Welcome back to my Nonfiction Book Party!
Today’s featured books are educational and particularly relevant since today is Election Day in the US, I’d classify these as historical memoirs and political commentary.
Personal note: Now is the time to make a plan on how to preserve your well being while staying informed. My friend Kazen has come up with a “self-care” checklist of sorts. Read it here.
Title: Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work
Author: Tania Israel
Synopsis: Political polarization is at an all-time high, and the consequences for our personal relationships are significant. Many people have friends and family members with whom they feel they can no longer communicate because of their extreme political views. In this book, psychologist Tania Israel presents her program for helping people have meaningful, constructive conversations with those they disagree with politically.
Chapters show readers how to develop and use the scientifically-proven skills that are the foundation of constructive conversation, including strategies for effective listening, managing emotions, and understanding someone else’s perspective, as well as finding common ground, avoiding self-righteousness, and telling your own story. Throughout, conversation prompts, practical exercises, case examples, and self-quizzes help readers visualize and practice starting, sustaining, and ending challenging conversations.
Inspired by the author’s experience leading countless workshops to bridge common ground among members of her community, this book shows how we can reach across the divide and bring Americans together, one conversation at a time.
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- Author website: Welcome to my website! You can find information here about my varied academic and creative interests, including dialogue across political lines, song lyrics, and research on interventions to support sexual and gender minorities.
Title: Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law
Author: Jeffrey Rosen
Synopsis: In her own words, the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, through an extraordinary series of conversations with the head of the National Constitution Center.
This remarkable book presents a unique portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on more than twenty years of conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice’s observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is apparent in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution―and for opera.
In Conversations with RBG, Justice Ginsburg discusses the future of Roe v. Wade, her favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life, and of course the future of the Supreme Court itself. These frank exchanges illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired Americans of all ages to embrace the woman known to all as “Notorious RBG.”
Whatever the topic, Justice Ginsburg always has something interesting―and often surprising―to say. And while few of us will ever have the opportunity to chat with her face-to-face, Jeffrey Rosen brings us by her side as never before. Conversations with RBG is a deeply felt portrait of an American hero.
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- News Story Remembering RBG, a woman who lived a life defying expectations
- Social Media: Jeffrey Rosen on Twitter
Title: Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West
Author: Neylan McBaine
Synopsis: In 1895, Utah’s leading suffragist, Emmeline B. Wells, welcomed her friends Susan B. Anthony and Reverend Anna Howard Shaw to a gathering of more than 8,000 people from around the nation at the Rocky Mountain Suffrage Convention. Tensions and setbacks had defined the effort to enfranchise women up until that point, but the women gathered in Utah to celebrate the suffrage movement’s recent wins and strategize their next triumphs. Pioneering the Vote tells the remarkable, largely unknown story of the early suffrage victories that happened in states and territories in the American West when the East was still decades away from the 19th Amendment. With the encouragement of the Eastern leaders, women from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho came together in a unique moment of friendship and a unified purpose to secure the vote for women in America.
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- Author website: Neylan McBaine is an author, public speaker, and non-profit leader dedicated to amplifying the stories of American women, with a specific focus on women of Utah and the Western U.S.
Title: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
Author: Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore, Donna Brazile, Veronica Chambers
This book is not only “for colored girls who have considered politics” but also for everyone interested in behind-the-scenes politics: how political campaigns work, how social change is effected over the decades, and how each generation of activists (ideally) passes its experiences on to the next.
Synopsis: The four most powerful African American women in politics share the story of their friendship and how it has changed politics in America.
The lives of black women in American politics are remarkably absent from the shelves of bookstores and libraries. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is a sweeping view of American history from the vantage points of four women who have lived and worked behind the scenes in politics for over thirty years―Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore―a group of women who call themselves The Colored Girls. Like many people who have spent their careers in public service, they view their lives in four-year waves where presidential campaigns and elections have been common threads. For most of the Colored Girls, their story starts with Jesse Jackson’s first campaign for president. From there, they went on to work on the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Barack Obama, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Over the years, they’ve filled many roles: in the corporate world, on campaigns, in unions, in churches, in their own businesses, and in the White House. Through all of this, they’ve worked with those who have shaped our country’s history―US Presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, well-known political figures such as Terry McAuliffe and Howard Dean, and legendary activists and historical figures such as Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, and Betty Shabazz.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics is filled with personal stories that bring to life heroic figures, we all know and introduce us to some of those who’ve worked behind the scenes but are still hidden. Whatever their perch, the Colored Girls are always focused on the larger goal of “hurrying history” so that every American ― regardless of race, gender, or religious background ― can have a seat at the table. This is their story.
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