Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit (Author)
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National Book Award Longlist Winner of the Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Winner of the Foreword INDIE Editor's Choice Prize for Nonfiction
"Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading." --The New Republic

"Solnit's exquisite essays move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy." --Elle

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me. Called "the voice of the resistance" by the New York Times, she has emerged as an essential guide to our times, through her incisive commentary on feminism, violence, ecology, hope, and everything in between.

In this powerful and wide-ranging collection, Solnit turns her attention to battles over meaning, place, language, and belonging at the heart of the defining crises of our time. She explores the way emotions shape political life, electoral politics, police shootings and gentrification, the life of an extraordinary man on death row, the pipeline protest at Standing Rock, and the existential threat posed by climate change.

The work of changing the world sometimes requires changing the story, the names, and inventing or popularizing new names and terms and phrases. Calling things by their true names can also cut through the lies that excuse, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness in the face of injustice and violence.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Haymarket Books
Publish Date
September 04, 2018
Pages
166
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.7 X 7.4 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781608469468
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About the Author

Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including a trilogy of atlases and the books The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at Harper's.

Reviews

"A searing and super smart call-to-arms that takes on a range of social and political problems in America--from racism and misogyny to climate change and Donald Trump--Call Them by Their True Names features Solnit's signature wit, humor, honesty, and incisive commentary, and beneath it all, a focus on progress and hope." --Poets & Writers "Solnit [is] a powerful cultural critic: as always, she opts for measured assessment and pragmatism over hype and hysteria."
--Publishers Weekly
"Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these essays."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "Rebecca Solnit is a treasure." --Marketplace "Solnit's exquisite essays move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy." --ELLE "Rebecca Solnit is the voice of the resistance." --New York Times Magazine "No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that's marked this new millennium." --Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org "Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading." --The New Republic