Our shelves and tables are filled. If you give gifts for the holidays, give books that matter! Here are just a few of our recent arrivals.
Thinner Than Skin
by Uzma Aslam Khan
"In gorgeous prose, Khan writes about Pakistan, a land of breathtaking beauty, and complex relationships between people who are weighted with grief and essrangement....A novel of great lucidity and tenderness, filled with splendid descriptions of the land, the people who have always inhabitedit, and those who are irresistably drawn to it." [from a review by Therese Soukar Chehade]
Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality
by Gail Dines
"A thoughtul analysis of pornography's infiltration into the American economy, its detrimental effects on the sexual and emotional health of women and men, and its ability to perpetuate both sexism and racism." [from the book jacket]
Hungry for Peace:
How you can help end poverty and war with Food Not Bombs
by Keith McHenry
"Food Not Bombs is a glistening, beautiful arrow pointing us toward antoher way, rooted in belief that we are all part of one another and that we actually can feed a hungry world while helping our planet survive." [from a review by Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence]
Resistance Behind Bars:
The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
by Victoria Law, with an intro by Laura Whitehorn
"Written in regular English, rather than academese, this is an impressive work of research and reportage." [from a review by Mumia Abu-Jamal]
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
by Richard Dawkins, illustrated by Dave McKean
Packed with dazzling illustrations, and jaw-dropping facts, The Magic of Reality explains a wide range of natural phenomena. This is a stunning, illustrated guide to the secrets of our world - and the universe beyond." [from the book jacket].
Slingshot Pocket Calendar
Still only $6
Now in its 19th year of publication, the Slingshot Organizer is a must-have for punks, radicals, free thinkers, and the young at heart. And Revolution Books is the only place in Hawai`i where you can get it.
by Janine Oshiro
"Seeking to identify the self that straddles both spiritual and physical worlds, Janine Oshiro's multidimensional poems are borderlands—wild and uncontained—where vision and illusion become crucial to survival. Pier is a place of frenzied collision where human industry meets feral ocean, a place of arrivals, departures, and transitions. Within these unique architectures, lyric intensity abounds and our identities discover a common landscape". [catalog description]
Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence
by Christian Parenti
"If you read one book on climate change this year...Tropic of Chaos should be it. The way you undertand the changing climate, and the resulting conflicts that serrate our world, will be transformed." [review by Bookforum]
by Nawal El Saadawi
The first words of this book are: "The novel caused tremendous outrage." The novel itself is about a young woman who has "no family, no university degree, no national identity card." Revolution Books carries a number of El Saadawi's books, including classic, "Woman at Point Zero," and her more recently released "Zeina."
Wizard of the Crow
a Novel by Ngugi Wa Thiong`o pb $15.00
"Commencing in "our times" and set in the fictional "Free republic of Brurira," Wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, this magnificent novel reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity."
We also carry Ngugi Wa Thiong`o's recently released memoir, "Dreams in a Time of War."
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your american History Texbook Got Wrong
(completely revised and updated) by James W. Loewen pb $16.99
"Thought-provoking, non-partisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs and enlightened citizens across the country."
Physics of the Future
by Michio Kaku $15.95
"Renowned theoretical physicist Michio Kaku details the developments in computer technology, artifical intelligence, medicine and space travel that are poised to happen over the next hundred years..."
Create Dangerously, the Immigrant Artist at Work
by Edwidge Danticat $14.95
"Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite [or because of] the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis.
Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BP's Rise to Power
by Mike Magner $18.00
"The value in reading a book like this is to realize that what multinational corporations do can affect not only their employees but also whole towns and, in the case of the Gulf oil spill, vast regions of the country..."
"Everything You've Been Told About Communism is Wrong:
Capitalism is a Failure, Revolution is the Solution
by Raymond Lotta, $2 pamphlet
This speech, given by Raymond Lotta during his national campus speaking tour, is now in pamphlet form. The version given at Harvard University was serialized in Revolution Newspaper. An invaluable response to all those who toss around the lies they've heard as though they were true.
The Grand Design
by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Just released in pb; $18.00
"Why and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent "grand design of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion - or does science offer another explanation." Beautifully illustrated.
The Cave Painters: Proving the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
by Gregory Curtis pb $15.95
"...a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and spain - the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery."
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork,Pulitzer Priz-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life."
"The Year of the Flood
by Margaret Atwood $15.00
"leave it to Atwood to find humor in a post-apolocalyptic world as she covertly, and brilliantly, addresses questions of how we need to live on an imperiled planet.
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos
by Brian Greene $15.00
"The bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos tackles perhaps the most mind-bending question in modern physics and cosmology: Is our universe the only universe?"
At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - a New History of the Civil Rights Movement
by Danielle L. McGuire $16.95
"A vital retelling...Full of lively storytelling, and buttressed by excellent research, Danielle McGuire's provocative narrative forces readers to rethink what they know about that pivotal movement in U.S. history: its time frame, its actors, its legacy.
by Amit Majmudar $14.00
"As India is rent into two nations with the creation of Pakistan, communal violence breaks out on both sides of the new border and streaming hordes of refugees flee from blood and chaos....A dramatic, luminous story of families and nations broken and formed, Partitions, written with piercing beauty, alive with moral passion and sorroful insight, is a rueful masterpiece." Kirkus Reviews. Partitions just arrived and none of us has read it. Be the first to tell us whether you like it or not - and why.