TIME Magazine just released their 鈥淧erson of the Year鈥 issue, awarding the title to some pretty awesome women who revolutionized the way we talk about and believe sexual harassment. Want to read about some more revolutionary women? You鈥檙e in luck, because this week鈥檚 book club comes stuffed with new releases about women who have created 鈥 or are creating 鈥 great change in the way the world works. If you鈥檙e feeling burnt out, get revved up with these stories.

1. Why I鈥檓 No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge ($27): As we鈥檝e seen this year, talking (or not talking) about certain vital issues can be a revolutionary act. Eddo-Lodge, a London journalist, made major waves in 2014 with a viral blog post of the same title as her new book. Eddo-Lodge was fed up with the way conversations about race were being led and dismissed by the very people who were causing the issues in the first place, and the people who were the least affected by them. 鈥淚鈥檓 no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race,鈥 she wrote. 鈥淣ot all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the legitimacy of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their experience.鈥

Her frustrations were echoed by many who shared her experience, but Eddo-Lodge was also surprised by the number of white people who apologized for her pain and asked her not to give up. This wasn鈥檛 the point, either, she writes: 鈥淚t was never written with the intention of prompting guilt in white people, or to provoke any kind of epiphany鈥 This all seemed strange and slightly uncomfortable to me. Because in writing that blog post, all I had felt I was saying was that I had had enough.鈥

Since the post, Eddo-Lodge, though, has rarely stopped talking about race. Shutting herself off, though tempting, was not ultimately an option. So, don鈥檛 let the title fool you; what follows is a long, frank, and well-informed talk about race, Britain鈥檚 long and violent history of racism, and what its perpetrators (witting or having the privilege to be unwitting) can do about it. 鈥淚鈥檝e written this book to articulate that feeling of having your voice and confidence snatched away from you in the cocky face of the status quo. It has been written to counter the lack of historical knowledge and the political backdrop you need to anchor your opposition to racism.鈥 Eddo-Lodge鈥檚 book has already won a number of awards, such as both Foyles and Blackwell鈥檚 Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. It鈥檚 worth it to listen.

2. Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons, American Radical by Jacqueline Jones ($32): Parsons鈥 long life, spanning from 1851 to 1942, was a turbulent one, much like the times she lived in. 鈥淧ublic speaker, editor, free-speech activist, essayist, fiction writer, publisher, and political commentator, Parsons was one of only a handful of women in her day, and virtually the only person of African descent, apart from Frederick Douglass, to speak regularly to large audiences鈥 She was a courageous advocate of First Amendment rights, notable for her confrontational tactics and what many considered her shocking language in pursuit of those rights.鈥 Parsons鈥 outspoken nature belied the fact that very few knew any details about her personal life鈥 until now.

Born to an enslaved woman, Parsons married the white Albert Parsons at 21, and the two became socialists and then anarchists of the class struggle, working with an anti-capitalist and pro-union message by any means necessary. Albert was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Chicago Haymarket Square bombing in 1886. After his death by hanging, Lucy toured and gave speeches about the trial鈥檚 unfair nature, and the corrupting influence of money.

Jones, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, offers a portrait of Parsons that is as complex as her subject. She pays respect to Parsons鈥 achievements in oratory and agitation, but is neither hagiographic or sentimental about her methods and decisions, which include creating a false Hispanic-Indian identity while ignoring issues vital to African-Americans, embracing traditional gender roles, and being a proponent of extreme violence. 鈥淥n countless occasions she defied the attempts of the authorities to silence her,鈥 Jones writes, continuing to break that silence with her book.

3. Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini ($27): If you don鈥檛 know Ada Lovelace, you really should, because you鈥檙e probably reading this on some kind of computer. Lovelace was the first person to think up the idea of computer programming, based on the mechanics of looms. However, instead of fame and fortune for this revolutionary thought, she joined the line of women deliberately overlooked and forgotten for their achievements. Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln鈥檚 Dressmaker, seeks to rectify this with a new historical novel purporting to be Ada鈥檚 memoir, with chapter titles via the poetry of her father, Lord Byron.

Ada was Lord Byron鈥檚 only legitimate child. Her mother, Annabella, had great plans for her marriage: 鈥淚 want to marry Byron. I love him. Everything will be fine once we鈥檙e married and he learns to conform to my wishes, as he has promised,鈥 Chiaverini writes, but, when none of this came to pass, she became estranged from her legendarily profligate husband. She then took pains to ensure that Ada was spared her father鈥檚 reputation. To her controlling and exacting mother, this means delivering an education focused on math and sciences, and forbidding any of the more dangerously creative humanities, such as poetry.

However, once Ada meets and befriends the older inventor Charles Babbage (creator of the Difference Engine and its successor, the Analytical Engine), she becomes more creative in finding solutions to his computing problems than anyone could ever dream. Though her genius was irrepressible and she had the support of her husband, William, Lord King, and her friend Mary Somerville, she found a society eager to repress any credit she got for her work. Even her husband and Babbage didn鈥檛 understand what the matter was; of course, she would only assist a man. Despite this, Lovelace鈥檚 contributions changed the way the world works today. Now, she can help us change our minds about history.

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