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David Gilbert Author- LOVE AND STRUGGLE MY LIFE IN SDS, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, AND BEYOND

LOVE AND STRUGGLE  MY LIFE IN SDS, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, AND BEYOND

by David Gilbert   .   introduction by Boots Riley

“David’s is a unique and necessary voice forged in the growing American gulag, the underbelly of the ‘land of the free,’ offering a focused and unassailable critique as well as a vision of a world that could be but it not yet – a place of peace and love, joy and justice.”- Bill Ayers, author of FUGITIVE DAYS AND TEACHING TOWARD FREEDOM

“Like many of his contemporaries, David Gilbert gambled his life on a vision of a more just and generous world.  His particular bet cost him the last three decades in prison, and whether or not you agree with his youthful decision, you can be the beneficiary of his years of deep thought, reflection, and analysis on the reality we all share.  If there is any benefit to prison, what some refer to as ‘the involuntary monastery,’ it may well look like this book.  I urge you to read it.”- Peter Coyote, actor, author of SLEEPING WHERE I FALL.

“This book should stimulate learning from our political prisoners, but more importantly it challenges us to work to free them, and in doing so take the best of our history forward.” – Susan Rosenberg, author of AN AMERICAN RADICAL

A nice Jewish boy from suburban Boston – hell, an Eagle Scout! – David Gilbert arrived at Columbia University just in time for the explosive ’60s.  From the early anti-Vietnam War protests to the founding of SDS, from the Columbia Strike to the tragedy of the Townhouse, Gilbert was on the scene: as organizer, theoretician, and above all, activist.  He was among the first militants who went underground to build the clandestine resistance to war and racism known as “Weatherman.”  And he was among the last to emerge, in captivity, after the disaster of the 1982 Brinks robbery, and attempted expropriation that resulted in four deaths and long prison terms.  In this extraordinary memoir, written from the maximum-security prison where he has lived for almost 30 years, David Gilbert tells the intensely personal story of his own Long March from liberal to radical to revolutionary.

Today a beloved and admired mentor to a new generation of activists, he assesses with rare humor, with an understanding stripped of illusions, and with uncommon candor the errors and advances, terrors and triumphs of the ’60s and beyond.  It’s a battle that was far from won, but is still not lost: the struggle to build a new world, and the love that drives that effort.  A cautionary tale and a how-to as well, LOVE AND STRUGGLE is a book as candid, as uncompromising, and as humane as its author.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

One of American’s most celebrated political prisoners since his appearance in the Academy Award nominated film, THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, David Gilbert is also the author of NO SURRENDER, a book of essays on politics and history.  He can be reached at New York’s Clinton Prison as 83-A-6158.

A popular leader in the progressive struggle for radical change through culture, Boots Riley is best known as the leader of The Coup, the seminal hip-hop group from Oakland, California.  BILLBOARD MAGAZINE declared the group “the best hip-hop act of the past decade.”  Riley recently teamed with Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) to form the revolutionary new group Street Sweeper Social Club.

Dec 2011    978-1-60486-319-2   $22.00  6×9   Paperback   384 pages   Memoir/Politics

PM PRESS   PO BOX 23912   OAKLAND, CA 94623

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John Green Author- THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

by John Green Author

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“This is the story of young adults who share something terrible in common, cancer.  Hazel, seventeen, is living on borrowed time due to an experimental drug that has temporarily shrunken tumors in her lungs.  Her life is not easy since she has to wheel her oxygen around with her during the day and hook up to a machine at night.  She is no longer able to attend a regular school but is taking college courses already and is extremely well read and intelligent.  She is the only child of two doting parents who insist on her attending a ‘Cancer Kids Support Group’ where she meets Augustus Walters, who will change what is left of her life.  Handsome and charming and with only a 20% chance of a recurrence of his osteosarcoma, a cancer which has claimed one of his legs, Augustus falls in love with a resistant Hazel.  Their search for Peter Van Houten, Hazel’s favorite author, and their mutual love of Issac, another friend blinded by his own cancer, draw them even closer day by day.  Unfortunately, when you live with cancer, every day is combination of joy and pain, and Green conveys this vividly on every page.  As Augustus points out ‘That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.’  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a testament to the this saying, so try not to read the ending in a public place.”- bkh

Dutton Books, $17.99

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Ernie Schusky Author- IN SAGUARO’S SHADOW and TOO MANY MIRACLES

      IN SAGUARO’S SHADOW and TOO MANY MIRACLES

      by Ernie Schusky 

      Ernie Schusky had two novels published in 2012.  One publisher took three years to publish; the other, Wheatmark, took nine months.  You may have seen mention of IN SAGUARO’S SHADOW.  THE DAILY STAR listed it as one of the ten best books by local authors for 2012.  Two Tohono O’odham protagonists vie with each other over registration for the draft in 1940.  Like most conflicts between whites and Indians, the incident has its tragic and comic moments. 

      The other novel, TOO MANY MIRACLES, is about Yaquis in Sonora.  An agricultural priest confronts an evangelical priest converting villagers to cash crops in order to save their souls. 

      More details at ernestschusky.com

      Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 42.  No. 1, February/March 2013

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