American Crises (and Essays)

Rebecca Solnit

Haymarket Books (September 2018)

Paper • ISBN-13:9781608469468• US $15.95 • 5.5 in x 7.5 in• 188 pgs.

Winner, Kirkus Prize, nonfiction

Winner, Foreword Indie Editor’s Choice Prize for Nonfiction

Nominee, National Book Awards, Nonfiction 


Changing the world means changing the story, the names, and the language with which we describe it. Calling things by their true names cuts through the lies that excuse, disguise, avoid, or encourage inaction, indifference, obliviousness in the face of injustice and violence.

In this powerful and wide-ranging collection, Solnit turns her attention to battles over meaning, place, language, and belonging at the heart of the defining crises of our time. She explores the way emotions shape political life, electoral politics, police shootings and gentrification, the life of an extraordinary man on death row, the pipeline protest at Standing Rock, and the existential threat posed by climate change.

Rebecca Solnit is the author of the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me, among other books. Called “the voice of the resistance” by the New York Times, she has emerged as an essential guide to our times, through her incisive commentary on feminism, violence, ecology, hope, and everything in between.


“Solnit’s essay collection is essential reading for anyone living in America today.”

Brooklyn Rail

“A searing and super smart call-to-arms.”

Poets & Writers

“Solnit [is] a powerful cultural critic: as always, she opts for measured assessment and pragmatism over hype and hysteria.”

Publishers Weekly

“These essays are a rallying cry, a balm, and a sparkling manifesto, all rolled into one. Solnit’s voice is the call to resistance that we need.”

Foreword Reviews

“Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these essays.”

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“This is precisely what is needed to face our possibly grim future with eyes wide open.’

Shelf Talker

“Rebecca Solnit is a treasure.”


“Solnit’s exquisite essays move between the political and the personal, the intellectual and the earthy.”


“Rebecca Solnit is the voice of the resistance.”

New York Times Magazine

“No writer has better understood the mix of fear and possibility, peril and exuberance that’s marked this new millennium.”

Bill McKibben, founder of

“Rebecca Solnit is essential feminist reading.”

New Republic


Essayist, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and urban history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster.  Earlier books include a trilogy of atlases and Call Them By Their True Names, The Mother of All Questions, Hope in the Dark, Men Explain Things to Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; A Field Guide to Getting Lost. A product of the California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school, she writes regularly  for the Guardian and Lithub.


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