Sarah's List of Books that Give me Hope During Quarantine!


-Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown: This book is all about taking clues from nature to learn how to live and how to organize, and there's never been a better time to pause life-as-we-know-it and seek out the wisdom of the trees, flocks of animals, and oceans.

-A Paradise Built In Hell by Rebecca Solnit: This book examines the social impact and response of ordinary people during 5 major disasters around the world, coming to hopeful conclusions about what communities are capable of and showing us that people are prepared to help each other and show up when we need it. "Disaster sociology" is something I never anticipated being so grateful for.

-Mr Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn: With theaters closed across the world, what better time to pick up a play about a post-apocalyptic time when people long for the entertainment they can no longer access? Specifically, the characters in this play really miss The Simpsons, and go to extraordinary lengths to recreate TV episodes that remind them of their former normal lives. 

-White Noise by Don DeLillo: Is it an apocalyptic novel? Is it an absurd parody of modern life just close enough to reality to make your skin crawl? Surprise! Both. There was a deep creeping fear within me as I read this, but the end result was to make me recognize the parts of my life that I hardly noticed (going to the grocery store, taking photos of famous landmarks), and start to notice them.

-Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi: This is a cookbook. Everything in it has warm flavors, savory and deep and homestyle and everything I've been craving during this time. It's food that feels like it has been around for 10,000 years and will never go away. 


Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143118077
Published: Penguin Books - August 31st, 2010

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Mr. Burns and Other Plays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559364812
Published: Theatre Communications Group - March 14th, 2017

White Noise: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Don DeLillo, Richard Powers (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105985
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 29th, 2009

Jerusalem: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607743941
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2012