Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #7: Guns


Guns are pervasive in American society. Whether it is the prominent role they frequently play in various forms of entertainment or the epidemic of gun violence, it seems they are everywhere. With more mass shootings than there have been days this year, it is virtually impossible to turn on the news without hearing about the devastating impact guns are capable of. The books below demonstrate how, in the hands of the right writer, a gun can be a useful device to drive an engaging story and, in the wrong hands, a tool of life-changing heartbreak.

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  1. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  2. Gun Machine by Warren Ellis
  3. Woman with a Gun: A Novel by Phillip Margolin
  4. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  5. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart




  1. Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada (author), Jamar Nicholas (illustrator)
  2. Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist by Richard Feldman
  3. Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control by Osha Gray Davidson
  4. Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis by Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick
  5. Gun Violence, Disability and Recovery by Cate Buchanan


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Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →