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.
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
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
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.