Mean Free Path
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A Novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant
In 1858, two black women meet at a restaurant and begin to plot a revolution. Mary Ellen Pleasant owns a string of hotels in San Francisco that secretly double as havens for runaway slaves. Her comrade, Annie, is a young Jamaican who has given up her...
City Lights Spotlight No. 2
The second volume in the City Lights Spotlight series—experimental poems by innovative New York poet and former St. Mark's Poetry Project director.
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of...
The Meaning of Freedom|
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Davis' first book in nearly a decade, and her only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the United States.
The Empathy Exams|
If you've got a glowing, tender heart and wonder how it's possible to feel so much, this is the book for you. Hypochondriacs are advised to skip essay #2.—Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books
Cracks the veneer. —Recommended by Tân, City Lights Books
Also recommended by Peter, Andy & Paul, City Lights Books
A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.