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Homesweet Homegrown
By Robyn Jasko, 127 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

This is a good starter guide with basic, straightforward information in one compact, handy book. There are also illustrations throughout that keep it from being a dull read.

Hawai’i: 1778-1959, From Western Discovery to Statehood
By J. Gerlach, 34 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The history of Hawai’i is very difficult to document. I think the author did an admirable job, but there are huge omissions (like the petition against annexation in 1887 and the petition against statehood in 1954) that leave holes in the heart of the story that I wish were included.

Harold’s Horrible Life
By Billy McCall, 131 pgs.
By Andy Conway

I really enjoyed Harold’s Horrible Life. It’s a tale of seething hatred and murder.This is McCall’s first novel and he brings a darkness and real feeling of unease to his writing. I’m eager to read what he writes next.

Virginia Mine Wars
By David Alan Corbin, 248 pgs.
By Steve Hart

Gun Thugs, Rednecks And Radicals surpasses all my expectations of what a book about striking miners could be about. I highly recommend it to anyone: history buffs, union radicals, or otherwise.

By Jim Miller, 197 pgs.
By Steve Hart

In newspapers today, unions are under attack, anti collective-bargaining rights bills have passed in Wisconsin, and right-wing governors in coordinated attacks on unions propose similar bills. Against this backdrop, reading Flash is extremely rewarding.

Congo, The: The Simple History Series #9
By J. Gerlach, 50 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The Congo is a difficult book, but could serve as an alternative or a supplement to history books in classrooms everywhere.

Book Review, Vultures’ Picnic by Greg Palast
Dutton Books, 404 pgs.
By Chris Pepus

Maybe the president and his financial backers figure that Gulf residents crave variety in their energy-related catastrophes.

Violence Girl: East L.A. Rage to Hollywood Stage: A Chicana Punk Story
By Alice Bag
By Todd Taylor

It’s a memoir of a bad-assed punk lady who isn’t an unholy fuckface whining for deferred glory and overdue royalties.

Vicious Red Relic, Love, The
By Anna Joy Springer, 199 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The Vicious Red Relic, Love, explores sexuality and feminism. It tackles the terribleness of molestation and death, and is probably the most punk rock thing I’ve ever read in my entire life.

Ua Mau Ke Ea: Sovereignty Endures: An Overview of the Political and Legal Histor
By David Keanu Sai, 156 pgs.
By Steve Hart

This could be included in classroom situations to discuss the historical events that led to the so-called overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Spray Paint the Walls
By Stevie Chick, 403 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

It follows a chronological history of the band. Each of the chapters takes the title of a Black Flag song and starts with a quote from one of the members of Black Flag or someone associated with them.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By Kurt Morris

Edited by the author of the zine, Rad Dad, and the blogger of “Daddy Dialectic,” these pieces (whose contributors include a wide array of men) delve into the idea of how to raise your child with a counter-cultural viewpoint.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The coolest aspect of reading Rad Dad is knowing that I’m not the only one who wants to raise children in a safe environment and continue to retain our “radness.”

Encyclopedia of Doris, The
By Cindy Crabb, 322 pgs.
By Steve Hart

If you like well-written zines that cover all sorts of topics, from anarchy to sex, fishing to social ecology, or high school to quitting drinking, this one’s for you.

Austerity Pleasures
By James Payne
By Craven

Overall, I didn’t get it, but it was still pretty good for poetry. I’m just not the audience for this stuff.

White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race
By Maxwell Tremblay and Stephen Duncombe, 368 pgs.
By CT Terry

350 pages of interview excerpts, fanzine articles, and academic essays that won’t give you answers so much as give you the power to ask, and consider, even more.

Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind
By Jacob McMurray, 233 pgs, with DVD
By Andy Conway

I got a small taste of something everyone is going to have to come face to face with as they get older—realizing that something that you can still remember like it was yesterday actually took place twenty fucking years ago.

Kraftwerk I Was a Robot
By Wolfgang Flur
By Steve Hart

Kraftwerk has always been an enigma to me. Their music seemed so cold and distant but precise and bizarre.

500 Years of Indigenous Resistance
B Gord Hill
By Steve Hart

The story of smallpox being introduced to Native Americans and the decimation of the First Nation people has been well-documented, but there was always something about that story that didn’t sit well with me.

Your Name Here
By Tim Kerr, 88 pgs.
By Mark Twistworthy

With Tim’s art, the canvas is truly unimportant; the message within the art is the focus.

Street Legends Vol.2
By Seth Ferranti, 243 pgs.
By Andy Conway

This book documents the rise, eventual fall and continuing legacies of men like New York heroin distributer Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews, flashy Baltimore drug lord Maurice “Peanut” King, and the hilariously named “Boobie Boys” gang.

See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody
By Bob Mould, 403 pgs.
By Mark Twistworthy

See A Little Light… isn’t simply a biography of a musician, but instead a biography of a gay man struggling to find his identity and who just happened to be the primary singer/songwriter of one of the most influential punk bands of the ‘80s.

Fine Fine Music
By Cassie J. Sneider, 135 pgs.
By Joe Evans III

A collection of humorous personal essays by a funny young lady.

Deep Green Resistance
By Aric Mcbay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen, 556 pgs.
By Steve Hart

To be clear, they are not asking us to “like” environmental causes on Facebook. Instead, the challenge is to take the environmental destruction of the planet with all the seriousness it demands and meet these challenges head-on.

Rest Is Propaganda, The
By Steve Ignorant (with Steve Pottinger), 300 pgs.
By Kevin Dunn

Each chapter...revolve around specific issues (e.g., School, Sex, Fans, Violence)...). The effect of this approach is not unlike having each chapter function as a delicious snack.

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