Persepolis:
The Story of a Childhood
by Mariane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is Marjane Satrapi's beautiful graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the 1978 popular overthrow of the hated U.S.-installed Shah (King) and the hijacking of that revolution by the brutal Islamic fundamentalist regime. As women rebel against the forced hijab and her rebellious spirit clashes with Iran's "morality police", Marjane's family of intellectuals and resisters fear for her life. She is spirited away to Europe, on her own at age 14, illustrated in Satrapi's Persepolis sequels. The series has been translated from the original French into dozens of languages. Persepolis 1 was adapted as a graphic film in 2007, and was a top "banned book" in 2014 as America's theocratic movements objected to its graphic language and imagery. Paperback: $16.00
One week only: $12.00 at RB's online store & at RB in Harlem

The Myth of Race:

The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea

by Robert Wald Sussman

 

There is far less genetic diversity in humans than within most other species of large mammals, yet for much of recent history people have been preoccupied with the idea that humans are divided in distinct biologically different groups called “races.” The Myth of Race shows how this false and unscientific idea was created, and what interests it serves. It also shows how “bad science” has been wielded to distort truth and promote vicious programs like eugenics and genocide, while actual science has fought for the truth about the oneness of humanity. Like an intellectual detective story, The Myth of Race traces the history of “race” over five centuries.

Paperback: $22.00

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Gangsters of Capitalism:

Smedley Butler, The Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire

by Jonathan Katz

 

Recommendation from a reader and friend of RevBooks:

Katz follows Butler as he enlists as a young man until the retired Marine is warning America about who their military really serves around the world as it invades other countries for the interests of United Fruit, or Wall Street fat cats, or the oil industry. Katz describes how U.S. Marines, and other services, invaded and occupied Cuba, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Panama, Haiti, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic - overthrowing governments that were not 100% amenable to America's ruling class and installing friendly, ruthless dictators. Katz visits those countries now to follow up on the trail of blood that Butler and his ilk left behind, exploring and revealing the damage that an imperialist United States has done around the world since the 1890s. Hardcover, $29.99

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Let's get down to basics - humanity needs revolution, nothing less, and Bob Avakian's work is where you go to get into the revolution

BAsics, from the talks and writings of Bob Avakian By Bob Avakian Cover Image
Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (draft proposal) By Bob Avakian Cover Image
THE NEW COMMUNISM: The science, the strategy, the leadership for an actual revolution, and a radically new society on the road to real emancipation By Bob Avakian Cover Image
From Ike to Mao and Beyond: My Journey from Mainstream America to Revolutionary Communist By Bob Avakian Cover Image
Science and Revolution: On the Importance of Science and the Application of Science to Society, the New Synthesis of Communism and the Leadership of Bob Avakian By Ardea Skybreak Cover Image

Forced Motherhood = Female Enslavement

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel): A Novel By Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault (Illustrator) Cover Image
Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights By Karen Blumenthal Cover Image
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights By Katha Pollitt Cover Image
Abortion & Life By Jennifer Baumgardner Cover Image

Oppression of Women and LGBTQ People

Break All The Chains
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty By Dorothy Roberts Cover Image
What We Talk about When We Talk about Rape By Sohaila Abdulali Cover Image
Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families By Pamela Paul Cover Image
Trans: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present #3) By Jack Halberstam Cover Image

NEW (or Must-Read) NON-FICTION:
Path-breaking ... prize-winning ... may be targeted for fascist banning

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World By Dorothy Roberts Cover Image
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Art Spiegelman Cover Image
You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Genevieve West Cover Image
The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America By Carol Anderson Cover Image

HOW LONG? After 400 yrs, long past time for this system of oppression & murder to go!

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present By Harriet A. Washington Cover Image
Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism By Edward E. Baptist Cover Image
Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World By Dorothy Roberts Cover Image
American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt By Daniel Rasmussen Cover Image

American Empire and American Crimes

Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (American Crossroads #56) By Stuart Schrader Cover Image
Coffeeland: One Man's Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug By Augustine Sedgewick Cover Image
Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World By Todd Miller Cover Image
The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II (Dispatch Books) By John W. Dower Cover Image
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 By Rashid Khalidi Cover Image

NEW (and great) NOVELS to stir the mind & imagination

Mercy Street: A Novel By Jennifer Haigh Cover Image
The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
Harlem Shuffle: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
Moon and the Mars: A Novel By Kia Corthron Cover Image
Seasons in Hippoland (The Africa List) By Wanjiku Wa Ngugi Cover Image

Biography and memoir

Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo By Mansoor Adayfi Cover Image
Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South By Winfred Rembert, Erin I. Kelly, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by) Cover Image
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X By Les Payne, Tamara Payne Cover Image
Basquiat By Marc Mayer (Editor) Cover Image
Big Black: Stand at Attica By Frank "Big Black" Smith, Jared Reinmuth, Ameziane (Illustrator) Cover Image

Fiction from around the world to expand your world

The Vanishing Half: A Novel By Brit Bennett Cover Image
Sharks in the Time of Saviors: A Novel By Kawai Strong Washburn Cover Image
A Burning: A novel By Megha Majumdar Cover Image
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
The Old Drift: A Novel By Namwali Serpell Cover Image

ART BOOKS: Beauty, imagination & provocation

Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South By Winfred Rembert, Erin I. Kelly, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by) Cover Image
Basquiat: Boom for Real By Eleanor Nairne, Dieter Buchhart, Lotte Johnson (Contributions by) Cover Image
Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art By Antwaun Sargent (Editor), Antwaun Sargent (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Thomas Lax (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration By Nicole R. Fleetwood Cover Image
We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World By Jasmin Hernandez, Swizz Beatz (Foreword by), Sunny Leerasanthanah (By (photographer)), Jasmine Durhal (By (photographer)) Cover Image

KIDS' BOOKS: New & old faves for children to understand & change the world too

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water By Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, Nikkolas Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
Antiracist Baby Board Book By Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator) Cover Image
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Snail with the Right Heart: A True Story By Maria Popova, Ping Zhu (Illustrator) Cover Image
The Life Of/La Vida de Jean-Michel Basquiat By Patty Rodriguez, Ariana Stein, Citlali Reyes (Illustrator) Cover Image

NEW (or Don't-Miss) COOKBOOKS:
Recipes, stories & poetry about the human experience of food

Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] By Bryant Terry (Editor) Cover Image
The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the Flavors and Memories of Mexico By Mely Martínez Cover Image
Appetites: A Cookbook By Anthony Bourdain, Laurie Woolever Cover Image
Bound to the Fire: How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine By Kelley Fanto Deetz Cover Image
The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen By Sean Sherman, Beth Dooley (Contributions by) Cover Image

The roots of Amerikkkan fascism and what we must do now

The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism By Katherine Stewart Cover Image
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland By Jonathan M. Metzl Cover Image
Wilmington's Lie (Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize): The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy By David Zucchino Cover Image
The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era
How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them By Jason Stanley Cover Image

NO to U.S. War on Iran! Free All Political Prisoners In Iran! --Necessary readings

Bringing Forward Another Way
Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran, 1988 By Nasser Mohajer, Angela Davis (Foreword by) Cover Image
The Complete Persepolis: Volumes 1 and 2 (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Marjane Satrapi Cover Image
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror By Stephen Kinzer Cover Image
The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason By Ali A. Rizvi Cover Image

Fiction and the raw truth of racist America

The Prophets By Robert Jones, Jr. Cover Image
The Underground Railroad: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
Kindred By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
Beloved (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
The Nickel Boys: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image

Art and music

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration By Nicole R. Fleetwood Cover Image
W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America By The W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts, Whitney Battle-Baptiste (Editor), Britt Rusert (Editor) Cover Image
Roy DeCarava: the sound i saw By Roy DeCarava (By (artist)), Sherry Turner DeCarava (Text by), Radiclani Clytus (Text by) Cover Image
Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas By Emory Douglas, Sam Durant (Editor), Danny Glover (Foreword by), Bobby Seale (Preface by), Kathleen Cleaver (Contributions by) Cover Image

Poetry

Citizen: An American Lyric By Claudia Rankine Cover Image
Floaters: Poems By Martín Espada Cover Image
Honey in Harlem By David Ellis Cover Image
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (LOA #333): A Library of America Anthology By Kevin Young (Editor) Cover Image
Felon: Poems By Reginald Dwayne Betts Cover Image

Libros en Español

Lo BAsico, de los discursos y escritos de Bob Avakian (Spanish Edition) By Bob Avakian Cover Image
Lola: Edición en español de ISLANDBORN By Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator) Cover Image
Largo pétalo de mar By Isabel Allende Cover Image
The Cat in the Hat/El Gato Ensombrerado (The Cat in the Hat Spanish Edition): Bilingual Edition (Classic Seuss) By Dr. Seuss Cover Image
Guerra Contra Todos los Puertorriqueños: Revolución y Terror en la Colonia Americana By Nelson A. Denis Cover Image

Science and the environment

Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent By Harriet A. Washington Cover Image
A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind By Harriet A. Washington Cover Image
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory By Brian Greene Cover Image
The Science of Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: Knowing What's Real and Why It Matters By Ardea Skybreak Cover Image
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry By Neil deGrasse Tyson Cover Image