Collected Essays by James Baldwin

James Baldwin is one of those writers whose quotes linger with you longer after you first read the essays laced with wisdom. This collection, which I found on Amazon, includes the iconic essays like Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, the Devil Finds Work, and the Fire Next Time.

The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe

This poignant collective of seventeen essays entails the vivid stories of a man growing up amongst colonial forces in Nigeria, and this poignant recollection of personal stories holds universal relevancy. 

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

We see the painful consequences of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election everyday, but there comes a point where we have to transition from sorrow to introspection. This is exactly what HRC does in her book What Happened. She reflects on her past, the campaign-- truly letting us know "What Happened," and inspires women worldwide in the process. 

Brave by Rose McGowan

The #MeToo movement (specifically the allegations towards Hollywood offenders like Harvey Weinstein) should not be condensed to one person, but the personal experiences of Rose McGowan shine a light on the true trauma and the rampant sexualization of women. 

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain has the unique ability to connect people through the very things that make us human: food, culture, flaws, language, history. This book is an illustration of his ability to use self-reflection to make an incomparable impact on the world (not just the culinary one, either). There is no more crucial time to reflect on this man's legacy than now. 

Emily Blake