For 39 years Revolution Books-Honolulu has been an oasis for all who find the current state of the world intolerable and who yearn for a better future. In order to continue to keep its doors open in Honolulu we need to raise big money to pay down debts, meet increasing costs of overhead, and expand our stock of progressive books that speak to current events and trends as well revolutionary literature that puts forward a vision of the world as it COULD be.
These are some of our recent arrivals. Because inventories of each are limited we suggest you call the store to place your copy on hold if you can't come in soon.
American Kundiman (Poetry), by Patrick Rosal. "The kundiman is a traditional Filipino love song that became a coded expression of love of country during the Spanish colonial period....The child of immigrants, Rosal explores ideas of heritage and belonging in the eclectic verse that is his trademark" [From the book jacket].
" Rosal is a second generation Filipino whose heritage is a rich part of his work, but he is also an all-American urban kid...[with]the boastful beat of hip-hop...
[Time Out New York review].
Rosal will be reading from his book at UH-Manoa on Thursday, Jan 29 at 3pm and at Kapiolani Community College on Tuesday, Jan 27 at 12:15pm.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, by Naomi Klein. Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer abouut changing the lightbulbs. It's about changing the world -- before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. [from the book jacket]. Discounted 20% as long as our supply lasts.
Naomi Klein will speak at the UN-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom on Thursday, February 26, at 6pm-7:30pm. No tickets; no admission, so come early if you expect to get a seat.
An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
" Dunbar-Ortiz's assessment and conclusions are necessary tools for all indigenous peoples seeking to address and remedy the legacy of US colonial domination that continues to subvert indigenous human rights in today's global world." [review by Mililani Trask].
"An Indigenous Peoples' History pulls up the paving stones and lays bare the deep history of the United States, from the corn to the reservations. If the United is a "crime science" as she calls it then Dunbar-Ortiz is its forensic scientist. A sobering look at a grave history." [review by Vijay Prashad]
20% discount as long as current supplies last.
The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah.
"This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy. And though it is filled with grim reality of this long and deadly, ugly and dehumanizing conflict, it also offers hope: that as more people awaken to the shocking reality of what has for decades been going on, we can bring understanding and restitution to the Palestian people [review by Alice Walker]
Nowhere People, by Daniel Hahn. [fiction] "Through sudden shifts in the characters' lives, this novel takes in the whole story: telling of love, loss and family, it spans the worlds of Sao Paulo's rich kids and dispossessed Guarani Indians along Brazil's highways. One man escapes into an immigrant squatter's life in London, while another's performance activism leads to unexpected fame on YouTube.
Written from the gut, Nowhere People is a raw and passionate classic in the making, about our need for a home. [from the book jacket]
Ebony & Ivy,: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, by Craig Steven Wilder. "...delivers an incendiary exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, race, and higher educaiton in America. Looking at many of America's most revered institutions, he shows how the slave economy and the university grew up together, each nurturing the other. Money from the purchase and sale of human beings built the campuses and stocked the libraries, while slaves waited on faculty and students. Indeed our leading universities were not only dependent on enslavement, but became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it." [from the book jacket]
The author appeared at Revolution Books NYC to speak about his book and research. The video is available on the Revolution Books NYC website. Click "videos" in the upper left hand corner to explore.
Black Prophetic Fire: by Cornel West, in Dialogue with and Edited by Christa Buschendorf. "Are we witnessing the death of Black prophetic fire in our time?... The fundamental shift from a we-consciousness to an I-consciousness reflected not only a growing sense of Black collective defeat but also a Black embrace of the seductive myth of individualism in American culutre...American society is ruled by big money, and American culture is a way of life obsessed with money...The deep hope shot through this dialogue is that Black prophetic fire never dies; that the Black prophetic tradition forever fourishes, and that a new wave of young brothers and sisters of all colors see and feel that it is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice. [from the book jacket]
On the Run, by Alice Goffman. "On the Run" is the best treatment I know of the wretched underside of neoliberal capitalist America. Despite the social misery and fragmented relations, she gives us a subtle analysis and poignant portrait of our fellow citizens who struggle to preserve their sanity and dignity. [review by Cornel West]
"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
Listed at $18; on sale for $12.00
If you haven't yet read this book, it's a must-read. If you've read it and liked it, buy a copy for a friend. If you don't yet know the book, read (or listen to) Michael Slate's interview with Michelle Alexander on KPFK: Michelle Alexander