It is finally beginning to feel like summer in Massachusetts. Reflecting on our multi-issue approach to civil rights and civil liberties, and our love of good beach reads, ACLU of Massachusetts staff pulled together a collection of must-read books for your summer reading list. 

  • Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 
  • One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
  • The 1619 Project: America Was Not a Democracy Until Black Americans Made It One by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • The Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko 
  • Migrating to Prison: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants by Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez
  • Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox and Leslie George 
  • She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
  • So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami 
  • Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All by Suzanne Nossel
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • Shout Your Abortion by Amelia Bonow and Emily Nokes
  • Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon
  • These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

Do you have suggestions for next year's list? Contact [email protected].