Be Your Own Hero Recommended Books

By Louise Julig

By Louise Julig

The Only Good Indians

Stephen Graham Jones

$16.99 $15.63

Fast-paced and riveting, this macabre novel with supernatural elements tells what went wrong in the lives of four American Indian men in the ten-year aftermath of an elk hunt gone awry.

Heavy: An American Memoir

Kiese Laymon

$16.00 $14.72

This book is stunning in its immediacy, its intimacy, and its unflinching honesty. Kiese Laymon spares no one, especially himself, in this memoir filled with incisive reflection rooted in a deep and abiding love.

Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems

Natalie Diaz

$16.00 $14.72

Diaz uses the vehicle of the body to explore themes of desire, erasure, and what it means to be Indigenous in America in this Pulitzer Prize-winning collection

Moments of Being: Second Edition

Virginia Woolf

$16.99 $15.63

In these previously unpublished essays, Virginia Woolf explores her complicated relationships with her family in an eye-opening look at the waning Victorian era, and offers insights on writing and the creative life as only she can.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

$17.00 $15.64

Joan Didion's extraordinary chronicle of the year following her husband's death shows what it's like to confront unimagined grief and come out the other side.

You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

$28.00 $25.76

A humorous yet no-holds-barred accounting of the mind-boggling number and variety of racist encounters co-author Lacey Lamar has faced in her home state of Nebraska. Recommended for someone starting out on an anti-racism education or wants a book that focuses more on personal stories than the sweep of history.

Blow Your House Down: A Story of Family, Feminism, and Treason

Gina Frangello

$27.00 $24.84

This searing memoir unflinchingly examines the author's life as her marriage implodes, while at the same time situating herself in the greater context of women's place in contemporary society. Beautifully written and riveting.

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Kristen Joiner and Judith Heumann

$25.95 $23.87

Heumann contracted polio as a toddler and grew up disabled in the '50s. This book was a real eye-opener as to what people with disabilities have had to fight for since then. A quick, engaging read.

102 Minutes

Jim Dwyer

$25.00 $23.00

A riveting account based on hundreds of oral histories, communications records, and contemporaneous news reports of what happened that day in that place.

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

Rebecca Solnit

$18.00 $16.56

Comes highly recommended, and anything by Rebecca Solnit writes is bound to be good.

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations

Mira Jacob

$20.00 $18.40

A graphic memoir that examines the messy bonds of family through the lens of growing up as a child of Indian immigrants in New Mexico in the '80s and as the mother of a biracial child in New York City in the 2010s. Could not put it down.

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Rebecca Hall and Hugo Martínez

$29.99 $27.59

Graphic nonfiction that explores one woman's search for an elusive history we don't often hear about.

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Amelia Nagoski and Emily Nagoski

$17.00 $15.64

This science-based, feminist work is easy to read but extremely pithy. Emily and Amelia Nagoski pull back the cover on the patriarchal underpinnings of why women feel so burnt out, and what we can do about it.

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

As good as everybody says. Every time I thought I could predict what was going to happen or how a character would behave, something much subtler transpired.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

$25.99 $23.91

Fascinating. Even if you aren't a graphic artist or really into comics, I guarantee you will come away with some new ways of thinking about storytelling.

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

Athena Dixon


This memoir-in-essays explores themes of belonging and taking up space through the lens of being fat, Black, and Midwestern.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo

$16.00 $14.72

Is it the be-all, end-all book on racism? No. Is it still incredibly helpful? I think so.

Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping

Matthew Salesses

$16.95 $15.59

Why had I never heard anyone talk about how craft is the product of cultural expectations before this? I underlined like crazy.