Octavia's Brood-Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Review by McKenzie Smedley
This book was highly referenced in a course about magic, decolonization, and the feminized body as a terrain for oppression and resistance.

Root & Branch: The Rise of the Workers Movements

Review by Tuck Tucker
Not found on shelves. Should be switched to Labor history shelves

It Can't Happen Here

Review by Tuck Tucker
A fictional fascist coup-by-ballot in the USA in the late 1930s. The author's informal subtitle was to be '...the hell it can't!'. There are some scary parallels to Trumpism.

A People In Arms

Review by Tuck Tucker
This is the sequel to Sandinista. It takes the story of the Nicaraguan revolution to the end of the Somoza dictatorship and the entry of the revolutionaries into Managua.

Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World

Review by Tuck Tucker
This book, when purchased, should go on the Labor and Workers shelf [next to 'Activism']

Megahex

Review by Kryssanne Adams
Mega Hex is funny, but also pretty fucked up. It revolves around mean spirited pranks, ridiculous party scenarios, constant weed consumption, and depression. The story revolves I laughed when I saw Daniel Clowes' review on the back, where he says something about being glad he doesn't have to hang out with anyone like Hanselmann's protagonists ever again--I felt the same.

Sandinista

Review by Tuck Tucker
This book follows bourgeois and revolutionary characters during the initial stages of the Sandinista revolt against the Somoza dictatorship. The Alt Lib has a number of nonfiction accounts of the Sandinista period in Nicaragua.

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Review by David Czuba
A stylish graphic novel in the post-dystopian vein. Queen Hannah and Cadillac Jack brave the environment, reptiles, the weirdo goon squads, and their disparate world views to converge on the secret weapon. Schultz gives us so much of Hannah's bust, ass and crotch with killer looks between she and Jack - even a well-placed hand by Hannah near Jack's crotch - that you'd expect horny toads to pop out of a panel at any moment. Alas, that only happens with actual humanoid horny toads, and not the heroic characters themselves.

The Wobblies: The Story of Syndicalism in the United States

Review by Tuck Tucker
Shelved in Unions and Labor History

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 7; Labor and World War 1

Review by Tuck Tucker
Shelved in Unions and Labor History

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 10; The T.U.E.L. 1925-1929

Review by Tuck Tucker
Shelved in Unions and Labor History

Utopian Legacies - A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World

Review by Alexander Chadsey
I don't often read history texts cover-to-cover, but was compelled to completely ford this one. Within the relatively short format of this book (287 pages) J.C. Mohawk lends you his lens for seeing the liminal facets of Western history that have been obscured and 'forgotten' by the dominant culture. The bulk of the text is concerned with dissecting the obsession in Western thought with the 'pursuit of the ideal,' wherein people believe that "all reasonable human beings who have access to an adequate base of information will pursue an identical concept of what is 'ideal' or 'good'" (Mohawk, p.1). Starting with tribal, then Helenistic cultures,working through the eras to the present, Mohawk points out the distinct movements that significantly altered the beliefs of civilizations on a historical scale. He categorizes these movements into two broad categories used throughout the text: utopian ideologies and revitalization movements. Much of the book is a reexamination of familiar historical events seen through these two filters, sifting out the agrandizement and preconceived notions that justified great and terrible things throughout the development of the culture we now occupy. While the biggest limitation to this book is its short length and inability to delve to deeply into any one movement, it succeeds in piqueing the reader's interest in examining these formative events (and one's own place in the dominant culture) with a much more critical eye. [P.s. if you teach an introductory history class, this would be a great text to incorporate into your curriculum :) ]

Infinite Jest

Review by Dylan Freeman
A Perfect book. Has the best ending to any book of all time.

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