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Recommendations from staffers at Wooden Shoe Books, an all-volunteer anarchist bookstore in South Philadelphia

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Kindred

By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by Kim Staunton /  10 hours 54 minutes

The first science fiction written by a Black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of Black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably... Read more »

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1491

New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
By Charles C. Mann
Narrated by Darrell Dennis /  16 hours 15 minutes

A groundbreaking study that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans in 1492.

Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus’s landing had crossed the Bering Strait twelve thousand years ago; existed mainly in... Read more »

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Parable of the Talents

Earthseed: Book #2
By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by Patricia R. Floyd, Sisi Aisha Johnson & Peter Jay Fernandez /  15 hours 28 minutes

Best-selling author Octavia E. Butler's acclaimed novels have won numerous awards, and she is a recipient of a "genius" grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Parable of the Talents was selected as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Environmental devastation and economic chaos have turned America into a land of horrifying... Read more »

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Transgender History, second edition

The Roots of Today's Revolution
By Susan Stryker
Narrated by Emily Cauldwell /  7 hours 49 minutes

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events. Chapters cover the transsexual and transvestite communities in the years following World War II; trans... Read more »

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Redefining Realness

My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More
By Janet Mock
Narrated by Janet Mock /  8 hours 14 minutes

With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s... Read more »

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Tales from Earthsea

Earthsea Cycle: Book #5
By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by Jenny Sterlin /  12 hours 12 minutes

The tales of this book explore and extend the world established by the Earthsea novels--yet each stands on its own. It contains the novella "The Finder," and the short stories "The Bones of the Earth," "Darkrose and Diamond," "On the High Marsh," and "Dragonfly." Concluding with with an account of Earthsea's history, people, languages,... Read more »

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Radical Technologies

The Design of Everyday Life
By Adam Greenfield
Narrated by Michael Butler Murray /  12 hours 14 minutes

Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services, and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon... Read more »

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Race for Profit

How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership
By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Narrated by Janina Edwards /  12 hours 29 minutes

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, reeling from a wave of urban uprisings, politicians finally worked to end the practice of redlining. Reasoning that the turbulence could be calmed by turning Black city-dwellers into homeowners, they passed the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, and set about establishing policies to induce mortgage... Read more »

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The End of Policing

By Alex S. Vitale
Narrated by Michael Butler Murray /  8 hours 17 minutes

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in... Read more »

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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
Narrated by Jesse Martin /  2 hours 25 minutes

At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our... Read more »

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How We Get Free

Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
By Keeanga -Yamahtta Taylor & Keeanga -Yamahtta Taylor
Narrated by Lisa Reneé Pitts /  6 hours 39 minutes

The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization... Read more »

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Fledgling

By Octavia E. Butler
Narrated by Adenrele Ojo /  12 hours 22 minutes

Shori is a mystery. Found alone in the woods, she appears to be a little black girl with traumatic amnesia and near-fatal wounds. But Shori is a fifty-three-year-old vampire with a ravenous hunger for blood, the lost child of an ancient species of near-immortals who live in dark symbiosis with humanity. Genetically modified to be able to walk in... Read more »

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Tranny

Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
By Laura Jane Grace & Dan Ozzi
Narrated by Laura Jane Grace /  6 hours 49 minutes

ONE OF BILLBOARD'S "100 GREATEST MUSIC BOOKS OF ALL TIME": The provocative transgender advocate and lead singer of the punk rock band Against Me! provides a searing account of her search for identity and her true self.

It began in a bedroom in Naples, Florida, when a misbehaving punk teenager named Tom Gabel, armed with nothing but an acoustic... Read more »

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Recollections of My Nonexistence

A Memoir
By Rebecca Solnit
Narrated by Rebecca Solnit /  6 hours 41 minutes

Recollections of My Nonexistence

“Over Rebecca Solnit’s 30 years of writing, readers like me have fallen in love with her seismic, world-shifting essays, and I was not disappointed by this memoir, her first longform writing in seven years. True to her form, this is a memoir not necessarily of the events of Solnit’s coming of age, but rather the greater influences in her development as a feminist, an activist, and a writer in 1980’s San Francisco. In these pages, Solnit describes the formation of her own powerful voice while interrogating the culture that routinely silences women through violence and disregard. By sharing these formative years, Solnit is sure to inspire and vindicate generations of women of all ages and offer much-needed encouragement to people of all genders to invest in voices long suppressed.”

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We

By Yevgeny Zamyatin
Narrated by Grover Gardner /  6 hours 51 minutes

Set in the twenty-sixth century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that... Read more »

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Edition
By Michelle Alexander
Narrated by Karen Chilton /  16 hours 56 minutes

Seldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexanders The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall Project and the new $100 million Art for Justice Fund; it has been the winner of... Read more »

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Pushout

The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
By Monique W. Morris
Narrated by Kristyl Dawn Tift /  8 hours 54 minutes

Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school. Just... Read more »

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How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi
Narrated by Ibram X. Kendi /  10 hours 43 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”—The New York Times

NAMED ONE OF THE... Read more »

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