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Current Reading Recommendations

testThe Testaments
a novel by Margaret Atwood
The long-anticipated and Booker Prize-winning sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood continues the saga of the fictional theocracy where women are vessels, not allowed to read and treated as chattel. Disturbingly evocative of where the fascism of our times could lead if not stopped.


permrecPermanent Record
a memoir by Edward Snowden
How the former National Security Agency contractor stumbled on the U.S. government's massive and illegal global surveillance program--and his heroic, life-altering decision to make his way to Hong Kong and get this information out to the world.



notsNo One Is Too Small To Make A Difference
by Greta Thunberg
For ages 12 and up. From the speeches of the 16-year old climate-crisis activist who helped ignite the global strikes of young people to save the planet. "I want you to panic…I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."


waterdanceThe Water Dancer
a novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A young man gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved. Coates's first work of fiction.





tcueThey Called Us Enemy
by George Takei
Actor/activist/author Takei's memoir, done in graphic form, of his harrowing childhood as one of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry rounded up by FDR and placed in concentration camps during World War 2. He wants the reader to see the parallels to today.


ccwThe Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era
by Bob Avakian
For 30 years, Bob Avakian has been analyzing the rise of fascism in the United States. This collection of essays, articles, and excerpts from talks is indispensable for understanding the system and forces that led to a situation where a fascist regime is now in power, the lessons of history, and how revolutionaries must approach the battle to defeat fascism.

poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts
Betts became a poet in prison, after reading an anthology in solitary confinement. "A powerful work of lyric art [that is] also a tour de force indictment of the carceral industrial state."—NY Times Book Review



gabGender and Our Brains
by Gina Rippon
An authoritative debunking by a neuroscientist of the notion of a gendered brain…that also carries the message that a gendered world will produce pseudo-science and psycho-babble of a gendered brain.




odThe Old Drift
a novel by Namwali Serpell
An inter-generational novel from the Zambian-born writer. It combines history, romance, and science fiction, revealing the cruelties and absurdities of colonialism, and the yearning to create and to cross borders. “As ambitious as any first novel published this decade.”—NY Times


atppAda Twist and the Perilous Pants
by Andrea Beaty
Ages 6-10. Ada Twist, already known & beloved by readers aged 3-6, returns with her friends Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck. The threesome use science to figure out how to rescue Rosie's uncle who has flown away in a pair of out-of-control helium pants. It doesn't go smoothly!



yhThe Yellow House
a memoir by Sarah Bloom
Bloom's powerful and beautifully flowing memoir tells of her mother’s beloved shotgun house and the family she raised in "New Orleans East.” This National Book Award finalist is at once deeply personal and a social history of a Black population subjected to pervasive racism, the natural and social catastrophe of Katrina, and a heartless ruling bureaucracy.


Statement of Purpose

Mission Statement
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.

ART SALE On-going at Revolution Books:
Artwork donated by artists and collectors to support Revolution Books:
* Selected works in our collection here.
* Full collection including Posters, Prints, historic African Masks Sculptures available for purchase here.

Bob Avakian,
the New Communism,
and the Real Revolution

Read Individualism, BEB and the Illusion of “Painless Progress”
from a recent talk given by Bob Avakian

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.

Watch It... Spread It... Fund It...

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.



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

View the film and the Q&As here.

Getting to know Bob Avakian

NCBecause 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.

Come by the bookstore to get a copy or purchase on line:

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Featured in this week's Revolution:

Andy Zee’s Comments on Trump's Speech on the U.S./Iran Crisis: Gangster and Fascist


The Disaster in Australia and a World on Fire—What Is To Be Done?

Buy a Gift Certificate to Revolution Books!
Give the gift of books that inspire and inform while supporting Revolution Books. Gift Certificates available in the store or on line here:

Herb Boyd on Revolution Books and the legacy of independent bookstores in Harlem


Friday, January 24, 7-9pm
A Benefit for Revolution Books
Artist Dread Scott in conversation with Rev Books spokesperson Andy Zee

Dread Scott will tell and illustrate the story of this tremendous artwork, and discuss its significance with Andy Zee. On November 8 and 9, 2019, hundreds of re-enactors retraced the path of the largest rebellion of enslaved people in United States history, embodying a story of resistance, freedom and revolutionary action. This was the German Coast Uprising of 1811, which took place in the river parishes just outside of New Orleans.

Tickets for this January 24 event are available at Revolution Books and at

$75 includes wine & cheese reception at the bookstore with Dread Scott and Andy Zee, 5:30 pm

$15 general admission, 7:00 pm $10 students/limited income/sliding scale, 7:00 pm

Thursday, January 23, 7pm
Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal
with author Eric K. Washington

The story of the life of the chief porter of Grand Central Terminal’s Red Caps, the Harlem-based Black men at America’s most august railroad station. An account of the rich connection between Harlem and the railroads of the U.S… and the struggle against Jim Crow segregation.

Thursday, January 30, 7pm
Darwin's Apostles: The Men Who Fought to Have Evolution Accepted, Their Times, and How the Battle Continues
with co-author David Orenstein

The story of Darwin, his life, times, and some of the brave scientists who supported and advocated for the scientific theory of evolution…and how the battle continues today.

Saturday, February 1, 1-3pm
GriotWorld returns to RevBooks to read Jacqueline Woodson's This the Rope -- with music, puppets.

This is the Rope tells the multi-generational story of the Great Migration from the Jim Crow South to NYC. Ages 5+, all ages welcome.

The book is 10% off at the event. Revolution Books opens up the world -- and the imagining of a different world -- to readers of all ages.

Griot World includes story teller Michael J and musicians Monk, Sophia Loren Coffee and LeeOlive Tucker.

Sunday, Feb 9, 3:30-5:30pm
Pamela Laskin: Books that Deal with REAL Issues for All Ages

An afternoon with Pamela Laskin, children's author and director of CCNY's Poetry Outreach Center. Professor Laskin will read from and discuss her two newest young reader books to share and explore writing about some of the big problems confronting humanity. Appropriate for families, writers and all concerned human beings. Student groups & classes of all ages welcome.

Monster María/Marisol y El Huracán María tells in English and Spanish the story of young Marisol as a terrible storm looms. Why No Goodbye: Thirteen year old Jubair is left behind to fend for himself when his family flees genocide in Myanmar.

Suggested Donation for events at Revolution Books: $5-10* - No one turned away

*Author events, films, cultural events, and public forums at Revolution Books are presented by the Revolution Books Educational Fund. The Fund is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and a partner of Revolution Books. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contact RB at 212-691-3345 or for details.

Selected video from recent Revolution Books programs

Andy Worthington, British journalist and co-founder of Close Guantanamo, spoke at Revolution Books NYC on January 16, 2020, together with Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, attorney for current and former Guantanamo prisoners.

Andy Zee's Talk at Revolution Books Holiday Party to Celebrate and Save Revolution Books

Author David Wallace-Wells speaking on his new book "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" at Revolution Books NY on July 24, 2019. David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine.

Jason Stanley, author of "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them" speaking on the book and in conversation with Andy Zee.

"An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden" with author Mary Schmidt Campbell and in conversation with Rev Books spokesperson Andy Zee.

More VIDEOS from past programs at Rev Books.


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