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Progressive Books You HAVE To Read

This article showcases our top picks for the best Progressive Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).

We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects by Joshua Pearce

This product was recommended by Lora Zoble from McGraw Hill

Many progressives are looking for ways to vote their progressive values in the marketplace, but often find it difficult to find products from companies that share their values. Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects provides another option – make the products yourself using digital tools and free designs. Designed for beginners, this engaging guide is filled with ways to save money by making use of free and open-source technologies on a wide and impressive range of products. Written by a leader in the field of open-source technology, the book reveals the potential of at-home manufacturing and recycling projects―and even how to score free big-ticket items, including housing and electricity. All the projects have big money saving in mind, but also big fun!


The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza

This product was recommended by Brack Nelson from Incrementors

Ms. Garza has written a very modern and much-needed book on power, particularly Black Power. As she makes it very clear, we cannot erase, deny, or hide the excellent leadership of Black women for issues concerning all rights for Black people and others that are abused and marginalized. There are so many lessons learned and penetrations from her work as an organizer that we should all learn and us. We cannot proceed to do business as common and we must reimagine power for all residents, particularly Black Power in order to effect real change in this country for all citizens.


A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

This product was recommended by Tara Button from BuyMeOnce

This book teaches us how rampant consumption has created damaging waste, clutter and even chronic loneliness. This book teaches us how society got into this mess, and more importantly what we can do about it. Through a process the author calls Mindful Curation the reader will learn how to buy only those things that will nurture and serve them well into the long-term, curing clutter, shopping addiction, waste and stress.


Political Malpractice in America by Randall L. Hull

This product was recommended by Leslie Standridge from LAVIDGE

Political Malpractice in America: Republic at Risk, which presents an impartial analysis on the current state of American democracy and solutions for resolving political, economic and cultural divisiveness. Drawing from his lengthy experience on the frontlines of global business activity, Hull analyzes the crisis posed to the U.S. by unchecked capitalism, deepening wealth inequality, globalization, climate change, systematic racism, global and domestic terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic, and government’s failure to confront, debate and solve these challenges. Hull goes beyond a diagnosis by providing real-world solutions rooted in restoring the founding American principles of equality and justice, including holding elected leaders accountable, restoring a balanced capitalism and nurturing an equality of conditions and opportunities.


MOM AF by Christine Michel Carter

This product was recommended by Christine Michel Carter from ChristineCarter

MOM AF follows bestselling author and the #1 global voice for working moms Christine Michel Carter’s journey to owning her sh*t (the good and the bad) and redefining what truly makes her one sane, strong, and sexy mother. What’s interesting is that the book is becoming a cult classic for moms because it reminds them of Candice Bushnell’s Sex and the City, but from the Black mom perspective. Everyone thinks life ends after marriage and baby… spoiler alert: it doesn’t! MOM AF is being called a sister circle in a book by mom celebrities and everyday moms and since its release in 2019 a copy of the book is consistently sold every other day on Amazon alone. Its distribution has expanded to Walmart, Target and Barnes & Noble, where it is a recommended staff pick.


Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

This product was recommended by Phil Watson from Barbecue Grill Review

I absolutely love Disability Visibility, it’s such a powerful, inclusive, and just amazing and truly wonderful collection of personal stories from the disability community. This book celebrates 30 years of the American’s with Disabilities Act by offering first-hand stories of many people with disabilities, each of whom has unique perspective and experience. I found myself utterly consumed as I read through each chapter.


Mix, Melt, Mend by Dayna Altman

This product was recommended by Dayna Altman from Bake it Till You Make it LLC

Mix, Melt, Mend: Owning My Story & Finding My Freedom is the authentic account and journey of Dayna Altman. Dayna, a mental health advocate and the creator of Bake it Till You Make it Org uses this book to tell her personal story in the framework of a recipe. Overcoming suicidal ideation, living with mental illness and surviving sexual violence, Dayna models vulnerable storytelling in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. Dayna is notorious for connecting mental health stories, resources and baking, creating a palatable and accessible way for all to find community, connection, and healing.


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