One Year Later: An Inauguration Book List

It has been 12 months since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. And really, what a year it's been, for the United States, for the book world, and for Houston in particular. We've put together a list of the books that have gotten us through the year as staff members and as a store. Take a look!

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634536
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Riverhead Books - October 3rd, 2017

Winner of the National Book Award in nonfiction, Gessen's THE FUTURE IS HISTORY follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Powerful and urgent, this book is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494758
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Liveright - December 12th, 2017

Beard’s primary subject is female silence; she hopes to take a “long view on the culturally awkward relationship between the voice of women and the public sphere of speech-making, debate and comment”, the better to get beyond “the simple diagnosis of misogyny that we tend a bit lazily to fall back on." Calling out misogyny isn’t, she understands, the same thing as explaining it, and it’s only by doing the latter that we’re likely ever to find an effective means of combating it.

(from the review in The Guardian)

Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama Cover Image
By Nick Haramis (Editor), Lena Dunham (Foreword by), Jenni Konner (Foreword by), Joana Avillez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399592614
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Lenny - October 24th, 2017

Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS features original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne tha God, among others.

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976903
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary society. From oft-heard claims of "post-racial society" to the rise in race-based hate crimes, Rankine book chronicles racial aggressions in our country and continues to be a necessary read.

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804190114
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Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century.

We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977917
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Graywolf Press - November 14th, 2017

Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue's gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers--from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all.

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250171085
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

For Francisco Cantu, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantu tries not to think where the stories go from there.

Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.

Plus, we can't wait to host Francisco Cantu on February 7. Preorder your book now and join us for this free in-store event!

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590566
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Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South.

In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president."

March Women March: How Women Won the Vote Cover Image
By Helen Pankhurst (Foreword by), Lucinda Hawksley
ISBN: 9780233005256
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Published: Andre Deutsch - January 2nd, 2018

March, Women, March explores the women's movement in Britain, and the courageous rebels who refused to accept their exclusion from political life. Beginning with the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792 and moving to the suffragettes of the early twentieth century and beyond, Lucinda Hawksley traces the fight for equal rights. Her fascinating narrative incorporates diary extracts and letters that bring the movement's main protagonists back to life, and examines how suffragettes were portrayed in literature, art, and the contemporary media.

Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465094684
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Basic Books - April 25th, 2017

In this new book from Rice Professor and eminent scholar of the South, we meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker –– as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government –– a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day.

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781681775012
Availability: OUT OF PRINT - Not Available for Order
Published: Pegasus Books - September 5th, 2017

This past year reached the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so how could we leave Service's book out?

The Last of the Tsars is a masterful study of a man who was almost entirely out of his depth, perhaps even willfully so. It is also a compelling account of the social, economic and political ferment in Russia that followed the February Revolution, the Bolshevik seizure of power in October 1917 and the beginnings of Lenin's Soviet socialist republic.

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524733131
Availability: UNAVAILABLE
Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.

This pocket-sized letter, written as fifteen suggestions, creates a warm and compelling set of directives for women in the 21st century.

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250155504
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Picador - October 3rd, 2017

NASTY WOMEN is more than a gift book capitalizing on the zeitgeist; it's a collection of thoughtful and inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward. Take a look at the incredible essays included, from pieces by Rebecca Solnit and Cheryl Strayed to Samantha Irby and Jill Filipovic.

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