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.
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There has never been a speech like this on this topic before
Preview Showing of Why We Need an Actual Revolution and How We Can Really Make Revolution
Sunday, September 23, 4-8 pm
If you have agonized about the horrors of this society, but did not know why we face all this and thought there was no way out… this filmed speech will reveal why those outrages go on and how they can be changed.
If you have thought that even if people could get together on it, revolution was not really possible up against the powerful repressive machinery we face… this filmed speech will challenge you.
If you have hungered for fundamental change, but did not know where to begin… this filmed speech will give you the map you need and the way to connect.
Sunday, September 23, 4-8 pm
Revolution Books, NYC
437 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Ave @132 St.
Film at 4 pm sharp,
doors open @ 3:30 pm.
There will be an intermission. A half-hour program will follow the screening. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.
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Sponsored by: The Bob Avakian Institute and Revolution Club, NYC
Bob Avakian on the Trump/Pence Regime
In this Film, Bob Avakian Analyzes the Deep Roots and Driving Forces of Trump/Pence Fascism and What Must Be Done to Stop It.
Watch It Here, and Spread It.
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
Bob Avakian is the most radical revolutionary on the planet and the architect of a new communism.
The above screening is sponsored by Revolution Books (437 Malcolm X Blvd.), The Bob Avakian Institute and
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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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► Wednesday, Sept 26, 7pm
How To Be Less Stupid About Race with author Crystal Fleming
This young writer and sociologist has penned a work of social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on racism. She takes on the so-called "national conversation on race" and what she calls "racial stupidity in the Obama era." She recounts how she came to understand the reality of Barack Obama as a war criminal, and goes on to slam Trump's open white supremacy combined with vehement denials of racism. The book draws on critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher.
Crystal Fleming is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Stony Brook University, and is a contributing writer for The Root, Black Agenda Report, Vox, and Everyday Feminism. She's also the author of Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France.
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Video from recent Revolution Books programs
Natalie Hopkinson on "A Mouth Is Always Muzzled:
Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance."
An Evening Amplifying Voices of Social Justice moderated by Andy Zee and Dread Scott. Hosted by Worldstudio, Make Art with Purpose (MAP), Harlem Stage, and Revolution Books.
Revolutionaries and anti-fascists report back from confronting the white supremacist demonstration in Washington, DC.
More VIDEOS from past programs at Rev Books.