The Author’s Bookshelf: Rebecca SolnitRebecca 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