Top 13 Books of 2013

Marta Minujin’s “Tower of Books,” Buenos Aires, 2011.

At the year’s end I try to take some time to consolidate my reading into a list of my favourite books of the year. They can be  my favourite for several reasons including most impressionable, most challenged my thinking, most persuasive, etc.  I always admire bloggers who actually take the time to provide brief reviews of their top books, but I’m way too lazy to do that. So, here’s a list of my top 13 books of 2013 without reason or review. (Hey, at least I included pictures – that counts for something, right?)


Paulette Regan, Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada






Steve Heinrichs, ed., Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together





Vine Deloria, Jr., God is Red: A Native View of Religion






Laura DeVries, Conflict in Caledonia: Aboriginal Land Rights and the Rule of Law






Thom Hatch, Black Kettle: The Cheyenne Chief Who Sought Peace but Found War






John E. Toews, The Story of Original Sin






Hans W. Frei, The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative: A Study in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Hermeneutics






Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Sex, Race, and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White





Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, 2nd Ed.






Laura Donaldson, Decolonizing Feminisms: Race, Gender, and Empire-Building 






George E. Tinker, Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation






Carolyn Yoder, The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community Security is Threatened






Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide



2 comments on “Top 13 Books of 2013

  1. tapji says:

    Nice list. I really enjoyed reading Tinker this year , and being introduced to Linda Tuhiwai Smith in Cultural Anthropology. The Hans Frei and Susan Thistlethwaite books look interesting.

    • Kampen says:

      Glad to hear you read Smith in that course. I also really enjoyed reading Tinker this year, He just repeats himself a lot, but fair enough since we’re not getting it yet. The Frei is pretty dense but good.

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