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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee Book List

Here are some of the books on our ever expanding list!

There are books that have helped us grow, books to comfort, books to inspire, books we are curious about, books we question, books that make us feel deeply, books of poetry, works of fiction, pieces of prose, and there will be more!

Feel free to send us books on your list. (The list is in no particular order.)



Poetry Like Bread edited by Martin Espada

Life On Mars by Tracy K Smith

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker 

I Shimmer Sometimes Too by Porsha Olayiwola 

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Corazòn by Yesika Salgado

Citizen by Claudia Rankine



Meridian by Alice Walker

The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Segu by Marise Conde

God’s Bits of Wood by Ousman Sembene

Elatsoe by Darcy Little Badger


Science Fiction

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Octavia’s Brood by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Life On Mars by Tracy K Smith

Cosmos Latinos by Andrea L. Bell

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

Dark Matter by Sheree Thomas



Sizwe Bansi is Dead by John Kani and Winston Ntshona

Ncamisa! Kiss the Women by Pam Ngwabeni

Undesirable Elements by Ping Chong

The Who and the What by Ayad Akhtar 

Cherokee Family Reunion by Larissa FastHorse

The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by August Wilson

Blu by Virginia Grise

The America Play by Suzanne Lori Parks

Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez

Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimke



Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Farming While Black by Leah Penniman

All About Love by bell hooks

We Do This ‘Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars by Kai Cheng Thom

How We Get Free edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid Menon

The Straight State by Margot Canaday

Gay New York by George Chauncey

True Sex by Emily Skidmore

The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy & Dossie Easton

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Women Race & Class by Angela Y. Davis

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism by Angela Y. Davis

Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson

Untamed by Glennon Doyle 

Bad Theology Kills by Kevin Garcia

Outside the Lines by Mihee Kim-Kort 

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown 

Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid Menon

Queering Femininity by Hannah McCann

Soft Femme (zines) by Andi Schwartz 

The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice by Staci Haines 


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