Books published by Beacon Press

Our World

Beacon Press (MA) | October 1, 2009 | 85 pages
Photographs and prose from the world Molly Malone Cook and poet Mary Oliver shared for forty years Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, is one of the most celebrated poets in America. Her partner Molly Malone Cook, who died in 2005, was a photographer and pioneer... More Info

White Fragility

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 192 pages
Explores counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality  More Info

The Sacred Hoop

Beacon Press | August 18, 1986 | 311 pages
This pioneering work, first published in 1986, documents the continuing vitality of the American Indian tradition and of women's leadership within that tradition. In her new preface to this edition, Allen reflects on the remarkable resurgence of American Indian pride and culture in recent times.  More Info

Defying the Nazis

Beacon Press | August 29, 2017 | 272 pages
The little-known story of the Sharps whose rescue and relief missions across Europe during World War II saved the lives of countless Jews, refugees, and political dissidents. Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film. For readers captivated by the story of Antonina Zabinski as told in The... More Info

Invisible No More

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 288 pages
A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial... More Info

Junk Raft

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 216 pages
An exciting account of an activist scientist's unorthodox fight in the growing movement against plastic marine pollution and of his expedition across the Pacific on a home-made "junk raft" Over the past several years, the news media has brought the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch"--the famous swirling... More Info

Eros and Civilization

Beacon Press | August 18, 1974 | 277 pages
Contends that Freud's theory of civilization is substantially sociological, and examines the philosophical and sociological implications of key Freudian concepts, applying them in an interpretation of fundamental aspects and processes of civilization. Bibliogs  More Info


Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 344 pages
A social history of alcoholism in the United States, from the seventeenth century to the present day Today, millions of Americans are struggling with alcoholism, but millions are also in long-term recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous and a growing number of recovery organizations are providing support... More Info

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Beacon Press (MA) | August 11, 2015 | 312 pages
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited... More Info

How to Be a Muslim

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 256 pages
A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print.... More Info

The Rediscovered Woman

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 224 pages
What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a... More Info

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 208 pages
A look back at the cultural and political force of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, in celebration of her hundredth birthday Artist-Rebel-Pioneer Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the great American literary icons of the twentieth century, a prot�g� of Langston... More Info

At the Broken Places

Beacon Press | April 25, 2017 | 192 pages
In this collaborative memoir a mother and trans son reflect on the emotionally complex journey they shared as Donald transitioned from female to male. In At the Broken Places, a parent and transgender son recount wrestling with their differences as Donald Collins undertook medical-treatment options... More Info

Man's Search for Meaning

Beacon Press | April 4, 2017 | 200 pages
A young adult edition of the best-selling classic about the Holocaust and finding meaning in suffering, with a photo insert, a glossary of terms, a chronology of Frankl's life, and supplementary letters and speeches Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning is a classic work of Holocaust... More Info

Rescuing Jesus

Beacon Press | October 25, 2016 | 296 pages
An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movement Deborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative politics. But over the years she stayed close to those in the movement, and she has come to realize... More Info

Why I Wake Early

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 71 pages
"Mary Oliver continues to tutor us in attention, gratitude, and reverence in this new collection of 47 poems."--Frederick and Mary Ann Brussat, authors of "Spirituality Legacy."  More Info

Holding Fast to Dreams

Beacon Press | March 1, 2016 | 208 pages
An education leader relates how his experiences with the civil rights movement led him to develop programs promoting educational success in science and technology for African Americans and others. When Freeman Hrabowski was twelve years old, a civil rights leader visited his Birmingham, Alabama,... More Info

The Upstairs Wife

Beacon Press (MA) | February 3, 2015 | 264 pages
A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city... More Info

The Radical King

Beacon Press (MA) | January 13, 2015 | 320 pages
Features more than 20 works, organized by theme, by the celebrated orator and civil rights champion that highlight his revolutionary vision as a democratic socialist, his opposition to the Vietnam War, his solidarity with the poor and his fight against global imperialism.  More Info

Black Prophetic Fire

Beacon Press (MA) | July 11, 2014 | 248 pages
Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective... More Info

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Beacon Press (MA) | September 16, 2014 | 296 pages
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited... More Info

Public Enemy

Beacon Press (MA) | September 9, 2014 | 240 pages
In this sequel to Fugitive Days, Ayers charts his life after the Weather Underground, when he becomes the GOP's flaunted “domestic terrorist,” a “public enemy.” Labeled a "domestic terrorist" by the McCain campaign in 2008 and used by the radical right in an attempt to castigate Obama for... More Info

Back to Normal

Beacon Press (MA) | September 2, 2014 | 256 pages
A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions. In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current... More Info

Man's Search for Meaning

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 165 pages
Frankl's timeless memoir and meditation on finding meaning in the midst of suffering With a new Foreword by Harold S. Kushner and a new Biographical Afterword by William J. WinsladePsychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death... More Info

Gaga Feminism

Beacon Press (MA) | September 3, 2013 | 184 pages
A roadmap to sex and gender for the twenty-first century, using Lady Gaga as a symbol for a new kind of feminism Why are so many women single, so many men resisting marriage, and so many gays and lesbians having babies? In Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal, J. Jack Halberstam... More Info


Beacon Press (MA) | April 26, 2011 | 204 pages
Dines illustrates how today's porn has become absorbed into pop culture and, because of that, how the porn industry has turned even more hard-core, creating profitable niche marketsulike oteen sexo and otorture pornouin their quest to entice a generationof desensitized users.  More Info

The Wimp Factor

Beacon Press | August 18, 2019 | 294 pages
In this eye-opening book on how male anxiety has come to shape political thinking and behavior, Dr. Stephen Ducat argues that there is a direct association between the magnitude of a man’s femiphobia and his tendency to embrace right-wing political opinions. Ducat shows how anxious masculinity... More Info

Another Kind of Public Education

Beacon Press | April 1, 2010 | 256 pages
In this fiercely intelligent yet accessible book, one of the nation's leading sociologists and experts on race calls for "another kind of public education"--one that opens up more possibilities for democracy, and more powerful modes of participation for young people of color.  More Info

A Queer and Pleasant Danger

Beacon Press (MA) | May 7, 2013 | 280 pages
The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today From the Hardcover edition.  More Info

New and Selected Poems, Volume One

Beacon Press | April 15, 2004 | 272 pages
A collection of poems covering such topics as nature, writing, and art  More Info

They're Bankrupting Us!

Beacon Press (MA) | August 28, 2012 | 204 pages
Presents twenty-one myths about labor unions, including that they are destroying the economy, that they are racist, that they are powerless in the global economy, and that they always side with Democrats.  More Info

The Straight Mind

Beacon Press | February 3, 1992 | 128 pages
Presents a collection of nine political and philosophical essays by the controversial feminist theorist and founder of the modern French women's movement  More Info

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Beacon Press (MA) | January 29, 2013 | 360 pages
This definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement. "In the first sweeping history of Parks's life, Theoharis shows us that Parks not only sat down on the bus, but stood on the... More Info

The Poetics of Space

Beacon Press | April 1, 1994 | 288 pages
A magical book. . . . A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics to carpentry take on enhanced-and enchanted-significances. Every reader of it will never see ordinary spaces in ordinary ways. Instead the reader will see with the soul of the eye, the glint of... More Info

In Defense of Childhood

Beacon Press | August 1, 2007 | 224 pages
As codirector of the Albany Free School, Chris Mercogliano has had remarkable success in helping a diverse population of youngsters find their way in the world. He regrets, however, that most kids’ lives are subject to some form of control from dawn until dusk. Lamenting risk-averse parents,... More Info

Gaga Feminism

Beacon Press (MA) | September 18, 2012 | 157 pages
Analyzes the transformative political and societal shifts of recent decades that have paved the way for revolutionary conceptualizations of gender and marriage, using Lady Gaga as a symbol of a new era that embraces sexual fluidity.  More Info