THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU by A.J. Rich
If you want an unputdownable murder mystery and you love dogs you will not go wrong with this fantastic read. Don't just take it from me (or Katie, see below) but PCJP favorite Abigail Thomas (author of A THREE DOG LIFE and WHAT COMES NEXT AND HOW TO LIKE IT) calls it, “A fascinating premise, a blindsided narrator, dangerous surprises, and dogs. What more can you ask for?? [A]n unnervingly credible story about the most intimate deception.”
—Kate Layte, Owner + Manager
Is it unoriginal that Kate and I chose the same book for our staff picks this week? I'm not sure how else we could get across to you just how good this book is. Written by two literary heroines, this pageturner is completely haunting. It grabbed me on page one and jerked me around until I had finished it, at which point I suffered a crisis about what to do next with my life. This novel is dark and twisted, with standout sentences that strike the reader as brutally as some of the animals strike in the text.
—Katie Eelman, media + events coordinator
WAGES OF REBELLION by Chris Hedges
In Wages of Rebellion, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges lays out the ingredients for revolt that exist in America today. He shows how government actions such as mass surveillance, erosion of our constitutional rights, and the militarization of local police forces have set the stage for repression of resistance movements, while populist organizations and community groups such as Occupy, #BlackLivesMatter, and the climate change movement are unraveling the deceptive language used to prop up the ruling class, justify the state’s violence against citizens, and the deepen the already historic level of inequality in our nation. Through personal stories, interviews with political prisoners, literary references, and statistics and data, he argues for a non-violent movement to dismantle the power structure and provides context for violent actions. Chris Hedges covers the variety of reasons why the bond between our government and corporations should terrify us, but how we can reclaim power by shutting off avenues of corporate messaging(such as television and internet), and talking to our neighbors, going to community events, and consuming media that isn’t primarily motivated by profit, instead.
“No one knows the form it will take. But a popular revolt is coming. The refusal by the corporate state to address even the minimal grievances of the citizenry, its abject failure to remedy the mounting state repression, the chronic unemployment and underemployment and the massive debt peonage that is crippling millions of Americans, and the widespread despair and loss of hope, along with the collapse of institutions meant to carry piecemeal and incremental reforms, including the courts, make blowback inevitable.”
This book made me feel that revolution is not only necessary and inevitable, but imminent
—John Cleary, bookseller