2016 Post-Election Reading List for Pissed-Off People
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Whatever stage of grief you’re currently grappling with in the wake of the 2016 election, there’s a book for that. The following list addresses some basic needs I’ve encountered as a depressed post-election voter.

Read a book.

Current Events

Flight or Fight / Jessa Crispin
The Self-Induced Socioeconomic Anxiety of White Male Privilege / Propane Jane How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul / Matt Stoller


The Do-It-Yourself-Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad / Adam Gnade
First and Last Notebooks / Simone Weil
Tao Te Ching / Lao Tzu, Ursula K. Le Guin (translator)
Live Through This / Sabrina Chapadjiev (editor)

DIY + Resources

Organizing for Social Change / Kimberley A. Bobo, Jackie Kendall, Steve Max
The ABCs of Socialism / Bhaskar Sunkara
Crowds and Power / Elias Canetti

Express Yourself

Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource / Alex Wrekk
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within / Natalie Goldberg


Do the Work / Steven Pressfield
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking / Edward Burger, Michael Starbird
Difficult Conversations / Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen


We Should All Be Feminists / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service / Laura Kaplan
A Womb of One’s Own / Jane Doe
Black Feminist Thought / Patricia Hill Collins

Race & Class

Where We Stand: Class Matters / bell hooks
Women, Race, & Class / Angela Y. Davis
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness / Michelle Alexander
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis / J.D. Vance


The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood
After Midnight / Irmgard Keun
The Big Book of Post-Collapse Fun / Rachel Sharp
The Dispossessed / Ursula K. Le Guin
1984 / George Orwell

Get Sober, Fight Back

Now more than ever, it’s tempting to wallow in drunkenness and give up. If you’re struggling with drinking or addiction, here are a few reads that helped me get and stay sober in 2016.

Once I quit drinking, I felt like I had superpowers. Turns out you can do so much more when you’re not drinking.

Life on the Rocks Finding Meaning in Recovery and Addiction / Peg O’Connor
Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks & Weirdos / Bucky Sinister
A Walking Tour Of The Places I Hit Rock Bottom / Michelle Tea

BONUS: Check out Ashe Dryden’s list for more books to help you better understand your biases and grow as a person.

Written by Abigail Young on 10 November 2016