Reading List

Radical Happiness: A Reading List


In an era of increasing individualism and compounding crises, misery is abundant. And endless commodification, where problems and their solutions pop up on an ever-accelerating conveyor belt of lotions and potions, does little to tackle the underlying problems of alienation. In the face of it all, we call for a radical happiness. A happiness rooted in collective joy that celebrates interdependence, care for the natural world, and bringing the good life to all. 

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See our Gift Guide and all our reading lists, including The Year in 10 BooksRadicalize Your NiblingsRadical HappinessTis the Season to Abolish the FamilyUnderstanding the Cost of Living CrisisChristianity and Anticapitalism.

A passionate call to rediscover the political and emotional joy that emerges when we share our lives.

A plan to save the earth and bring the good life to all. We must humbly accept that humanity cannot fully understand or control the earth—but we can plan new energy systems, large-scale rewilding, and food production for the common good.

A novel about getting by and having fun in a system that wants you to do neither. Happy Hour is a wonderful, hilarious, pleasurably exhausting reminder of what it is to be young in a big city.

A vision for a truly caring world. We are all dependent on each other, and only by nurturing these interdependencies can we cultivate a world in which each and every one of us can not only live but thrive.

Emma Dowling charts the multifaceted nature of care in the modern world, from the mantras of self-care and what they tell us about our anxieties to the state of the social care system.
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At a time when work-related stress and exhaustion are endemic, it is clear that a new approach to employment is required — one based on collective freedom and human potential, providing scope for the many to achieve a happier, more fulfilling life.

Mutual aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.

Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into this concise and tightly argued manifesto: analyzing the varieties of anticapitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and an unparalleled guide to help us get there.

Five hundred years since its first publication, Thomas More’s Utopia remains astonishingly radical and provocative. In this quincentenary edition, More’s text is introduced by multi-award-winning author China Miéville and accompanied by four essays from Ursula K. Le Guin, today’s most distinguished utopian writer and thinker.

The acclaimed exploration of the women who revolutionized American and British life.