Rebecca Solnit has written another timely, masterful collection of essays. Here, her focus is on the power to control narrative and the long arc of social progress. Solnit’s skills as a writer and thinker remain unsurpassed. Recommended By Keith M., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle royale over that foundational power, one in which women, people of color, non-straight people are telling other versions, and white people and men and particularly white men are trying to hang onto the old versions and their own centrality. In Whose Story Is This? Rebecca Solnit appraises what's emerging and why it matters and what the obstacles are.
"A riot of quirkiness and eccentricity, and the mood of the book, which shifts from droll humor to melancholy to gentle vulnerability, is unclassifiable — and just right." Kirkus
"Solnit's passionate, shrewd, and hopeful critiques are a road map for positive change."
"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 reasserts herself here as one of the most astute cultural critics in progressive discourse."
"Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading." The New Republic
About the Author
Writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster, including Call Them By Their True Names (Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction), Men Explain Things to Me, The Mother of All Questions, and Hope in the Dark, all also with Haymarket; a trilogy of atlases of American cities; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she is a columnist at the Guardian.