The Author’s Bookshelf: Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and urban history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster. Her memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence will be published March 10. Earlier books including a trilogy of atlases and Call Them By Their True Names, The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to MeThe Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she writes regularly for the Guardian and Lithub and serves on the board of Oil Change International.

"I am an omnivore, especially in my reading. With this delicious invitation, I wanted to share some of the books that were important to me early on and mentioned in Recollections of My Nonexistence—Borges’s Labyrinths, Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, a poem of Philip Levine’s I found in a magazine that is included in One for the Rose—and then to just keep branching out. This glorious pile includes books that have been important to me or are now—Willa Cather’s Song of the Lark, for example, is mentioned in the memoir simply because it’s that rarest of things, a novel in which a young, brilliantly talented, ambitious and sexual woman is not going to be punished for being any of those things, activist books such as the Zapatista compilation Our Word Is Our Weapon that showed me new ways that political writing could be lyrical. The rest of the heap is a whole lot of friends and writers interested in the same things I am, writers who influenced me, and some young writers I admire immeasurably, including Ocean Vuong, Carmen Maria Machado, and Jia Tolentino."

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Men Explain Things to Me


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Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

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A Field Guide to Getting Lost


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Wanderlust: A History of Walking


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A Book of Migrations


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Rebecca Solnit’s Bookshelf:


  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

    By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780807057834
    • Publisher: Beacon Press
    • Published: 2014
    The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoplesToday 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 US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and revealshow Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
  • Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape

    By Barry Lopez

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375727481
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: October 2001
    A passionate tour of the Arctic landscape covers such topics as the aurora borealis, polar bears, killer whales, migrating icebergs, the region's indigenous people, and the author's spiritual experiences there. Winner of the National Book Award. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
  • Branching Streams Flow In the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

    By Shunryu Suzuki

    Our Price: $26.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780520232129
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Published: October 2001
    "An opportunity to peer even more deeply into Suzuki Roshi's Zen mind and ponder the true meaning and value of recognizing the non-dual in our ordinary lives. The repartee with his students is by itself a great and unexpected gift, reviving that charming voice and warm wisdom we grew to know and love so well through Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and coauthor of Everyday Blessings "Suzuki Roshi's gentle wisdom shines through these intimate talks on the Sandokai. I am grateful to Mel Weitsman and Michael Wenger for their labor of love."--Robert Aitken, author of Taking the Path of Zen and Original Dwelling Place "Buddhists and lovers of Buddhism who have read and reread Suzuki Roshi's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind over the years, as well as those who are just discovering the wisdom of this wonderful, profound teacher for the first time, will welcome this new book of lectures on Zen training as a gift we did not expect to receive. Branching Streams should be read slowly and savored."--Rita M. Gross, author of Buddhism After Patriarchy "Through the poetry of knowing and doing, Shunryu Suzuki points out a path of practical wisdom for Americans today, in a voice so close at hand it can touch their inner experience of the interdependence of existence, open their ears to hear its harmony of difference and sameness, and awaken their willingness to be true to its mystery."--Stephen Tipton, co-author of Habits of the Heart "A wonderful manifestation of Suzuki Roshi's fresh insights and teachings--small, pithy, wild nuts delicious to anyone who chooses to taste them."--Peter Matthiessen "Muryo Roshi," author of Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can)
  • Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

    By Adam Hochschild

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.19
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780618619078
    • Publisher: Mariner Books / Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: February 2006
    An up-to-date, accurate, and beautifully written history of British abolitionism, the world's first successful if costly movement for human rights. Hochschild vividly re-creates the personalities and detailed social context of the British reformers' struggle against both the African slave trade and then colonial slavery. Source Notes, Bibliography, Index. B&W illus. 468p.
  • Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

    By Rebecca Solnit

    Our Price: $15.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781608469468
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Published: September 2018
  • Cinderella Liberator

    By Rebecca Solnit

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781608465965
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Published: May 2019
  • Citizen: An American Lyric

    By Claudia Rankine

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781555976903
    • Publisher: Graywolf Press
    • Published: October 2014
    A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American LyricClaudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.
  • Death Comes For The Archbishop

    By Willa Cather

    Our Price: $7.50 - $13.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679728894
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: June 1990
    In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour becomes the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico, and over the next forty years he faces the lawlessness and loneliness of the frontier as he tries to spread his faith
  • Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone

    By Astra Taylor

    Our Price: $24.30
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781250179845
    • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
    • Published: May 2019
  • Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

    By L. A. Kauffman

    Our Price: $16.15
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781784784096
    • Publisher: Verso
    • Published: February 2017
  • Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus

    By Rainer Maria Rilke

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307473738
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: October 2009
    (A Dual Language Edition). In Stephen Mitchell's versions of Rainer maria Rilke's two greatest masterpieces, readers will discover an english rendering that captures the lyric intensity, fluency, and scope of his poetry. Mitchell adheres impeccably to Rilke's text, to his formal music, and to the complexity of his thought; at the same time, his work has authority and power as poetry in its own right. It is rare when a translation conducts the poetic equivalent of the original. Notes, Index of Titles and First Lines. 283p.
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

    By Adrienne Maree Brown

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781849352604
    • Publisher: AK Press
    • Published: April 2017
  • Heart Berries: A Memoir

    By Terese Marie Mailhot

    Our Price: $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781640091603
    • Publisher: Counterpoint
    • Published: April 2019
    A "New York Times" bestseller and selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018--a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest
  • Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism

    By Rebecca Solnit

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781788731348
    • Publisher: Verso
    • Published: November 2018
  • How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

    By George Lakey

    Our Price: $8.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781612197531
    • Publisher: Melville House
    • Published: December 2018