Suggested Reading List

WOVEN recommends the following books that cover issues including social activism, gender inequality, environmentalism, mental illness, growing up in poverty, feeling alienated because one is “different,” how to understand genocide among other topics.


Land America Leaves Wild, by Diana WegeLand America Leaves Wild
By: Diana Wege
Grand Rapids Art Museum/2000




More from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources - and What Happens Next by Andrew McAfeeMore from Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources – and What Happens Next
By: Andreww McAfee




Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice by Grace Ji-Sun KimMaking Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice
By: Grace Ji-Sun Kim
World Council of Churches/2016




Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John LewisWalking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
By: John Lewis
Harvest Books; 1st Harvest ed edition/1999




Gandhi on Non-ViolenceGandhi on Non-Violence
By: Mahatma Gandhi
New Directions; Reprint edition/2007




This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi KleinThis Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate
By: Naomi Klein
Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition/2015




Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat HanhPeace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
By: Thich Nhat Hanh




I Am Malala by Malala YousafzaiI Am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai




How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram KendiHow To Be An Antiracist
By: Ibram Kendi
One World/2019




Hiding in Plain Sight by Sarah GallardoHiding in Plain Sight
By: Sarah Gallardo
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform/2017




The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
By: The Arbinger Institute
Berrett-Koehler Publishers/2015 Edition




Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict
By: Donna Hicks and Desmond Tutu
Yale University Press/2011 Edition




The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
By: Andrew Solomon
Scribner/New York 2015 Edition




Sing, Unburied Sing

Sing, Unburied, Sing
By: Jesmyn Ward
Scribner; Reprint edition/May 8, 2018




By: Dave Cullen
Twelve, Hachette Books (revised edition)/New York 2010




Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence
By: Geoffrey Canada
Beacon Press (revised edition)/New York 2010




Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem in Your Child’s Life
By: James Garbarino, Ph.D & Claire Bedard
Free Press/New York 2002




A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
By: Sue Klebold
Introduction by: Andrew Solomon
Broadway Books (reprint edition)/2010



To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography by Daniel Berrigan
By: Daniel Berrigan
Wipf & Stock Pub (reprint edition)/2007




Sex and World Peace
By: Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli & Chad F. Emmett
Columbia University Press (revised edition)/2014




The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
By: Andrea Wulf
Vintage (reprint edition)/2016




American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Illness Treatment System
By: Dr. E. Fuller Torrey
Oxford University Press/2013




Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
By: Andrew Solomon
Scribner (reprint edition)/2013




The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
By: Jeff Hobbs
Scribner (reprint edition)/2015




“A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide
By: Samantha Power
Basic Books (reprint edition)/2013




A Passionate Life: Writings by and on Kamladevi Chattopadhyay
By: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
Zubaan Books/New Delhi, India 2017)




The Life of My Teacher: A Biography of Kyabjé Ling Rinpoché
By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Wisdom Publications/2017




The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love
By: Bell Hooks
Washington Square Press/2004




Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence
By: Judith Butler
Verso (reprint edition)/2006




Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance (American Empire Project)
By: Noam Chomsky
Holt Paperbacks (reprint edition)/2004



Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

By: Judith L. Herman
Basic Books/2015



Contemporary Philosophy of Social Science: A Multicultural Approach
By: Brian Fay



Regarding the Pain of Others
By: Susan Sontag



Power and Struggle (Politics of Nonviolent Action, Part 1)
By: Gene Sharp
Porter Sargent Publishers/1973



Golden Arches East: McDonald’s in East Asia
By: James L. Watson
Stanford University Press (2nd edition)/2006

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