Archive | March, 2021

Bindlestiff Bestsellers

20 Mar

These are our best-selling titles for the last month:

Christine Kendall, The True Definition of Neva Beane

Alice Walker, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

Torrey Peters, Detransition, Baby

Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

Ross Gay, The Book of Delights: Essays

Jericho Brown, The Tradition

Anna Malaika Tubbs, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

Carole Lindstrom, We Are Water Protectors (picture book)

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Robin Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Brandon Taylor, Real Life: A Novel

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Colin Whitehead, The Nickel Boys

R.O. Kwon, Kink: Stories

Brit Bennett, The Mothers

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Anna North, Outlawed

Gloria Anzaldula, Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza

50th anniversary of Media FBI burglary

7 Mar

Fifty years ago, activists raided the FBI office in Media, seizing thousands of documents on FBI spying and harassment of a wide range of activist movement. Now an official state historical marker marks the site where the citizens’ committee to investigate the FBI struck. As Inquirer columnist Will Bunch notes,

The suitcases of FBI files that the eight burglars, including the mastermind of the scheme, the late Haverford College professor William Davidon, made off with that night revealed stunning secrets about the lengths to which Hoover’s FBI not only spied upon, but sought to disrupt, legitimate dissent over the war as well as the movement for Black civil rights. The best-known discoveries exposed the existence of COINTELPRO, a massive, covert government operation to harass activists on the left, and efforts to surveil and harass the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including the notorious 1964 letter in which a top FBI official sent MLK a tape of sexual liaison with an anonymous suggestion that he kill himself.

Could there be a better time to read Betty Medsger’s compelling book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret F.B.I.? We’re putting copies in our window to mark the occasion. It reads like a thriller, and it documents the criminality of an agency that continues to violate civil liberties to this day.