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Travis's Reviews

The Book Collectors by Delphine Minoui

A staggering portrait of resistance and hope in the face of despair, Minoui’s The Book Collectors takes us to the Syrian rebel stronghold of Daraya, which endured nearly 4 years of all-out siege by the Assad regime. Daily bombings and brutal lockdown measures created a near-total separation from the outside world, but among the rubble, two young men began amassing an underground library that would become the focal point for community and culture in Daraya. Expertly researched and beautifully written, The Book Collectors offers a heartbreaking and poignant look at the power of books in shaping and maintaining community, even in the direst of circumstances.  — Travis

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The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War Cover Image
By Delphine Minoui, Lara Vergnaud (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780374115166
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 3rd, 2020

Nobody Ever Asked Me About the Girls by Lisa Robinson

Legendary music journalist Lisa Robinson, with her more than 40 years’ of experience in the industry, has sifted through thousands of hours of her own interviews to assemble this new compendium. Organized by topics that range from appearance and romance to fame and abuse, Robinson has crafted an indispensable archive of women’s experiences in American popular music while also providing illuminating perspectives from some of pop music’s most beloved icons. Candid, courageous, and sincere, this book takes the challenges and injustices that women in music face head on. — Travis

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ISBN: 9781627794909
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - November 10th, 2020

Aria by Nazanine Hozar

Hozar’s debut novel is a sprawling, historical delight. Aria is an orphaned girl, abandoned on the streets of Tehran just before the 1953 coup and subsequent regime change. Her journey weaves through the myriad socio-political upheavals that characterized Iran in the latter half of the 20th century, culminating in the explosive Revolution of 1979. With a robust cast of characters that include Communists, religious fanatics, paupers, and elites, Aria is a deeply moving meditation on belonging. This is a must-read for fans of family sagas and intertwining life stories. —Travis

This book is part of our Fall Reading Challenge. Read more here.

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ISBN: 9781524749033
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

Framed as a counternarrative to Dee Brown’s famous Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, David Treuer’s book sets out to dispel a common myth that indigenous civilization effectively ended in 1890, when more than 300 Lakota men, women, and children were massacred by the U.S. Army. Treuer engages with the transformation and ongoing rebirth of Native identity and culture. This is a deeply personal work that is equal parts history and memoir, and if you loved Tommy Orange’s There, There, it will be right up your alley. It may well be the most important book you read all year. - Travis

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ISBN: 9781594633157
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 22nd, 2019

The Second Founding by Eric Foner

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Eric Foner’s new book centers on the monumental legislation of the Reconstruction era, which he frames as the birth of modern America. This book comes at a time when American culture and society is a mirror image of its 19th-century counterpart, plagued by aggressive racism, constant violence, and the explicit shortcomings of our federal government. Foner hones in on timeless questions like “Who should be entitled to citizenship?” and “How should ‘equal protection of the law’ be defined and guaranteed?” to expertly link our very troubled past to our equally troubled present. - Travis

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ISBN: 9780393652574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia

Music scholar extraordinaire Ted Gioia’s new book is a sweeping history of epic proportions. Ranging from the music of antiquity to the advent of modern streaming services, the book explores music’s dynamic relationship to culture, politics, and power. While the material is vast, Gioia’s sharp wit and astute observations make this a rewarding read. If music plays as important a role in your life as it does in mine, pick this one up. - Travis

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ISBN: 9781541644366
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Published: Basic Books - October 15th, 2019

As Serious as Your Life by Val Wilmer

Wilmer captures the explosive new energies that defined jazz in the 60s and 70s! Examining the lives and careers of both unknown artists and household names, she paints a vivid picture of what life was like for these members of the jazz vanguard, while also exploring the connections between art, politics, and being black in America. This book is raw and candid! - Travis

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By Val Wilmer, Richard Williams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781788160711
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Published: Serpent's Tail - June 12th, 2018

The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Fanon’s masterwork on colonial struggle and racial difference has influenced countless anti-colonial revolutionaries and civil rights activists since the 1960s. Wretched examines the psychological framework by which colonial rule is legitimized and perpetuated, championing violent resistance as the only avenue to real change. Prescient, thought-provoking, and emotionally-gripping. - Travis

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By Frantz Fanon, Richard Philcox (Translator), Homi K. Bhabha (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780802141323
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Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

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