Occupy Wall Street, a “Movement For Economic Justice”, began on September 17th when–following a rally Lower Manhattan–an estimated 150 people began an encampment in Zuccotti Park.
Since then, the movement has spread world wide–from U.S. cities including Denver, Omaha and Philadelphia to North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with over 1,500 events in 82 countries.
While the OWS participants have already set up a free lending Library and created a self-published newspaper–the Occupied Wall Street Journal–we thought we’d contribute to the movement by suggesting some great indie titles to fill the time between demonstrating and getting doused with pepper spray. Like the OWSJ, all of the books are self-published and speak to the power of the individual.
To those of you who have been there from the start, and for those who are just joining in, you have our support and thanks. This list is for you!
1. MISFITS & HEROES
by Kathleen Rollins
Haunting personal stories of love, grief, and acceptance intertwined with the history of Africa and Western exploration. A lush voyage from the coast of Africa, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
2. JUSTICE IN AMERICA
How it Works – How it Fails
by Russell F. Moran
The goddess of justice is blind and deaf, and very often dumb, according to this savvy critique of the American legal system. A lively, brash, illuminating insider’s look at the law, by a compelling expert witness. (Kirkus Reviews)
3. PARTS NORTH
by Kevin Cohen
Rural atmosphere, dry humor, detailed description, and characters that seem glued together from wood chips. The conflict centers on a safe cracker who was imprisoned for years and his grown son who lost an arm racing against a young man who is now a town cop.
4. LIBERTY IN AMERICA’S FOUNDING MOMENT
Doubts About Natural Rights in Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence
by Howard I. Schwartz
This balanced scholarly investigation of the Founding Fathers’ divergent notions of inherent freedoms–in historical and contemporary terms–is sure to confound those who think they learned everything they need to know in 9th-grade civics. (Kirkus Reviews)
by Neal Wooten
Wooten’s novel is an earnest coming-of-age tale as well as an inventive look at the contested borderland between science and faith. (Kirkus Reviews)
6. THEY COOKED THE BOOKS
A Humorous Look at the World of White-Collar Crime
Have you ever wondered about expressions such as “The cat’s out of the bag,” “Fast-buck artist,” and “On the Q.T.?” Patrick Edwards explores these sayings and their fascinating origins, original meanings and present day usage having to do with Wall Street crime and Ponzi schemes.
7. OH, BEAUTIFUL
An American Family in the 20th Century
by John Paul Godges
Godges presents a vast narrative depicting what it means to be an American, told through the lens of an expressive family story. A satisfying, well-crafted reminder of how one family’s story can encapsulate the cultural history of America as a whole. (Kirkus Reviews)