We are pleased and proud to be partnering with the League of Women Voters of Maine for our October community book list! We hope the work of the LWVME inspires and aides you in your ability and access to voting in the upcoming election (and your next favorite read, of course).
What is the LWVME? The LWVME is a chapter of the League of Women Voters, an organization born out of the suffrage movement of 1920 that continues to work doggedly towards voter accessability and participation for all Americans. Active in all 50 states, DC, the Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong, the LWV is dedicated to a democracy and a nation in which we all have the ability to vote.
Our community book list curated by the very bookish and well-read staff at LWVME is below, but first! VOTING RESOURCES!
How to Vote in Maine: Check it out if you have any questions about your right to vote in Maine and how to register before or on election day.
Absentee Voting: All you need to know about registering for an absentee ballot in the upcoming election, returning your absentee ballot to ensure your vote is counted, etc.
But what the heck is on my ballot anyway? One of our favorite voter resources - Vote411.org provides quick and easy access to a personalized sample ballot so you can know what you're voting on before you head to the polls! Plus resources for first time voters, ways to volunteer, and more.
Elections 2020: Answers to general questions about the 2020 elections in the time of Covid, rank choice voting in Maine, etc
Now, to the books! 10% of profits generated during the month of October from the following list will be donated to the LWVME, so go ahead and make your voting plan, and then buy all the books!
An inspiring call to civic action in an era of deliberate and systemic voter suppression. - Alison, LWVME
Mass incarceration disenfranchises African Americans. Criminal Justice is a core democracy issue. - Alison, LWVME
A compelling reconstruction of the life of a black suffragist, Adella Hunt Logan, blending family lore, historical research, and literary imagination. - Anne G., LWVME
This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plainspoken story of an "over average" man who witnessed momentous changes in the lives of Southern people, black and white, and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about. Nineteen seventy-four was a good year for nonfiction writing in America. Robert A. Caro’s monumental biography of Robert Moses, “The Power Broker,” came out. So did Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s “All the President’s Men.” So did “Working,” by Studs Terkel, and Robert M. Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” - Ann, LWVME
A groundbreaking examination of the early influences on feminism - the Haudenosaunee. - Anne G., LWVME
Easy to read, even funny, on the Electoral College and National Popular Vote. - Lori, LWVME