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Imagine More Library

What does it mean to imagine more for yourself, your community, and the

World? For a decade, The Laundromat Project (The LP) has nourished creative community leaders, by using arts, culture & creativity to foster resilient and interconnected neighborhoods in which community members can shape their own world in meaningful ways.


To celebrate our year-long journey of Imagining More, we’re building an expansive “Imagine More” virtual library. We believe that words on the pages can guide us as we create and build with our communities. They can provide us the tools to articulate and realize a world where everyday people know the power of their own creative capacity to transform their lives, their relationships, and their surroundings. It is our hope, that the following titles contributed to the Library, from our community, will inspire and guide you, as they have us.


Find out more about the books in our Imagine More Library here!


The titles shared  were submitted by members of The LP community with the following in mind: “What inspires you right now & Who are you in community with?”


We also invite you to share a book that you would like to add to the list by emailing us at info@laundromatproject.org. Please include “Imagine More Library” in the subject line.


download   On Beauty and Being Just by Elaine Scarry 



download-10   You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu



images   The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander



download-7   We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



download-6    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



download-5   The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers 



download-4   Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha



download-3   The New York Young Lords and the Struggle for Liberation by Darrel Wanzer-Serrano



download-2    Mentoring from the Inside Out, Healing Boys Transforming Men by Alfonso Wyatt



download-1   Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat



download-11   Commonwealth by Ann Patchett 



sister outsider Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde



the is also the star The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon



Parable of the sower  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler



Dust Tracks on the Road  Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston



from margin to center  Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by Bell Hooks



Double entry   Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Shaped the Modern World by Jane Gleeson-White



waman on the edge of time   Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy



white teeth   White Teeth by Zadie Smith



america is in the heart   America is in the Heart: A Personal History by Carlos Bulosan



Dreams from my father   Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama



1984   1984 by George Orwell



carry me home  Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
radical dharma  Radical Dharma by Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah
assata  Assata by Assata Shakur
braiding sweetgrass Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The rise  The Rise by Sarah Lewis
the stars beneath  The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore