Some books I read in 2016
I read a bunch of books this year. Here are a few worth mentioning.
The Invention of Heterosexual Culture
A delightful book about the shift from courtly love to romantic love in popular culture.
Women, Race, and Class
Angela Y. Davis
A historical overview of intersectionality (or a lack thereof) in social justice movements, and a great primer on intersectionality generally.
Brother, I'm Dying
Danticat is quite possibly my favourite living author. This is a biography of her father and her uncle who raised her, and it is as wonderful and tragic as any of her novels.
Militant Anti-Fascism: A Hundred Years of Resistance
A history of anti-fascist movements in the UK and abroad. I wonder what made me to decide to read this in 2016, or why to specifically include it in my list of recommendations.
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change
A fantastic book about the ethics of design, and designer's social responsibilities.
Rebellion in Pategonia
A tragic-but-enthralling account of a brutally-repressed labour strike in rural Argentina.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Maybe the best book I read this year. Instead of selling you on it myself, please allow me to excerpt from my favourite 1-star review of it:
In short, I am sure that there are some good books out there on this subject by writers who can manage to separate history and politics. This is not one of them. If, however, you're looking for a book that will find a way to relate the massacre of Indians with American Imperial expansion and neo colonialism in the middle east or some such bullshit then this book is right up your alley.
Ursula K. Le Guin
I hadn't read any Le Guin novels until this year and that was a mistake. Easily the best book about space anarchism I've ever read.
Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online
Your reading this list on the internet, so you probably have a rough idea of how terrible people can be.