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The Best of the Broadside in 2018

Beacon’s Bestsellers of 2018

Beacon's Bestsellers of 2018

With a book on the New York Times bestsellers list, it’s been an amazing year for Beacon. Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility has been on the list for twenty-four weeks in a row! This may be a record for us. It just goes to show you how the need for Robin’s critical analysis of whiteness and white supremacy isn’t fading any time soon. But White Fragility wasn’t our only bestseller this year. We’ve got such classics as Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred as well as recent books, like Jeanne Theoharis’s A More Beautiful and Terrible History and Charlene A. Carruthers’s Unapologetic, keeping Robin’s book company in this roundup. Check out all our bestsellers!

EMDIN-For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Christopher Emdin

“Filled with exceptional intellectual sophistication and necessary wisdom for the future of education.”
—Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry 

BRYANT-The Heritage

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
Howard Bryant

“It may make people uncomfortable, but I’m pleased that Howard Bryant has chosen to tell the story of our heritage.”
—Henry Aaron, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer

DUNBAR-ORTIZ-An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

“A must-read for anyone interested in the truth behind this nation’s founding.” 
Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, PhD, Jicarilla Apache author, historian, and publisher of Tiller’s Guide to Indian Country

THURMAN-Jesus and the Disinherited

Jesus and the Disinherited
Howard Thurman

“[Jesus and the Disinherited] is the centerpiece of the Black prophet-mystic’s lifelong attempt to bring the harrowing beauty of the African-American experience into deep engagement with what he called ‘the religion of Jesus.’”
—Vincent Harding, from the Foreword


Octavia E. Butler

“Octavia Butler is a writer who will be with us for a long, long time, and Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again.”
—Harlan Ellison 

FRANKL-Man's Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl

“An enduring work of survival literature.”
New York Times 

NHAT HANH-The Miracle of Mindfulness

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh

“Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”
—Sogyal Rinpoche 

THEOHARIS-A More Beautiful and Terrible History

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
Jeanne Theoharis

“An important book that sheds new light on our recent past and yields a fresh understanding of our tumultuous present.”
—Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 

BALDWIN-Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son
James Baldwin

“A straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating intensity.”
—Langston Hughes

WEST-Race Matters

Race Matters, 25th Anniversary Edition
Cornel West

“Cornel West is one of the most authentic, brilliant, prophetic, and healing voices in America today. We ignore his truth in Race Matters at our personal and national peril.”
—Marian Wright Edelman 

BARBER-The Third Reconstruction

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

“A remarkable story about a great justice movement, led by an American prophet. Everyone interested in justice should read this book.”
—James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary 


Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements
Charlene A. Carruthers

“She offers us a guide to getting free with incisive prose, years of grassroots organizing experience, and a deeply intersectional lens.”
—Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty 

OFRI-What Doctors Feel

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
Danielle Ofri

“A fascinating journey into the heart and mind of a physician struggling to do the best for her patients while navigating an imperfect health care system.”
Boston Globe 

KING-Where Do We Go from Here

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In this book—his last grand expression of his vision—he put forward his most prophetic challenge to powers that be and his most progressive program for the wretched of the earth.”
—Cornel West

DIANGELO-White Fragility

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Robin DiAngelo

“The value in White Fragility lies in its methodical, irrefutable exposure of racism in thought and action, and its call for humility and vigilance.”
The New Yorker 

OLIVER-Why I Wake Early

Why I Wake Early
Mary Oliver

“The gift of Oliver’s poetry is that she communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable”
Miami Herald


Beacon's Bestsellers of 2018