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Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
Martin’s). A beautifully written, upbeat, place-based
novel follows characters
in a human community on Mt. Hood, Oregon, as well as a family of martens
live in the same area.
The God of War by Marisa Silver
Schuster). A gripping and touching
novel is told from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy with a mentally
disabled younger brother, both of whom live with their mother in a poor
community near California’s Salton Sea.
Joelito’s Big Decision by
and Daniel Camacho (Hard Ball
Press). In this 30-page book
for kids, ten-year-old Joelito and his family are on their way into a fast
restaurant for burgers when he finds his best friend and the friend’s
outside with other workers protesting low pay. Joelito learns about the
low-wage workers’ movement in his community and across the country.
Understanding Mass Incarceration by
James Kilgore (New
Press). A highly readable and
informative guide explains how and why politicians created mass
in America, how it targets people of color, and what can be done about it
The Essential Bernie Sanders and His
Vision for America edited by Jonathan Tasini (Chelsea
Green). Most books to promote candidates consist of promises and
bearing little resemblance to the candidate’s actual record or likely
performance in office. This one is an exception because it mainly uses
speeches and position papers from before he
was a candidate for president. This short paperback also stands out because
so many issues during his career Sanders advocated much more far-reaching
reforms than candidates of either major party typically discuss.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Farrar, Straus, and
Giroux). This satiric novel about race in America leaves
no one unskewered.
by Shin Eun-jung (PM
Press). Like other prestigious universities, Harvard portrays itself as
independent center for academic teaching and research. But an examination
its history shows its role in maintaining the American power structure.
Chapters examine Harvard’s relationship with the military, its role
foreign policy, its own labor policies, and much more.
War by Megan Erickson
(Verso). An educator takes a
wide-ranging look at schools in America today and
how an elite “reform” agenda, combined with cutbacks for public
low-income neighborhoods, is exacerbating inequality.
Sanaaq by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (University of
Manitoba). A rare novel written by an Inuit author provides
an intimate view of how her people lived before white people came and how
were impacted by that interaction.
Planning for Rural Resilience edited
by Wayne J. Caldwell (University of
Manitoba). Chapters look at how
particular rural communities in Canada are making changes to confront
change and the need to transition to cleaner sources of energy.
Playing As If The World Mattered
Gabriel Kuhn (PM). A radical
athlete uses more than a hundred
illustrations to tell brief stories of grassroots sports activism from the
century through the 1960s to today.
Guide to Health and Safety
valuable, easy to use resource on issues that affect industrial workers
the world, from poverty wages and violence to chemicals and ergonomic
It was produced by Hesperian, the publisher that developed the popular
education guide, “Where There is No Doctor.”
From Foreclosure to Fair Lending
edited by Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires (New
More than 5 million U.S.
families lost their homes to foreclosure in the Great Recession, in part
predatory lending policies that especially targeted communities of color.
movement put new focus on the need for affordable housing for all and on
disobedience strategies that may be needed to achieve that
The Other Blacklist
Mary Helen Washington (Columbia University
Press). The blacklisting of Americans in the arts during
the McCarthy era is often recounted with a focus on white writers,
and Hollywood figures. An historian focuses on five African Americans to
explore how black writers and artists were targeted by the FBI for
justice and other causes.
from the Paradise Isle edited by Heidi Kim (University Press of
human impact of the U.S. concentration camps for Japanese Americans during
World War II is brought home by one family’s diary entries, letters,
and other intimate materials from that time.
Team. One of the most powerful
documentaries made about the U.S. war in Afghanistan, or about any war, is
based on startlingly candid and heart-rending interviews with young
soldiers about what they did and witnessed on patrol. That includes being
to plant grenades or other weapons after the fact to justify the killing of
innocent civilians. When one had a crisis of conscience over what happened,
and others were court martialed. The practice of planting weapons on
common, one soldier explains: “We’re just the ones that got
higher-ups were charged.
Leith. A prominent white
supremacist began buying up property in a town of 24 residents in rural
Dakota with the intention of moving other militant sympathizers there to
over local government and establish a base. Fearing for their safety, local
families united to try to protect their community.
Concord. An 84-year-old grandmother
is shown by her grandson what plastic waste is doing to the world’s
and other residents of Concord, MA, mount a successful three-year
campaign that convinces their town to ban the sale of single-serving
bottles of water. They have to overcome well-financed opposition from the
bottling industry and its political allies, including threats to sue the
futility and absurdity of war is highlighted in this quiet and visually
feature film about an Estonian immigrant farmer caught between Georgian loyalists and
Abkhazian separatists in 1992 fighting. He
rescues two wounded soldiers, one from each side, and takes them into his
to nurse them back to health.
Am Femen. A
of young women in Ukraine began to protest against sexism and homophobia
street theater and direct action protests carried out while topless –
gain more attention for their cause and to express control over their own
identity. The Ukrainian and Russian governments responded with physical
violence. The movement now has units in many other European
Motivation. Young Israeli
draftees serve at a remote desert base, fighting boredom and sexism in this
feature film that often has overtones of the film Office
Game Face. Transgender mixed martial arts
fighter Fallon Fox and gay
player Terrence Clemens, a former
school youth league teammate of NBA star James Harden, are
the focus of
this documentary about challenges LGBT athletes often
Abbey was not only an author but an activist who helped inspire many others
take direct action to stop irreversible environmental damage by
and their allies in government. Movements he helped inspire were
and disrupted by the FBI. Today, direct action continues against fracking
other practices of the oil and gas industry.
Salt of the
Earth. The 40-year career
famed photographer Sebastião
Salgado is the subject of
this documentary. Salgado began his career focusing on horrendous working
conditions, poverty, refugees, and war. In his older years he is now taking
pictures of the planet’s natural beauty.
Modern Blues by The Waterboys.
story telling is the strength of this Irish rock band.
Love for Levon. 27 Levon Helm songs are
performed live by others, including My Morning Jacket, Mavis Staples,
Williams, John Hiatt, and Marc Cohn.
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