It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Happy Labor Day, fellow U.S. Americans! (and happy 5th blogiversary to me this weekend!) I am very thankful and fortunate to have this day off work for many reasons, one tiny one being that I can read a bunch today! Here are a few books on labor, the movement and its history that I want to read, perfect for this holiday (I have read the first two on this list so far, and a little bit into the third):
- Unintimidated: Wisconsin Sings Truth to Power by Various
- Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Wisconsin to Wall Street by John Nichols
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America by Philip Dray
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- “They’re Bankrupting Us!” and 20 Other Myths about Unions by Bill Fletcher, Jr.
- Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century by Howard Zinn, Robin D.G. Kelley, Dana Frank
- Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David von Drehle
- Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do by Studs Terkel
And here are a couple of great playlists for Labor Day:
- Top Ten Labor Day Songs by Peter Rothberg (The Nation, thenation.com)
- A Labor Day Playlist: 13 Songs About Work by Emily McCullar (The L Magazine, The Measure, thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure)
Anyway, on to what I’m actually reading this week. I’m itching for The Walking Dead to return on TV (starts back up October 12), so I thought I should get back to the book version I started more than a year ago.
The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman was a Christmas gift for my husband, and it’s my (real) turn now! I’m going to have to estimate where I am percentage-wise through my reading since there are no page numbers (Goodreads says there are 1,088 total). I think so far I’m about a third of the way through, maybe just a bit less—being a graphic novel it’s a quick read.
What are you reading this week?