“Terms of Service” is a nonfiction web comic by Michael Keller & Josh Neufeld (Al Jazeera) on understanding our role in the world of Big Data.
Here’s a list of the finalists in all four categories…
- The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak (excerpt)
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (excerpt)
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (excerpt)
- Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman (excerpt)
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (excerpt)
- The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker (excerpt)
- Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel (excerpt)
- The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (excerpt)
- Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (our review)
- Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (excerpt)
- Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney
- The Chameleon Couch by Yusef Komunyakaa
- Double Shadow by Carl Phillips
- Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems: 2007-2010 by Adrienne Rich (excerpt)
- Devotions by Bruce Smith
Young People’s Literature:
- My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
- Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (excerpt)
- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin (excerpt)
- Shine by Lauren Myracle
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (excerpt)
via The Millions
Here are the top ten nonfiction books, according to Ms Magazine’s readers:
10. The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
by Jessica Valenti
Seal Press, 2009
Jessica Valenti combats a nation’s virginity complex, arguing that myths about “purity” are damaging to both girls and women. She points the way forward toward a world where women are perceived as more than vessels of chastity.
9. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
by bell hooks
South End Press, 1985
Cementing her place as one of the most influential feminist theorists, hooks’ Feminist Theory explores Kimberle Crenshaw’s conversation-changing idea of intersectionality: the way racism, classism and sexism work together to foster oppression.
8. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
by bell hooks
South End Press, 1999
Named after the famous speech by Sojourner Truth, this must-read by bell hooks discusses black women’s struggle with U.S. racism and sexism since the time of slavery and doesn’t shirk from how white middle- and upper-class feminists have at times failed poor and non-white women.
7. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture
by Ariel Levy
Free Press, 2005
What do phenomena such as Girls Gone Wild say about feminism? This book looks at the ways women today make sex objects of themselves, and she’s not impressed. She chews out false “empowerment” based on self-objectification and offers feminist alternatives.
6. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
by Susan Faludi
This landmark book sounded the alarm about a pervasive backlash against feminism. She painstakingly refutes each insidious anti-feminist argument–for instance, that feminism is responsible for a supposed epidemic of unhappiness in women. What’s really wrong, she says, is that equality hasn’t been achieved; in fact, the struggle has only just begun.
5. Nickel and Dimed
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Metropolitan Books, 2001
Long-time Ms. columnist Barbara Ehrenreich posed undercover as a low-income worker to gain material for this empathetic portrait of how the bottom half lives. She reveals that simply making ends meet is a silent struggle for many Americans, especially for women with families to support.
4. A Room of One’s Own
by Virginia Woolf
Harcourt Brace, 1929
This classic from the 1920s makes a devastatingly eloquent argument with a simple takeaway: For a women artist to thrive, she must have space in which to work and some money for her efforts.
3. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
by Audre Lorde
Crossing Press, 1984
This master work by Audre Lorde, a Caribbean American lesbian feminist writer, collects her prose from the late 70s and early 80s. Many of these pieces made feminist history, including her candid dialogue with Adrienne Rich about race and feminism, her oft-quoted critique of academia “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” and her Open Letter to Mary Daly.
2. C*nt: A Declaration of Independence
by Inga Muscio
Seal Press 2002
Inga Muscio’s 2002 feminist manifesto radicalized a new generation. She argues for the reclaiming of the tarnished word cunt, and discusses her personal experiences with self-protection, sex work, abortion and solidarity.
1. Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics
by bell hooks
South End Press, 2000
Fittingly, in Ms. readers’ favorite feminist book of all time, bell hooks argues that feminism is for everybody, regardless of race, gender or creed. She urges all to live a feminism that finds commonality across differences and makes room for impassioned debate.
via Ms Magazine Blog
The shortlist will be revealed on 14 June, with the winner announced on 6 July.
The longlist in full:
Tolstoy by Rosamund Bartlett
Afghantsy by Rodric Braithwaite
Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Mao’s Great Famine by Frank Dikötter
Caravaggio by Andrew Graham Dixon
Liberty’s Exiles by Maya Jasanoff
Capitalism 4.0 by Anatole Kaletsky
Scott-land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly
People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry
The Bridge by David Remnick
The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley
Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg
Reprobates by John Stubbs
Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock
Bomber County by Daniel Swift
Sex Before the Sexual Revolution by Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher
Amexica: War Along The Borderline by Ed Vulliamy
- Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (at The Millions, Egan’s Year in Reading, excerpt)
- Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (at The Millions, excerpt)
- David Grossman, To the End of the Land (review)
- Hans Keilson, Comedy in a Minor Key (profile)
- Paul Murray, Skippy Dies (review, Murray’s Year in Reading, excerpt)
- S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches (excerpt)
- Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet (excerpt)
- Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (excerpt)
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (excerpt)
- Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (excerpt)