On the list for this weekend: Ambelin Kwaymullina thoughtfully dissects the myths at the heart of Australian colonial history in Living on Stolen Land, while Pragya Agarwal makes sense of unconscious bias in Sway.
People Without Power is Thomas Frank’s thought-provoking analysis of populism, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. looks back at James Baldwin’s post-Civil Rights America in Begin Again and in The Cat and the City, Nick Bradley offers up a seldom-explored vision of Tokyo. Let’s check out the list.
Living on Stolen Land, Sway, People Without Power, Begin Again and The Cat and the City are among the finest new books for a weekend of reading.
Living on Stolen Land by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Kwaymullina’s poetic volume contextualises Australian colonial history from an Indigenous perspective. It offers a critical voice in our ever-expanding understanding of our nation’s past and what it means to be Living on Stolen Land. Via Magabala Books.
Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias by Pragya Agarwal
Behavioural scientist Dr Pragya Agarwal delves deep into unintentional bias and how it affects decision making. A prescient examination of this key facet of human behaviour, in an era when identity politics is dominant. See Bloomsbury for more.
People Without Power: the War on Populism and the Fight for Democracy by Thomas Frank
‘Populism’ is a term that is often synonymous with the ugliness of modern politics. Frank launches a defence of the movement in a provocative new book that encompasses historical analysis as well as the present. More at Scribe.
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Glaude retraces the writings of James Baldwin, whose seminal works address the failure of America to confront its past in the wake of the Civil Rights movement. Now in the midst of a new reckoning, Glaude asks if we can heed the lessons of Baldwin in order to create a new future. Via Penguin.
The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley
A stray cat traverses the lanes of Tokyo—the world’s largest metropolis. Meeting people who are living on the margins of society along the way, linking their disparate lives together. See Atlantic for more.