The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

Review by Bill Svoboda
For the longest time I resisted reading anything by someone with the name "Starhawk"-it screamed "New Age" -i.e. fuzzy,sloppy thinking that rejected both politics and science and embraced consumerism. But I was wrong- you don't need to be a Goddess worshipper to appreciate the intelligence/wisdom in this book. I found that a good place to begin reading this book was actually starting near the ending.

What are People For?

Review by Bill Svoboda
Good book (as if I would think anything by Wendell Barry is bad!). Given it's philosophical bent, it has aged well (some of these essays are now over 30 years old). As good an essayist as Barry is, it is as a poet that he truly shines.

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Review by Cody Harder
"Stories Of The Apocalypse"? How can you lose (ha ha) with a subtitle like THAT? But aside from the bar getting raised by so much dystopian water under the (ruined) bridge- this just isn't very original or eye opening even by the standards of say, 30 years ago. George Martin , Octavia Butler and Gene Wolfe-to name a few-have all done better-and bleaker-than this.

Prisoners of the American Dream

Review by Cody Harder
I like Mike Davis's writing, but this book is very dated-not in the sense that what's in it is inaccurate, but simply because it is over 30 years old- and is looking backwards from that perspective. It is of most value as "history" rather than contemporary political science`

The Handmaid's Tale

Review by Kathleen Cross
This book reads like a war memoir, it's told from perspective of a woman telling her life story before and after a terrifying patriarchial takeover of society. Even though the rules of the new society are really strange and bizarre, it feels really lived in and real. It shows you how fast society can collapse and the way women can help eachother or hurt eachother for their own gain under patriarchy.

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

Review by N8RS Witham
A disturbing account of Nazi war crimes from a time before the Holocaust had crystallized into neat narratives. The primary focus of the book is the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the only Nazi to be tried by a Jewish court. Hannah Arendt digs deep into Eichmann's psychology, asking questions that flesh out the cardboard concept we have today of what it was like in Nazi Europe, and the inhuman flaws intrinsic to the functioning of any State. Definitely a read worth pondering in these cyclical times.

1984

Review by Cody Harder
A classic of dystopian sci-fi that is still very relevant today. The oppressive theme and kafkaesque plotline are both compelling and repulsive, a nightmarish, totalitarian society not difficult to imagine. Don't miss the interesting section at the end concerning the grammatical principles of Newspeak (the language of IngSoc).

1Q84

Review by Kryssanne Adams
This book captured me and put my life on hold until I could finish it. I fell asleep reading it, woke up next to it, rolled over, and read as long as I could before going on with my day (and thinking about the characters all day when I was away from the book). It's full of satisfying synchronicities, and Murakami gets away with all sorts of weirdness by weaving an intricate sort of dream logic throughout the story. If you're looking an engrossing world to fall into to distract you from your life, read 1Q84.

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

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