Rocker, activist, and now author Ani DiFranco recently toured the country to talk about her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream.
Covering her early years, when she discovered her love of music and had to face down club owners who resisted putting a young woman on stage, No Walls and the Recurring Dream is honest, bold, and unforgettable—exactly what one would hope for from an iconic musician.
We asked Ani DiFranco what she had been reading and loving lately, and this is what she told us.
Ani DiFranco’s favorite reads of 2019
Reading has expanded my horizons many times over and I don’t mean that lightly. I consider books to be one of the main drivers of positive change and growth for me. What else but the written word can transport you to a time and place you never would’ve dreamed of going, or into someone’s head who might otherwise have remained a stranger? Through reading, I’ve been able to see through many eyes and think with many minds… and my world is so much bigger. —Ani DiFranco
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
I caught Zadie Smith’s talk at a literary festival in North Carolina and I loved what she had to say. I picked up her first novel, White Teeth, and loved that too.
Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Dr. Willie Parker
Dr. Willie Parker is a hero of mine. His autobiographical book, Life’s Work – A Moral Argument for Choice, chronicles his amazing journey through Christianity to feminism. This book helped me to shake loose any last vestiges of shame I was carrying about my own reproductive freedom.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
I finally read Barack Obama’s early memoir, Dreams from My Father. What an epic life journey he had even before he was a senator!
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
I read a lot of memoirs when I was writing my own. I loved (Tupac’s godmother) Assata Shakur’s Assata. I could relate to how she fell into activism, innocently and sincerely. I ache to think of how she ended up in exile. America has a sad history of neutralizing many of its brightest and best.
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