Staff Book Recommendations

By Poder NC Action

By Poder NC Action

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America

Stacey Abrams

$27.99 $25.75

Stacey Abrams basically wrote THE manual for how to build independent political power. In this book she gives us the blueprint for how to build power that reflects those most marginalized. If you want to know what direction Poder NC Action is going in, then read this book.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

Alicia Garza

$27.00 $24.84

Doing organizing and community work is not for the faint of heart and in this book Ms. Garza, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, shares some of her organizing journey.

The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina, Revised and Expanded Second Edition: New Roots in the Old North State

Hannah Gill


Now thoroughly updated and revised—with a new chapter on the Dreamer movement and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)—this book offers North Carolinians a better understanding of their Latino neighbors, illuminating rather than enflaming debates on immigration. In the midst of a tumultuous political environment, North Carolina continues to feature significant in-migration of Mexicans and Latin Americans from both outside and inside the United States. Drawing on the voices of migrants as well as North Carolinians from communities affected by migration, Hannah Gill explains how larger social forces are causing demographic shifts, how the state is facing the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes, and how migrants experience the economic and social realities of their lives. Gill makes connections between our hometowns and the globalization of people, money, technology, and culture by shedding light on the many diverse North Carolina residents who are such a vital part of the state's population but are often unrecognized in many ways. This book is essential for everyone, including students and teachers, who wants to understand what is at stake for all parties and wants to work toward solutions.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

$27.00 $24.84

“What do you do after you have written Stamped From the Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas? . . . If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book. . . . What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”—The New York Times

A People's History of American Empire: The American Empire Project, a Graphic Adaptation (S&s Hdcvr)

Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, et al.

$29.00 $26.68

Narrated by Zinn, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam, and the Iranian revolution. The book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America's leading historians. Shifting from world-shattering events to one family's small revolutions, A People's History of American Empire presents the classic ground-level history of America in a dazzling new form.

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

Maria Hinojosa

$28.00 $25.76

In Once I Was You, Maria shares her intimate experience growing up Mexican American on the South Side of Chicago. She offers a personal and illuminating account of how the rhetoric around immigration has not only long informed American attitudes toward outsiders, but also sanctioned willful negligence and profiteering at the expense of our country’s most vulnerable populations—charging us with the broken system we have today. An urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all, this honest and heartrending memoir paints a vivid portrait of how we got here and what it means to be a survivor, a feminist, a citizen, and a journalist who owns her voice while striving for the truth.

Tío Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos Into the Political Revolution

Chuck Rocha

$19.98 $18.38

This book drives home the very obvious point that when you actually invest in a vote and community you can actually get them to vote for your community. You get the actual people from that community to run these programs then it can happen. I wanted Bernie to win, but this gives me hope for the future.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

$17.00 $15.64

“A searing, moving and infuriating memoir . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela. For decades he has fought judges, prosecutors and police on behalf of those who are impoverished, black or both. . . . Injustice is easy not to notice when it affects people different from ourselves; that helps explain the obliviousness of our own generation to inequity today. We need to wake up. And that is why we need a Mandela in this country.”—Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

The House of the Spirits

Isabel Allende

$18.00 $16.56

Follows 3 generations of the Trueba family in Chile during political unrest and social change

Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History

Elizabeth Ferrer


Whether at UFW picket lines in California's Central Valley or capturing summertime street life in East Harlem Latinx photographers have documented fights for dignity and justice as well as the daily lives of ordinary people. Their powerful, innovative photographic art touches on family, identity, protest, borders, and other themes, including the experiences of immigration and marginalization common to many of their communities. Yet the work of these artists has largely been excluded from the documented history of photography in the United States.