by Victoria Storm

Political statements aside, we can’t change stuff unless we know stuff. Whether you’re spending your free time calling your representatives, marching, or just anxiously refreshing your BBC app, it’s never (in our lifetimes) been more important to understand our government, understand people, and understand history.

There are a thousand books to read about all this, but we put together a starting point for you all to get your Resistance on. (Also, I put stars next to my favorites because this is my article and I can.)

Essays/Short Stories:

  • On Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau *
  • Politics and the English Language - George Orwell
  • We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Devil in America - Kai Ashante Wilson


  • The Constitution * (duh, gotta love that Constitution)
  • A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut **
  • The Constitution Today - Akhil Reed Amar
  • Democracy in America - Alexis De Tocqueville *
  • Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement - Angela Y. Davis
  • Down and Out in London and Paris - George Orwell
  • 101 Changemakers – edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran
  • Who Are We? The Challenges to American National Identity - Samuel P. Huntington
  • The United States of Fear - Tom Engelhardt
  • Howard Zinn Speaks - Howard Zinn
  • Hope in the Dark - Rebecca Solnit
  • All the speeches/letters/everything of Martin Luther King Jr.

Dystopian Fiction:

  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Brave New World - Adolus Huxley
  • It Can’t Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis
  • The Handmaiden’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • In the Heart of the Valley of Love - Cynthia Kadohata
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Harry Potter: Because it makes everything better. ****

Additional Recommendation: Take in any book/movie/podcast featuring stories of people completely different from you. If you don’t know anything about the life of a Somalian refugee, try to read something about one. If you can’t imagine what it would be like to be a Black woman in the tech industry, find a story. Human connection and understanding each other’s stories can save us from ourselves.

And if you take any of these recommendations, or better yet have some of your own, hit us up on Instagram with #BelovedIsReading!!