg (ALA)
Snapshots of a Girl by Beldan Sezen (ALA)
Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy (ALA)
Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham (ALA)
Violence Against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination by Doug Meyer (ALA)
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman (ALA)
Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism by Uriel Quesada, Leticia Gomez, Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (ALA)
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker (ALA)
The Queerness of Native American Literature by Lisa Tatonetti (ALA)
A View From the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation by Tan Hoang Nguyen (ALA)
The Power of the Powerless by Vaclav Havel (recommendation from academics)
1984 by George Orwell (recommendation from academics)
The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz (recommendation from academics)
The Rebel by Albert Camus (recommendation from academics)
The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt (recommendation from academics)
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev (recommendation from academics)


This list is by no means exhaustive and I am certain there are cultures and populations of America that are not represented on this list that I need to learn more about.  As such, if you have any recommendations for my list, please feel free to tweet them to me @thelexicondev.