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Soft Heart Book Club Reading List

Welcome to the Soft Heart Book Club, your leftist book club with a focus on cultivating care and connection to enable us to better drive change and co-create the world we want to live in. 

We're starting up again in 2024!

Each month, we'll read a book together. We will discuss it asynchronously in our online community, and then we'll end the month with a synchronous meeting to connect with each other and talk more deeply about the themes that came up in the book.

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Soft Heart Book Club Reading List

Check out all books that have been on the list in this collection here.

You can pick up these books at your local library, local indie bookstore, or if you're buying online, I'd recommend getting them at Bookshop.org which is an excellent Amazon alternative for buying books that shares profits with independent bookstores around the country. (All links below go to Bookshop.org and are affiliate links which means your purchase also supports this book club being run 💜) If you're struggling to find a copy, please reach out to me via email or Discord, and I'm sure I can help you out 🤝

2024

The book club will meet the last Thursday of each month at 12pm Pacific time (3pm US Eastern, 9pm Central European), and we meet in our Discord server.

I strongly recommend putting books for later months on hold in your library now or purchasing them early, as sometimes they can take some time to arrive 😘

  • March 28 Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation explores the intersections of race, Buddhism, social justice, and personal awakening. Let's explore liberatory thinking internally, before moving on to how we create liberatory systems externally.
  • April 25Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times by Carla Bergman , et al. explores how rigid radicalism smuggles itself into radical spaces, and how it is being undone, so we can create truly radical change.
  • May 30 - Practicing New Worlds by Andrea Ritchie , et al. explores how principles of emergence, adaptation, iteration, resilience, transformation, interdependence, decentralization and fractalization can shape organizing toward a world without the violence of surveillance, police, prisons, jails, or cages of any kind, in which we collectively have everything we need to survive and thrive.
  • June 27Be a Revolution by Ijeoma Oluo explores how people across America are working to create real positive change in our structures. Let's keep getting tactical about how we can truly be the change we want to see in the world.
  • July 25 - TBD
  • August 29 - TBD
  • September 26 - Everyday Utopia by Kristen Ghodsee  offers a radically hopeful vision for how to build more contented and connected societies, alongside a practical guide to what we all can do in the meantime to live the good life each and every day. (Can't read this one sooner because the paperback doesn't come out until July!)

See past readings below

2024

 

  • February 29 -  Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber explores the phenomenon of jobs that don't really need doing and why they exist anyway.
  • January 25 -  Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa, a fictional account of Palestinian love, life, and resistance written by a Palestinian-American author.
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