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River Dog Book Co. condemns the actions of local, state, and national governments in banning books, bodies, boycotts, and the other infringements they have enacted upon an individual’s right to make their own choices. Please use this list of suggested reading to educate, inspire, and take action in this time of crises. Some of these books are banned. Some of these books are about human rights that have been banned. A percentage of proceeds from the purchase of these titles will be donated by River Dog Book Co. to the National Network of Abortion Funds, Planned Parenthood, the National Coalition Against Censorship, and other related organizations fighting to protect human rights and civil liberties.

Playlist Tags: River Dog Book Co. genre: Non-Classifiable civil rights books abortion rights universal human rights month topic: womens rights feminism

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Our Time Is Now

Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

By Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes

"This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win."

This program is read by the author

Celebrated national...

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An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States

REVISIONING HISTORY

By Kyle T. Mays
Narrated by: Shaun Taylor-Corbett
Length: 8 hours 17 minutes

The first intersectional history of the Black and Native American struggle for freedom in our country that also reframes our understanding of who was Indigenous in early America

Beginning with pre-Revolutionary America and moving into the movement for Black lives and contemporary Indigenous activism, Afro-Indigenous historian Kyle T. Mays argues... Read more »

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 10 hours 18 minutes

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the U.S. settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history.

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Jane Against the World

Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights

By Karen Blumenthal
Narrated by: Maggi-Meg Reed
Length: 8 hours 12 minutes

From award-winning author Karen Blumenthal, comes a deep and passionate look at the riveting history of the fight for reproductive rights in the United States.

Tracing the path to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade and the continuing battle for women's rights, Blumenthal examines, in a straightforward tone, the root causes of the current debate... Read more »

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Killing the Black Body

Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

By Dorothy Roberts
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Length: 14 hours 38 minutes

This is a no-holds-barred response to the liberal and conservative retreat from an assertive, activist, and socially transformative civil rights agenda of recent years--using a black feminist lens and the issue of  the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare "reform" on black women's--especially poor black women's--control over... Read more »

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Everything Below the Waist

Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

By Jennifer Block
Narrated by: Jennifer Block & Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 12 hours 56 minutes

Elle's 30 BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER

"A jaw-dropping investigation into the women's health industry." Shelf-Awareness

"A fascinating examination of the past and present of women's healthcare" —Delfina V Barbiero, USA TODAY

An eye-opening, investigative account of the dismal state of women's healthcare in the U.S.

American women visit more doctors,...

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Controlling Women

What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom

By Kathryn Kolbert & Julie F. Kay
Narrated by: Kathryn Kolbert, Julie F. Kay & Ellen Archer
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes

This definitive account of the battle for reproductive freedom includes a bold new strategy to safeguard our rights, from two lawyers at the forefront of the movement.

Reproductive freedom has never been in more dire straits. Roe v. Wade protected abortion rights and Planned Parenthood v. Casey unexpectedly preserved them. Yet in the following... Read more »

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The Family Roe

An American Story

By Joshua Prager
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 18 hours 40 minutes

A masterpiece of reporting on the Supreme Court's most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the unknown lives at its heart. Despite her famous pseudonym, “Jane Roe,” no one knows the truth about Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1969 opened a great fracture in American life. Journalist Joshua Prager spent hundreds of hours with... Read more »

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The Turnaway Study

The Cost of Denying Women Access to Abortion

By Diana Greene Foster
Narrated by: Samantha Desz & Full Cast
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

“If you read only one book about democracy, The Turnaway Study should be it. Why? Because without the power to make decisions about our own bodies, there is no democracy.” —Gloria Steinem

The “remarkable” (The New Yorker) landmark study of the consequences on women’s lives—emotional, physical, financial, professional, personal, and... Read more »

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You're the Only One I've Told

The Stories Behind Abortion

By Dr. Meera Shah
Narrated by: Janina Edwards & Lisa Reneé Pitts
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

For a long time, when people asked Dr. Meera Shah what she did, she would tell them she was a doctor and leave it at that. But over the last few years, Shah decided it was time to be direct. "I'm an abortion provider," she will now say. And an interesting thing started to happen each time she met someone new. One by one, people would confide—at... Read more »

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What Kind of Woman

Poems

By Kate Baer
Narrated by: Kate Baer
Length: 1 hours 2 minutes

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller

A Goop Book Club Pick

"If you want your breath to catch and your heart to stop, turn to Kate Baer."--Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo

A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships of being a woman in the world today, and the many roles we play - mother, partner, and friend.

“When life...

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women are some kind of magic

the amanda lovelace audio collection

By Amanda Lovelace & ladybookmad
Narrated by: Amanda Lovelace
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes

ALL THREE VOLUMES OF AMANDA LOVELACE’S POETRY IN ONE AUDIO COLLECTION—READ BY THE AUTHOR AND GUEST CONTRIBUTORS!

Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace’s “women are some kind of magic” series is now available in one amazing audio collection!

the princess saves herself in this one:

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This Book Is Gay

By Juno Dawson
Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
Length: 6 hours 47 minutes

Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who's ever dared to wonder. This book is for you.

There's a long-running joke that, after "coming out," a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and... Read more »

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Beyond Magenta

Transgender Teens Speak Out

By Susan Kuklin
Narrated by: Tanya Eby, Nick Podehl, Todd Haberkorn, Roxanne Hernandez, Janina Edwards, Nancy Wu & Marisol Ramirez
Length: 4 hours 35 minutes

“I’ve always loved my body, and now I love it even more because it fits how I feel.” —Jessy

“Learn your pronouns because I don’t want to have to slap somebody tonight.” —Christina

“Transition? Everyone goes through one kind of transition or another. We go through transitions every day. Except mine is maybe a little more extreme.” —Mariah

“Being...

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The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison
Narrated by: Toni Morrison
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.

It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so... Read more »

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Out of Darkness

By Ashley Hope Pérez
Narrated by: Benita Robledo & Lincoln Hoppe
Length: 12 hours 30 minutes

"This is East Texas, and there's lines. Lines you cross, lines you don't cross. That clear?" 

New London, Texas. 1937. Naomi Vargas and Wash Fuller know about the lines in East Texas as well as anyone. They know the signs that mark them. They know the people who enforce them. But sometimes the attraction between two people is so powerful it... Read more »

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