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


Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books, including Orwell’s RosesHope in the Dark; Men Explain Things to MeA Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster; and A Field Guide to Getting Lost. A longtime climate and human rights activist, she serves on the board of the climate group Oil Change International, and the advisory boards of Dayenu and Third Act.


Audio book:

Production Company
Tantor / English

Languages & Territories Where Rights Have Been Sold:

English/United Kingdom and CommonwealthGranta Books
French/worldwideÉditions de l'Olivier
German/worldwideHoffmann und Campe
Italian/worldwidePonte Alle Grazie
Japanese/worldwideIwanami Shoten

Please contact subagents for the following languages and territories:

Language/Territory Subagent
China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and VietnamBig Apple Agency
DutchSebes & Bisseling Literary Agency
English outside North AmericaDavid Grossman Literary Agency
FrenchDeborah Druba Agency
GermanPaul & Peter Fritz AG Literatur Agentur
GreekRead n' Right Agency
HebrewThe Deborah Harris Agency
ItalianBerla & Griffini Rights Agency
JapaneseThe English Agency (Japan) Ltd
KoreanBC Agency, or Korea Copyright Center
PortugueseRIFF Agency
Russia/Baltics/Eastern EuropePrava I Prevodi
Scandinavia Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency
Spanish in Latin AmericaMB Agencia Literaria
Spanish in SpainMB Agencia Literaria
TurkishAnatolialit Agency

For all other languages/territories, please contact Roam Agency.