Literary Arsenal – 45 Books In Our Editor’s Personal Library

When I was traveling a couple of years ago, I sent about a quarter of my library to my mother’s house in the Rocky Mountain region. My books sat in her guestroom for a year before I called her and inquired about have them sent back to me.

I’m back to writing full time after a brief stint of teaching, and with the attainment of many writing and reporting assignments, I feel naked without my collection to help me sort through and research to hone the basis of my thesis and tones for my essays, screenplays, and stories.

Whether I’m writing about a Black women jazz musician, an ethereal novella or writing an essay to assist other writers in finding methods to smooth their literary paths, I’ve known since I was a girl that a robust library of diverse books (that only you can curate via your own tastes and literary needs) is essential to growing into a successful writer.

When I received the full list of books that are patiently waiting to be reunited with my eager and voracious fingers, palms and eyes, I thought it would be good to share some of the books I own and love.

Not many people get to see my process. I wanted to take a bit of the veil down between myself and other readers and writers to ensure that we, in even the smallest of ways, stay connected.

Jordannah Elizabeth

Editor in Chief of TERSE. Journal

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I’ve organized 45 of my books into seven different categories for your convenience.

 

BLACK WOMEN WRITERS

 

Black Looks

Bell Hooks

 

The Source of Self Regard

Toni Morrison

 

The Training School for Negro Girls

Camille Acker

 

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood

bell hooks

 

Hunger

Roxane Gay

 

Jazz Diasporas: Race, Music, and Migration in Post-WW II Paris

Rashida Braggs

 

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race women

Brittney C. Cooper

 

Difficult Women

Roxane Gay

 

Diversifying Democracy

Harriett Lee Elam-Thomas

 

FEMINISM

 

The Dialectic of Sex

Shulamith Firestone

 

Women & Equality; Changing Patterns in American Culture

William H. Chafe

 

The Chalice and the Blade; our History, Our Future

Riane Eisler

 

Making Spaces Safer; A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot

Shawna Potter

 

Ecofeminism

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

 

Anarchy and the Sex Question; Essays on women and emancipation

Emma Goldman

 

Thinking Fragments: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Postmodern in the West

Jane Flax

 

Masculinity Studies & Feminist Theory

Judith Kegan Gardiner

 

SPIRITUALITY

 

Reiki, 108 Questions and Answer

Paula Horan

 

The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot

Johannes Fiebig

 

Chakra Therapy For Personal Growth

Keith Sherwood

 

BLACK NON-FICTION & JOURNALISM

 

Knocking the Hustle; Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics

Lester K. Spence

 

FlyBoy 2: The Greg Tate Reader

Greg Tate

 

Flyboy in the Buttermilk

Greg Tate

 

Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars

Henry Louis Gates, Jr

 

FICTION

 

A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway

 

Still Life with Woodpecker

Tom Robbins

 

Richard II

Shakespeare

 

Henry IV Part 1

Shakespeare

 

Death Kit

Susan Sontag

 

Naked Lunch

William S. Burroughs

 

Plexus: The Rosy Crucifixion

Henry Miller

 

NON-FICTION

 

The New Journalism

Robert Boynton

 

Role Models

John Waters

 

Modernity & Self-Identify: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age

Anthony Giddens

 

Sound Figures: Crossing Aesthetics

Theodor Adorno

 

The Twilight of American Culture

Morris Berman

 

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human

Harold Bloom

 

What Great Teachers do Differently

Todd Whitaker

 

Writing in Society

Raymond Williams

 

POETRY 

 

The Sabotage Manuals (Poetry)

Ida Borjel

 

Can I Kick It? (Poetry)

Idris Goodwin

 

Crossfire (Poetry)

Stacey Yann Chin

 

Everything Must Go (Poetry)

Kevin Coval/Langston Allston

 

Once (Poetry)

Alice Walker

 

Black Queer Hoe (Essays & Poems)

Britteney Black Rose Kapri

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