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12 Books Every American Should Read Right Now

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Since the election of Donald Trump, there have been many lists compiled of books to read and art to consume in the wake of his dark victory. There have been countless essays written, grappling with the difficulties of this time in history. There's "Rules for Surviving an Autocracy," by Masha Gessen, and then two other favorites can be read at n+1: "No President," by Mark Greif, and "What Can Feminists Do?" by Dayna Tortorici. (Though, frankly, read all of n+1's online coverage of the "Worst Election Ever," and weep for this country while simultaneously marveling at its writers. What a time to be alive.)

Since I'm a firm believer in there never being enough good things to read, though, I've compiled a list of books that every American should read, regardless of how you feel about the election's result. They should be perused simply because we are Americans, and should have as wide an understanding as possible of this country we call home—its past, its present, and its future.

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Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

This is the work that first launched environmentalism to the forefront of the American public's consciousness. Published in 1962, Carson's book revealed the deleterious effects of pesticides on nature; it accused public officials of covering up said effects, leading to lots of finger-pointing, and, ultimately, a nationwide ban on the pesticide DDT as well as a closer look at the indiscriminate use of pesticides in general. It also proves that cultural works can change policy, something that's very important to remember these days.

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Congrats!

Amanda Bynes has just graduated with the Class of 2019 from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Late Monday evening, Bynes shared a photo to Twitter celebrating the achievement, posing alongside a classmate in her cap and gown.

TMZ shared additional selfies with fellow classmates from the graduation ceremony. Sources told TMZ that Bynes seemed "ecstatic," and that she was "getting tons of love from her teachers and peers."

The actress has been enrolled at the school since 2014, though, as Page Six notes, was kicked out for a short period of time toward the beginning of her studies, but returned and completed her program within five years.

In March of this year, Bynes checked into a mental health facility after an alleged relapse, following four years of sobriety. Prior to that, she had returned to the public in late 2018 with an interview with Paper in which she opened up about her experience with depression after the release of She's The Man, as well as her drug use.

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