Beacon’s Bestsellers and Highlights of 2016
December 28, 2016
It’s December, which means it’s time for our holiday sale! All this month, get 30% off every purchase on our website using code HOLIDAY30. This year, we’re donating 20% of all sales in December to the Water Protector Legal Collective, which provides legal support for water protection activities in resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Now, more than ever, these titles will be timely and necessary as we transition to the new administration.
Looking for a title, but don’t know where to begin? Get started with this list we put together of our bestsellers and highlights of 2016. Happy book hunting and Happy New Year!
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, prominent scholar Christopher Emdin offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education. Emdin’s book made it on the New York Times’ bestseller lists of Race & Civil Rights and Education.
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
Artemis Joukowsky, with a foreword by Ken Burns
This official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film tells the little-known story of the Sharps, an otherwise ordinary couple whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them to undertake dangerous rescue and relief missions across war-torn Europe, saving the lives of countless refugees, political dissidents, and Jews on the eve of World War II. Our director Helene Atwan attended a special screening of the documentary at the White House with Joukowsky.
“All the Real Indians Died Off” And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker
In this enlightening book, scholars and activists Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker unpack the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations.
The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh
This new gift edition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic guide to meditation and mindfulness features archival photography and beautiful calligraphy by the zen master.
The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America
Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann set out to examine what it means to die well in the United States. She brings us intimate portraits of the nurses, patients, bishops, bioethicists, and activists who are shaping the way we die.
The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Modern-day civil rights champion Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America’s racial divide. He gave a rousing speech at this year’s Democratic National Convention.
Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman
Why have the monotheistic religions failed to produce societies that live up to their ethical ideals? Prominent rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman answers this question by looking at his own faith and offering a way for religion to heal itself.
The Radical King
Martin Luther King, Jr., edited and introduced by Cornel West
This revealing collection of twenty-three selections restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X.
Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy
Mary Frances Berry
In this timely and nonpartisan book, Dr. Berry focuses on voter manipulation and electoral corruption—and the importance of stimulating voter turnout and participation.
Interfaith Leadership: A Primer
In this book, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel offers a guide for students, groups, and organizations seeking to foster interfaith dialogue and promote understanding across religious lines.
The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary
Atef Abu Saif
In this unforgettable memoir, young father and novelist Atef Abu Saif renders everyday civilian life shattered by Israel’s 2014 invasion of Gaza. The Drone Eats with Me was selected as an Indies Introduce Debut Authors Pick for Fall/Winter 2016!
One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York
In this biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Arthur Browne reveals an important and compelling social history of African Americans in New York City from the 1910s to 1960 through the life of Samuel Battle, the New York Police Department’s first black officer. One Righteous Man is the winner of the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Nonfiction.
Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl
In his coming-of-age memoir, pop-music critic and culture journalist Rashod Ollison recounts growing up in central Arkansas as he searched for himself and his distant father through soul music. Soul Serenade was selected as an Indies Introduce Debut Authors Pick for Winter/Spring 2016!
Same Family, Different Colors: Confronting Colorism in America’s Diverse Families
Lori L. Tharps
Weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis, journalist Lori L. Tharps explores the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States. The New York Times Book Review says “[t]his thoughtful, honest, historically textured and valuable book offers a detailed and current syllabus of work on the social and cultural meanings of colorism around the world and brings colorism ‘out of the closet.’”
The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan
In this memoir of Karachi seen through the eyes of its women, author, attorney and civil rights activist Rafia Zakaria tells the parallel stories of her aunt Amina’s polygamous marriage and Pakistan’s hopes and betrayals. The Upstairs Wife is listed on Indiebound’s Inspired Recommendations from Indie Booksellers for Reading Groups Winter 2016-2017.