70 Best History/Social-Science Books

Picked by the staff at Powell’s Bookstore


1. At the Waterline by Brian K Friesen


2. Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson


3. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch


4. Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks Dalton


5. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken


6. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trumps Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need by Naomi Klein


7. Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. by Laura Jane Grace


8. Trans Liberation Beyond Pink Or Blue by Leslie Feinberg


9. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me by Janet Mock


10. Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner


11. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde


12. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis


13. The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing


14. American Eclipse A Nations Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon & Win the Glory of the World by David Baron


15. Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century by Chuck Klosterman


16. Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir by Jenny Forrester


17. Other Slavery The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez, Andraes Resaendez


18. Cubs Way The Zen of Building the BestTeam in Baseball & Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci


19. You Will Not Have My Hate by Leiris, Antoine


20. Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary Younge


21. Marrow Island by Alexis M Smith


22. Dog Gone: A Lost Pets Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home by Pauls Toutonghi


23. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem


24. Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash


25. The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen


26. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Buck, Rinker


27. Reckless: My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde


28. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough


29. Words & Rules The Ingredients of Language by Steven Pinker


30. Mighty Currawongs by Brian Doyle


31. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan


32. Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard


33. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder


34. The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle


35. Tales From The Secret Annex by Frank, Anne


36. Chicago by Brian Doyle


37. Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St Helens by Steve Olson


38. Secondhand Time The Last Of The Soviets An Oral History by Svetlana Alexievich


39. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors


40. Why I Am Not a Feminist A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin


41. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy


42. Tell Me How It Ends An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli


43. Slut Unslut A School Diary by Emily Lindin


44. President & the Assassin McKinley Terror & Empire at the Dawn of the American Century by Scott Miller


45. The Wisdom Books: Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter


46. The Ghost Soldiers by James Tate


47. Scorpions The Battles & Triumphs of FDRs Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman


48. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson


49. The Mother Of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit


50. Bolter by Frances Osborne


51. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


52. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann


53. How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by Peter Moskowitz


54. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel


55. Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich by Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside


56. Wishful Drinking by Fisher, Carrie


57. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance


58. World Will Be Saved by Beauty An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day by Kate Hennessy


59. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond


60. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari


61. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks


62. White Rage The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson


63. To Be Young Gifted and Black by Lorraine Hansberry


64. Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward


65. They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery


66. Pushout The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W Morris


67. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander


68. March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


69. Kindred by Octavia Butler


70. From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


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