Back to School with Strand

Get ready to head back to school with the books and accessories voted best in class. Which ones will fill your backpack?

Grey Independent Backpack only at Strand

Most Artistic

The Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir by Emma Reyes & Daniel Alarcón
Emma Reyes relied on her creativity and ingenuity to survive a desolate childhood, and her persistence found her in the company of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as an adult.

Accessorize with: Frida Hat

Acrylic Painting for Beginners Set

Class Clown

The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, and Feminism by Anna Fields
Explore how feminism and sisterhood blossomed through women in comedy such as Lucille Ball, Tina Fey, Abbi Jacobson and more.

Accessorize with: Eggplant Emoji Pin

Most Athletic

Surfing with Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry into a Life of Meaning by Aaron James
Authentically unlock the philosophies of freedom, being, morality, and more through the reality of surf culture.

Accessorize with: Reading is My Cardio Button Combo

Strand 32oz Clear Nalgene Water Bottle

Most Dramatic

How to Set Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
Lucia has nothing to lose, and an obsession with flames that could potentially burn what is left of her complicated life.

Accessorize with: Summer Floral Pouch

Pride and Prejudice Pin

Most Outspoken

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen
Peterson shows us how to take “unruly” as a compliment.

Accessorize with: Feminist Bookshelf Pouch

Metal Retro Pen Set

Class Activist

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Angela Y. Davis’s unwavering writing on women, empowerment, equality and civil rights shines through in all her great books, but we are really feeling this one.

Accessorize with: Stay Woke Hat

Geography Map Notebook

Most Intellectual

Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist by Richard Dawkins
This man of science shares over 40 essays compiled over a lifetime of education and brilliantly debunks shaky prejudices with clear-headed facts and “remorseless wit.”

Accessorize with: Judging Your Grammar Magnet

Most Zen

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright
This book emphasizes how Buddhism can help people see things more clearly and, as a result, improve their lives and the lives of others.

Accessorize with: Teacher/Awakener Mug

Blue Headphones

Cutest Couple

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor knows that first love is often brief, and young love is impractical and full of heartache, but, despite herself, knowing these things doesn’t keep her from trying.

Merch: Wilde Never Love Anyone Magnet

Book Romance Notebook

Teacher’s Pet

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century by Nato Thompson
How can we make art and create change in the social media-obsessed Twenty-First Century? Find out and, as a bonus, get on any professor’s good side by reading Nato Thompson’s latest.

Accessorize with: HP Go to the Library T-Shirt

Most Likely to Make History

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers edited by Hollis Robbins & Henry Louis Gates Jr.
This collection showcases important African American Women voices of the Nineteenth Century that were once unacknowledged by history books.

Accessorize with: Fuck 2016 T-Shirt

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