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Necessary Trouble
Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt | Sarah Jaffe
The 2008 financial crisis crystallized for people around the country the fact that something was wrong. Americans had already been losing faith in elites who had failed to protect them from crisis after crisis and disaster after disaster. After the collapse, we expected someone to have a solution but were inevitably disappointed. Instead, we got high and rising unemployment, foreclosures spiraling out of control, and, as the protest chant went, banks got bailed out, we got sold out. The spark was slow to start, but it has grown since. Tea Partiers challenged conservative politicians to keep their promises; Wisconsinites took over their capitol to demand a halt to cuts to their union rights; Walmart and fast-food workers went on strike for a raise; Wall Street found itself Occupied; the deaths of unarmed young men touched off a twenty-first-century black freedom struggle. The movements swelled, intersected, and spread around the country, helped along by social media. At their core, they were all challenges to who wields power in the US, regardless of political allegiance. Telling this story matters because it challenges the narrative that Americans are apathetic and indifferent to politics and that there is no common ground between Left and Right. Necessary Trouble offers readers an understanding of today's new radicals--the troublemakers of all stripes who refuse to sit any longer on the sidelines and wait for things to improve.
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Kinga-Bee
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You guys need to read this book. But it's gonna make you mad. I'm only a third in but really going to town with my index post-its. That chapter on Walmart...

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Kelly
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Light reading with breakfast.

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Kathrin
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I think this book has been a turning point in my political thinking. While several movements have been covered, the emphasis was certainly on the intersectionality and I think that's powerful stuff. Can't recommend it enough!!

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Kathrin
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Once again... I am really impressed with the approach of the author and the amount of research. It's a slow read, because it's just so dense with information but absolutely worth it to gain knowledge in the current and past protest movements in the US.

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Kathrin
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I am really impressed with this book! Great research!

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Kathrin
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My husband says he is watching it out of civic duty... I educate myself in resistance in the meantime! 😋😋😋

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KatyAliceReads
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BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6y
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KatyAliceReads
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It seems appropriate that I should be starting this one today...

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KatyAliceReads
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I had every intention of participating in this upcoming #24in48 but after this past week's cabinet confirmation hearings and the president-elects treatment of the press, I'm opting to attend The Women's March on Chicago instead.

I promise I'll either try to catch up when I get home or catch the next one.

elkeOriginal 👏👏👏👏👏Awesome plan! 6y
auntie_jenn thank you for representing! 6y
k.reads I'm in the same boat! I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to pull it off, but I'm going to try along with you-- stay strong!🤘🏻 (edited) 6y
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KatyAliceReads
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Do you ever become so entranced by a book that it's all you can think about? That you HAVE to buy it because it's driving you mad, but you know it's not in the budget?

WordWaller I neeeeeeed thiiiiiiiis 6y
KatyAliceReads @WordWaller I read an excerpt that was printed in 'Bitch' magazine and now I'm obsessed. 6y
WordWaller @KatyAliceReads I read that too!! I also don't have room in the budget for this book 😩😭 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I picked it up with my audible credit this month! I probably won't get to it until next month, but I see it staring at me waiting.... 6y
KatyAliceReads @WordWaller... I broke out my emergency Amazon gift card... I'm weak. 6y
WordWaller @KatyAliceReads 😂😂😂 no shame!! Do what you Ned to do! 6y
Megabooks Yes!!!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 6y
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ozma.of.oz
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This is the beginning of my #getwoke bookshelf. My main reading goal for 2017 is to read more nonfiction centered around social justice issues. #happynewyear

Jenshootsweddings Me too!!! ❤❤❤ happy New Year! 6y
ozma.of.oz @Jenshootsweddings Happy new year to you as well! 🎉🍾 6y
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emilia
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My last read in 2016 and a perfect way to get ready for the new year.

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This book went to press in the spring of 2016, so the hopeful tone is a little harder to take with the rise of the demagogue-elect. But it is an important, educational, and inspiring read. I knew the basic history of many of these movements, but had not tied them together. This shows the possible impact and the importance of protesting the dangerous policies to come. A good manual for the years to come and the fight ahead.

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GeekGrl82
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Preparing myself for the next few years.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I just put this book on my list to read next year for Litsy's A to Z reading challenge and John Lewis book too! 6y
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Great!

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BeththeBookDragon
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Trying to heal

Nutmegnc Still grieving. 6y
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BeththeBookDragon
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A well timed Litsy recommendation!

DogMomIrene Oh, this looks really good. Looking forward to reading your thoughts about it. 6y
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an essential read on the importance of post 2008 movements - the marches, demonstrations, occupations, & other types of political activism - in the US. this book has everything from the importance of Occupy & the rise of the Tea Party, an in depth look at various labor movements, Black Lives Matter & the militarization of police & more. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#nonfiction #americanpolitics #favsof2016

BeththeBookDragon Can't wait to get this one! 6y
Erin01 @bethfriedman906 I hope you enjoy it! 6y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds very good 6y
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Erin01
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RanaElizabeth Nachos are the best. 6y
I-read-and-eat Looks delicious! 6y
BeththeBookDragon This is on its way to me from the library. Can't wait! 6y
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Erin01
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"The separation of political issues into 'social' & 'economic' in any case is a false dichotomy, and the idea that one's economic self-interest has nothing to do with whether one can control one's own pregnancies or maintain a job without discrimination is simply wrong..."

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Abby-J What's that in your beer? 6y
Erin01 @Abby-J It's actually a tea latte with pumpkin sprinkles on top ☕ 6y
Abby-J Now, I feel like a drunk. To be fair, @lindsayreads and @Keyoung though it was beer, too. And to continue to be fair, the three of us are currently in a brewery. 6y
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Erin01
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just catching up on some magazines at the library, this article on the US election certainly pairs well with one of my current reads 📖

#currentlyreading #librarylove #americanpolitics #booktober

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Caterina
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Question for Kindle users: is this a common phenomenon? When I first got a Kindle, back when it first came out, I seem to remember ebooks being cheaper than physical ones. Now I'm considering getting into using a Kindle again, but it doesn't make sense if it's not cheaper. I'd rather buy the physical book if it's the same price or cheaper than the ebook. #ebooks

sprainedbrain This happens very rarely for me... kindle version is almost always cheaper than the hardcover. When I have seen it, it was always brand new releases. 6y
Caterina @sprainedbrain What about paperbacks? I think most of the books I don't own and want to read are paperback and available for $10 or so on Amazon. 6y
Caterina @sprainedbrain (I have checked a few and noticed they cost a few dollars more for the kindle, which was discouraging) 6y
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sprainedbrain @Caterina I honestly have never checked. I get my paperbacks from thriftbooks.com. 😃 6y
Bookworm83 I'm right there with you, @Caterina . I remember when ebooks first became really popular they were much cheaper than the physical books....I think that was their initial appeal. Now, it is almost as expensive as the actual book 😩 I tend to find that Kindle is a bit cheaper, but if I'm spending $11 on a book, I'd rather have a physical copy 📚 6y
Caterina Hmm, well thanks @sprainedbrain! 6y
Caterina @Bookworm83 I'm glad I'm not crazy and that really was a thing when they first got popular! I feel the same way - if I'm going to pay that much either way, I want to enjoy a physical book! 6y
sprainedbrain @Caterina I am a book hoarder... but I like to shop around for the best deals. I get quite a few for kindle, especially when they go on sale, but I also like BOTM, B&N, and Amazon for hardcover new releases and the occasional paperback. And I'm hooked on thriftbooks too - so cheap! 6y
Erin01 @Caterina I have a Kobo so I mainly buy my ebooks from their store but I like to compare prices before I buy & I've been finding the same thing, the price for ebooks seems to be going up & especially for new releases -I've found that an ebook may be the same price or cheaper than a hardcover, but a paperback is typically the same or less.. which doesn't make much sense to me 6y
BillBlume I do find the ebooks are usually cheaper, but not always. I know they still require a lot of the same production costs as print, so the cost has caught up now that the ereader has gained in popularity and doesn't require the incentive it initially did. For me, the biggest benefit is borrowing books from the library. No overdue fees makes life so much easier and with a car trip required. 6y
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Erin01
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"The call to 'take our country back' or to 'rebuild the American dream' is a way of protesting social and economic inequalities without having to question the entire political and economic system"

I just started this one the other day & I already have a large number of passages highlighted.. #quotablequotes #realtalk #politics

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Erin01
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excited to finally be able to get started on this one 📖 🍁

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JacquelynLovesYou
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"The movements I cover in this book are often figured as discrete phenomena analyzed as if they had each happened in a vacuum. But in fact as I followed them through the years I would find a similar patterns and even direct connections between them. They were all in one way or another shaped by social media and the network both technological and human communication Networks but relied on public space to make their impact felt.

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