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New and Recommended Titles
from the Staff of Revolution Books

barracoonBarracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo
by Zora Neale Hurston
A true literary event. In 1927, the great novelist and folklorist interviewed Oluale Kosssula, the last-known survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, recounting his life in his own words and vernacular. Viking Press demanded removal of "Black dialect"; Hurston refused; and the manuscript lay in obscurity for 87 years. Until now! From the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, with a foreword from Alice Walker.

tmaiTen Myths About Israel
by Ilan Pappé
Pappe is a preeminent Israeli historian and supporter of the Palestinian cause. In this concise, clearly written, and well-documented book, he refutes the pervasive falsehoods and outright historical lies used to justify Zionist-Israeli colonization, ethnic cleansing, and occupation of Palestine. With the U.S. opening its embassy in Jerusalem and providing support and diplomatic cover for Israel's latest wave of massacres of Palestinians, Ten Myths About Israel is an urgent handbook.

WTFWhy Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation
by By Alan Burdick
What is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? An intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us.


cgThe Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South
by Michael W. Twitty
An illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces the author's ancestry—both Black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Part history, part memoir, and part personal detective story… and, yes, sprinkled with recipes.


anhAmerica Is Not the Heart: A Novel
by Elaine Castillo
The female protagonist of this novel had been a medic in the guerrilla New People's Army in the Philippines in the 1970s. Captured and tortured by the government, disowned by her conservative parents, she eventually makes her way to America, and becomes part of the immigrant experience--where nurses pull 16-hour shifts and surgeons can only work as security guards. A vivid portrait of the Filipino diaspora of the 1990s that revisits America's historical crimes in the Philippines.

HeritageThe Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
by Howard Bryant
An up-to-the-minute account of the new wave of political-social activism of Black athletes—and the racist insistence that Black human beings can only be performative bodies. Bryant (of ESPN) points to the utter hypocrisy of the accusation that Black athletes are "politicizing" sports when sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement.

MBManhattan Beach: A Novel
by Jennifer Egan
Egan's novel has just been selected as the "One Book, One New York" title that will be read and discussed at libraries, book clubs, in schools. Set in World War II at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, and with the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan's first historical novel follows Anna Kerrigan and an old friend of her father into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men.

ldfmLife Doesn't Frighten Me
(25th Anniversary Edition)

by Maya Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Sara Jane Boyers
"Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn't frighten me at all"
Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young and old. Angelou's strong words are matched by the daring vision of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Not just for children!


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Revolution newspaper, the voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party enables people to really understand, and act to radically change, the world...


An Invitation to Learn About—and Change—the World
If you are grappling with the big questions, right now is the time to dig deeply into the work of Bob Avakian (BA)

Featured in this week's Revolution:
An Empire of Exploitation, a World of Misery, and the Revolution Humanity Cries Out For


Dear Jeremy Scahill: Yes, The Democrats ARE Part of the Problem—So Stop Pretending They Can Be Part of the Solution!

A Regime that could destroy civilization. You think you know
. . . but you don't



In The Name of Humanity We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America
A Better World IS Possible

This talk from Bob Avakian (BA) provides a scientific understanding of the roots of this fascist regime—in the history of the U.S. and the deeper roots in the system of capitalism-imperialism. He does so with passion, humor, humanity, and a deep sense of history. He cuts into the deepest, most agonizing questions, first in the speech and then in wide-ranging Questions and Answers.

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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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.


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

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:

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.

Coming Events

Sunday, June 17, 4-5:30pm
Roundtable discussion with RB staff member and political economist Raymond Lotta about his article An Empire of Exploitation, A World of Misery, The Revolution Humanity Cries Out For.


If an iPhone had an app for the blood that courses through its production, what would you see? Read the article here, join the discussion.

Tuesday, June 19, 7pm
Making Revolution Books Known Everywhere--The Political, Intellectual, and Cultural Center of a Movement for an Actual Revolution.
azJust discovering RB? Or a longstanding friend of the store. Come be part of the discussion with RB spokesperson Andy Zee about the mission of Revolution Books, and how you can contribute -- in ways big and small-- to growing this bookstore and the movement for revolution.

Thursday, June 21, 3-9pm
Drive Out the Trump/Pence Regime Block Party
Refuse Fascism
, in partnership with RB and NYC Revolution Club present 6 bands performing in front of Revolution Books from 3pm til 9 at night: The Resistance Company, Ecce Shnak, Descendent , Jam No Peanut, Foster Forgets, Seppukku Pistoles, $hift. It's all part of Refuse Fascism, in partnership with RB and NYC Revolution Club present 6 bands performing in front of Revolution Books from 3pm til 9 at night: The Resistance Company, Ecce Shnak, Descendent , Jam No Peanut, Foster Forgets, Seppukku Pistoles, $hift. It's all part of Make Music NY -- a one day pop-up of 400 live performances in venues around NYC.

Friday, June 22, 7pm
RNLBA Speaks: Revolution--
Nothing Less!

Film of Bob Avakian's 2012 Talk.This film can change how you see the world and what you do with the rest of your life.

From a revolutionary brother in Harlem: "A different future is possible for us and humanity. BA has the light to get us out of the horror. But you have to hear for yourself. Take that first step."

Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
BAA regime that could destroy civilization. You think you know...but you don't. Watch the Film of  Bob Avakian's Talk: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go--In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascism America. A Better World IS Possible.

Watch for coming films at Rev Books:
The Visitor, The Young Marx
and The Square.

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.

Video from recent Revolution Books programs

Howard Bryant on "The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism."

Revolution Books national spokesperson Andy Zee on "Why Fascists Want to Burn Down Revolution Books, Berkeley—and Why We Must Stand Together to Defend All Bookstores Under Attack in the Age of Trump!" Read the statement by PEN AMERICA in support of Revolution Books here.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o with his prison memoir "Wrestling with the Devil," Part I. View Part II here.

More VIDEOS from past programs at Rev Books.

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