This week’s list of bestselling books offers a rich and diverse range of perspectives and experiences that enrich our understanding of the world. As we celebrate these works, we must reflect on their impact on our collective consciousness, mainly through the lens of feminist scholar and activist bell hooks.
In her book “Teaching to Transgress,” hooks writes, “Education as the practice of freedom…is a way of teaching that anyone can learn. That learning process comes easiest to those of us who teach and believe that there is a sacred aspect of our vocation, who believe that our work is not merely to share information but to share in our student’s intellectual and spiritual growth.”
The books on this list embody this belief, offering information and opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett, for example, explores the complexities of race, identity, and family, challenging readers to grapple with the nuances of these issues. Likewise, “Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall sheds light on the limitations of mainstream feminist movements and calls for a more intersectional approach to feminism.
Even works like “Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe, which focuses on systemic issues and corruption, offer opportunities for growth and understanding. By exposing the deep-rooted problems that have contributed to the opioid crisis, Keefe’s work highlights the need for systemic change and collective action.
As we celebrate these works and their diverse voices, let us remember the importance of education as a practice of freedom and how literature can contribute to our intellectual and spiritual growth.