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Revolution Books Staff Picks
The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War a history by Andrew Delbanco
A detailed account of a crucial time in U.S. history. By awakening northerners to the true nature of slavery, and enraging southerners who demanded the return of their human "property," fugitive slaves forced the country to confront the truth about itself.
Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry a biography by Imani Perry
Hansberry was an eloquent and persuasive writer best known for Raisin in the Sun (1959), the first play by an African-American to premiere on Broadway. But she wrote in many forms –poetry, fiction, non-fiction—and was a formidable critic. She was an impassioned radical who knew Nina Simone, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. This biography fills a big gap in understanding.
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston edited by Deborah Plante
The literary sensation of 2018. A book by the anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston that few knew existed! Based on interviews that Hurston did with Cudjo Lewis in the early 1930s. Lewis was a survivor of the last slave ship from Africa known to have made the transatlantic journey. The book was never published until now -- a story in itself.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds--the poor, mostly Black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend by the police. The film version of this young adult novel was released in theaters on October 5.
There There by Tommy Orange
In this debut novel, Tommy Orange introduces us to a dozen+ unforgettable characters you have never met before in popular literature: Urban Indians who converge and collide on one fateful day at the Big Oakland Powwow.
“Welcome to a brilliant and generous artist who has already enlarged the landscape of American Fiction”—Louise Erdrich
Red Clocks a novel 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
Prison Nation, an issue of Aperture Magazine
edited by Nicole Fleetwood
A powerful and haunting collection of photography and essays published as an issue of Aperture Magazine. Documents the horror of mass incarceration in ways rarely seen. Nicole’s gripping in-store slide show and talk can be found here.
The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R. Kandel
What cognitive disorders reveal about normal brain functioning…and the biological grounding of the human mind. Highly readable introduction to latest brain research.
Friday Black a short story collection by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
A debut collection of short stories that blend fantasy, dystopia and brutal realism. Placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice and outraging absurdities that Black men and women confront every day in this country.
A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, chosen by Colson Whitehead
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine
Levine traces the origins of the Internet to an early Pentagon counterinsurgency surveillance project. Today, tech-industry giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon spy on their users for profit--while doing double-duty as military and intelligence contractors.
Washington Black a novel by Esi Edugyan
High adventure with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean. Mixing horror with high adventure, this new novel looks at the burden and responsibilities of freedom in a time of slavery.
The Overstory a novel by Richard Powers
"Using the tools of the story, [Powers] pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size....A gigantic fable of genuine truths." -- Barbara Kingsolver
Island Born and Lola (Spanish-language version) by Junot Diaz
Our favorite children's book of 2018. A story of a young girl living in the U.S. who learns about her origins in the Dominican Republic by talking to her older relatives and friends. People told her about the beauties of the island... but she probed deeper and found out they were visited by a monster (not named but we know the dictator). Lola learns that very brave women and men (in that order) eventually stood up to the monster and drove it away. K-3rd grade.
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of Revolution Books
People come to Revolution Books from all over the world to find the books and deep engagement with each other about why the world is the way it is and the possibility of a radically different way the world could be.
The world today, with all its horrors, holds the potential for something far better. To unlock that – at the foundation of RB – is the most advanced scientific theory and leadership for an actual revolution for the emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian.
RB is a bookstore with literature, history, science, art, philosophy, and revolutionary theory... a place of discovery and engagement. Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary. A bookstore at the center of a movement for revolution.
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Quote of the week from BAsics. You can't change the world if you don't know the BAsics.
Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution, Parts 1 and 2, a major speech by Bob Avakian
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.
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 BOB AVAKIAN
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.
Thise film was produced by Revolution Books (437 Malcolm X Blvd.), The Bob Avakian Institute and
the Revolution Books Educational Fund,(a 501c3 registered in NYS. To obtain our financial reporting go to revbooksedfund.org)
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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► Every Wednesday, 5-7pm
A discussion of the Quote of the Week from BAsics by Bob Avakian posted every Monday in the column to the left. Hosted by the Revolution Club. Everyone welcome.
► Tuesday, Jan 22, 7pm Andrew Delbanco author of the new historical work The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America's Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War
"Delbanco reminds us of the stakes of moral testing in every generation, and how the agents of change often begin their journeys under the most desperate circumstances."
-- Henry Louis Gates
► Friday, Jan 25, 7pm
author Issa Kohler-Hausmann reading from Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing
► Coming in February
author Mary Schmidt Campbell on her new book An American Odyssey: The Life and Work
of Romare Bearden
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Video from recent Revolution Books programs
Sherry Turner DeCarava speaking on
The Sweet Flypaper of Life
by Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes
and in conversation with Rev Books spokesperson Andy Zee.
"The Train to Skeleton Coast: A Tale of Murder and the Struggle for Freedom" with author Jean Cullander Krasno.
"New Communism" and Driving Out Trump and Pence. TYT's Cenk Uygur spoke with Andy Zee of Refuse Fascism and Revolution Books, NYC, about the threats posed by the Trump/Pence regime.
Garrard Conley on "Boy Erased," a young man forced at age 19 to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program to "cure" him of homosexuality.