More RB's Top 15 Picks from 2017

Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life—Jonathan Gould. The definitive account of the life and music of the beloved singer. Captures the turbulent times and his groundbreaking. Limited number of signed author copies.

Manhattan Beach—Jennifer Egan. Looking for a good read? This literary page-turner is about a woman working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War 2.

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America—Jennifer Harris. A delightful history and appreciation of the food we love.

We Were Eight Years in Power--Ta-Nehisi Coates. Collection of provocative writings by the writer described as the James Baldwin of our time. Includes his essay on what it says about America that a white supremacist is in the White House.

The New Communism—Bob Avakian. The science, the strategy, the leadership for an actual revolution, and a radically new society on the road to emancipation. For anyone who cares about the state of the world and the future of humanity.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
—Neil deGrasse Tyson. A brief and clear explanation of the universe from the scientist and writer. For the curious mind (with little time to spare).

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Powe
r—Beautiful collection documenting over 200 artworks--from painting to performance--produced by Black American artists, 1963 to 1983. Reveals the incredible range of radical artistic practices in a time of radical upheaval.

And Then The World Blew Up
—Mr. Fish. Visually stunning collection by this political cartoonist and satirist. For the edgy friend/sibling. Limited number of creatively-signed copies.

And For Young Readers

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
—Javaka Steptoe. Vibrant colors and a great introduction to Basquiat. A 2017 Coretta Scott King Award winner. Gr 1-5.