Summer Reading Picks
from Revolution Books
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions
by Valeria Luiselli
After volunteering as a translator at a Manhattan detention center, novelist Valeria Luiselli wrote this essay structured
around the 40 questions she was required to ask undocumented Central American children facing deportation. The book
bears witness to the horrors they are fleeing, and the horrors that await them.
by Richard Powers
An ambitious environmental novel. "Richard Powers manages to turn trees into vivid and
engaging characters... [He does something] that modern literature has rarely if ever even attempted…
at a moment when that is desperately needed." -- Bill McKibben.
The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
by Howard Bryant
The collision of post-Ferguson America with post-911 America. How sports arenas have been transformed into staging
grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of police... and how a new generation of Black athlete politicalsocial
activists are refusing to be just performative bodies.
Slave Old Man
A gripping novel of an elderly enslaved man's daring escape into the wild from a plantation
in Martinique, with his master and a fearsome hound on his heels. Pulsates with poetry.
An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
A just-married Black couple in the South looks forward to "having it all." When that's
shattered by an (all-American) wrongful accusation and conviction, there's no telling where things will go.
A suspenseful timely love story. "Urgent and indispensable" – Edwidge Danticat
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu
by Joshua Hammer
To save ancient Arabic texts from jihadist destruction in Mali, a band of librarians pulls off a heist worthy of
Ocean's Eleven. Part intellectual history, part contemporary analysis, and part out-and-out thriller--you learn
the story of one of the great learning centers of the world during the 14th to 16th centuries.
by Leni Zumas
A novel that imagines a world where abortion is outlawed. And it feels eerily real. "Zumas has
a perfectly tuned ear for the way society relies on a moralizing sentimentalism to restrict women's
lives and enforce conformity."―New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice
The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy
by Anna Clark
"Anna Clark makes clear that this horrific poisoning… was never just an unfortunate accident…
[but the] tragically inevitable result of the fiscal, as well as environmental, racism that seems to
run as deeply and powerfully in this country as water itself." -- Heather Ann Thompson
From Ike to Mao and Beyond:
My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist—A Memoir
by Bob Avakian
"A truly interesting account of Bob Avakian's life, a humanizing portrait of someone who is often seen only as a
hard-line revolutionary. I can understand why he has drawn so many ardent supporters. He speaks to people's
alienation from a warlike and capitalist society, and holds out the possibility for radical change."—Howard Zinn
by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds
The young adult novel that South Carolina police want to ban from summer HS reading lists. A bag of chips.
That's all 16-year old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop who
takes Rashad for a shoplifter, his pleadings that he's stolen nothing as belligerence, and then...
The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife
by Lucy Cooke
A British zoologist and filmmaker has written a highly informative and entertaining profile of 13 animals.
She de-mythologizes and brings new appreciation to animals: the vulture is vital, pandas are not so
needy of humans, and sloths are incredibly energy efficient.
A Regime that could destroy civilization.
You think you know
. . . but you don't
A FILM OF A TALK BY
THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME
In The Name of Humanity
We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America
A Better World IS Possible
This talk from Bob Avakian (BA) provides a scientific understanding of the roots of this fascist regime—in the history of the U.S. and the deeper roots in the system of capitalism-imperialism. He does so with passion, humor, humanity, and a deep sense of history. He cuts into the deepest, most agonizing questions, first in the speech and then in wide-ranging Questions and Answers.
View the film and the Q&As here.
|Getting to know Bob Avakian
Because of Bob Avakian and the work he has done over several decades, summing up the positive and negative experience of the communist revolution so far, and drawing from a broad range of human experience, there is a new synthesis of communism that has been brought forward — there really is a viable vision and strategy for a radically new, and much better, society and world, and there is the crucial leadership that is needed to carry forward the struggle toward that goal.
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► Tuesday, July 17, 7pm
on continuing police murders in Chicago and the real solution
On Saturday, July 14th, the Chicago police murdered yet another Black man on the city's south side. Their official reason/pretext: there was a "bulge around his waistband" and the man "became combative." Protests erupted in response and the police attacked demonstrators with batons and arrested several. Already this year the police, nationwide, have killed 548 people.
Come hear Noche Diaz on Tuesday night. Noche is a leader of the Revolution Club and has for the last year been organizing the movement for an actual revolution in the very same neighborhoods where this and other vicious, unjust shootings by the police have taken place.
Watch for coming films at Rev Books:
The Visitor, The Young Marx and The Square.
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Video from recent Revolution Books programs
Howard Bryant on "The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism."
Revolution Books national spokesperson Andy Zee on "Why Fascists Want to Burn Down Revolution Books, Berkeley—and Why We Must Stand Together to Defend All Bookstores Under Attack in the Age of Trump!" Read the statement by PEN AMERICA in support of Revolution Books here.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o with his prison memoir "Wrestling with the Devil," Part I. View Part II here.
More VIDEOS from past programs at Rev Books.
Revolution newspaper, the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party enables people to really understand, and act to radically change, the world...
An Invitation to Learn About—and Change—the World
If you are grappling with the big questions, right now is the time to dig deeply into the work of Bob Avakian (BA)
Featured in this week's Revolution:
The Clueless Logic of "The Long Game," and of Betting the Future of Humanity on the Midterm Elections
Calling Out America's Crimes, Getting Into Revolution and Building Community: Anti-July 4 Picnics Rock!
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