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Codex Espangliensis
From Columbus to the Border Patrol
Enrique Chagoya, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Felicia Rice
Inspired by the pre-Hispanic codices that escaped immolation during colonial invasions, this artists' book opens out in accordion folds expanding to a length of over 21 feet. Rice has created a series of beautiful and jarring montages in which the...
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Compression & Purity
City Lights Spotlight No. 5
Will Alexander
African American surrealism that extends from the ocean floor to the outer reaches of space.
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Criminal of Poverty
Growing Up Homeless in America
Lisa Gray-Garcia, aka Tiny
A daughter’s struggle to keep her family alive, through poverty, homelessness and incarceration.
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Dirty Truths
Michael Parenti
Essays are enjoying renewed popularity, from the personal essays of Lewis Thomas, to the intellectual treats of Marguerite Yourcenar, to the political and social commentary of Michael Parenti in this superb collection. Parenti covers the myth of the...
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Distance No Object
Stories
Gloria Frym
Gloria Frym turns her ironic, passionate gaze to 1990s post-Vietnam Berkeley and San Francisco."Frym turns an unflinching eye on human interaction, capturing casual and intimate exchanges between strangers on trains, estranged husbands and wives, and...
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Dying To Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
Mizue Aizeki, Joseph Nevins
The real story -- and human price -- of US/Mexico border enforcement.
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Free Enterprise
A Novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant
Michelle Cliff
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...
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Front Lines
Pocket Poets Number 55
Jack Hirschman
In the activist verse of this poetic warrior, always committed, the actual world is never out of mind, even in his most intimate poems. Kabbalist, populist, and communist, Hirschman has published over sixty books of his own poetry, and this...
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History as Mystery
Michael Parenti
Essays on how history's victors distort and suppress the documentary record in order to perpetuate their power and privilege, and how historians are influenced by the professional and class environment in which they work."Michael Parenti, always...
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Impossible Princess
Kevin Killian
Impossible Princess is a book John Rechy's or Dennis Cooper's characters would read
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Indigenous
Growing up Californian
Cris Mazza
Cris Mazza delivers a spirited rebuttal to pop-culture stereotypes about growing up female in Southern California. Coming of age in the 1970s and '80s, Mazza's memories aren't about surfing, cheerleading or riding in convertibles. Though her story...
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Ink on Paper
John Wilson
As if done with sumi ink, these verses by John Wilson are meditative responses to the landscapes of great classical masters. Each poem faces a reproduction of a work by an artist of mythic stature, among them Sesshu, Sesson, Buson, Musashi, Sengai...
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Insurgent Muse
Life and Art at the Woman's Building
Terry Wolverton
In the 1970s, the West Coast feminist art movement coalesced around the Woman's Building in Los Angeles, founded by artist Judy Chicago. Arriving as a young art student in 1976, Terry Wolverton stayed on to become a teacher and co-founder of the...
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Joe's Word
An Echo Park Novel (City Lights Noir)
Elizabeth Stromme
In Echo Park, a neighborhood at the wrong end of Sunset Boulevard, Joe, a cool cynic, lives marginally. Ironically, he finds himself becoming more involved than he'd planned in the lives of his clients, linked to their dreams and to their despair...

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