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Call Them by Their True Names
American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit unearths the roots of our contemporary crises, countering the despair of our age with a dose of solidarity, creativity, and hope.

“Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading.” —The New Republic

“Solnit’s exquisite essays move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy.” —Elle

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books including the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me. Called “the voice of the resistance” by the New York Times, she has emerged as an essential guide to our times, through incisive commentary on feminism, violence, ecology, hope, and everything in between.

In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, Solnit turns her attention to the war at home. This is a war, she says, “with so many casualties that we should call it by its true name, this war with so many dead by police, by violent ex-husbands and partners and lovers, by people pursuing power and profit at the point of a gun or just shooting first and figuring out who they hit later.” To get to the root of these American crises, she contends that “to acknowledge this state of war is to admit the need for peace,” countering the despair of our age with a dose of solidarity, creativity, and hope.

Reviews
  • “Rebecca Solnit is a treasure.”
    Marketplace
     
    “Solnit’s exquisite essays move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy.”
    ELLE
     
    “Rebecca Solnit is the voice of the resistance.”
    New York Times Magazine
     
    "No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that's marked this new millennium."
    —Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org
     
    “Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading.”
    The New Republic

Other books by Rebecca Solnit

  • Cinderella Liberator

    Rebecca Solnit radicalizes a classic fairytale with a fresh, feminist Cinderella and new plot twists that will inspire young readers to change the world.

  • The Mother of All Questions

    The Mother of All Questions is Solnit’s sequel to Men Explain Things to Me and includes her new essays on feminism.
  • Los Hombres Me Explican Cosas

    A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word “mansplaining,” and prompted fierce arguments.
  • Hope in the Dark

    Bestselling author Rebecca Solnit reminds us that activism has changed the world in remarkable ways.
  • Men Explain Things To Me

    A landmark essay that went viral, inspired the word “mansplaining,” and prompted fierce arguments.