Beacon Press, Fall 2016

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    9780807064900 Hardcover RELIGION / Buddhism On Sale Date: October 25, 2016
    $27.00 CAD 5.42 x 8.34 x 0.72 in | 168 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Beacon Press
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      A new gift edition of the classic guide to meditation and mindfulness, featuring archival photography and beautiful calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

      The Miracle of Mindfulness is a classic guide to meditation that has introduced generations of readers to the life-changing beauty of mindful awareness. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness. This gift edition features Thich Nhat Hanh’s inspiring calligraphy, photographs from his travels around the world, and a revised afterword.
      Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and best-selling writings on mindfulness and peace.
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      9780807064900The Miracle of Mindfulness, Gift EditionThich Nhat Hanh HardcoverOct 25, 2016$27.00Beacon Press
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      “Thich Nhat Hanh’s ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”
      —Martin Luther King Jr.

      “One of the best available introductions to the wisdom and beauty of meditation practice.”
      New Age Journal

      “Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”
      —Sogyal Rinpoche
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    Daddy King Martin Luther King Sr.
    9780807097762 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional On Sale Date: January 10, 2017
    $22.00 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.6 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Beacon Press
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      From coming of age under poverty and the looming threat of racial violence to preaching from the Ebenezer pulpit for forty years, King, Sr., candidly reveals his life inside the civil rights movement, illustrating the profound influence he had on his son.

      Born in 1899 to a family of sharecroppers in Stockbridge, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr., came of age under the looming threat of violence at the hands of white landowners. Growing up, he witnessed his family being crushed by the weight of poverty and racism, and escaped to Atlanta to answer the calling to become a preacher. Before engaging in acts of political dissent or preaching at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he would remain for more than four decades, King, Sr., earned high school and college diplomas while working double shifts as a truck driver—and he won the heart of his future wife, Alberta “Bunch” Williams.

      King, Sr., recalls the struggles and joys of his journey: the pain of leaving his parents and seven siblings on the family farm; the triumph of winning voting rights for blacks in Atlanta; and the feelings of fatherly pride and anxiety as he watched his son put his life in danger at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Originally published in 1980, Daddy King is an unexpected and poignant memoir.

      “There are two men I am supposed to hate. One is a white man, the other is black, and both are serving time for having committed murder. James Earl Ray is a prisoner in Tennessee, charged with killing my son. Marcus Chenault was institutionalized as deranged after shooting my wife to death. I don’t hate either one. There is no time for that, and no reason, either. Nothing that a man does takes him lower than when he allows himself to fall so far as to hate anyone.” —The Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., in Daddy King
      The Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr., served for forty years as the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and as a spiritual leader of the civil rights movement. He died on November 11, 1984, at the age of eighty-three.
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      9780807097762Daddy KingMartin Luther King Sr. PaperbackJan 10, 2017$22.00Beacon Press
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    Refinery Town Steve Early, Senator Bernie Sanders
    9780807094266 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy On Sale Date: January 17, 2017
    $36.95 CAD 6.26 x 9.26 x 0.87 in | 248 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Beacon Press
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      The People vs. Big Oil—how a working-class company town harnessed the power of local politics to reclaim their community

      Home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state, Richmond, California, was once a typical company town, dominated by Chevron. This largely nonwhite, working-class city of one hundred thousand suffered from poverty, pollution, and poorly funded public services. It had one of the highest homicide rates per capita in the country and a jobless rate twice the national average.

      But in 2012, when veteran labor reporter Steve Early moved from New England to Richmond, he discovered a city struggling to remake itself. In Refinery Town, Early chronicles the fifteen years of successful community organizing that raised the local minimum wage, defeated a casino development project, challenged home foreclosures and evictions, and sought fair taxation of Big Oil. Here we meet a dynamic cast of characters—from ninety-four-year-old Betty Reid Soskin, the country’s oldest full-time national park ranger and witness to Richmond’s complex history; to Gayle McLaughlin, the Green mayor who challenged Chevron and won; to police chief Chris Magnus, who brought community policing to Richmond and is now one of America’s leading public safety reformers. Part urban history, part call to action, Refinery Town shows how concerned citizens can harness the power of local politics to reclaim their community and make municipal government a source of much-needed policy innovation.
      Steve Early has been an organizer, lawyer, union representative, and labor activist for the past forty-five years. He is the author of three other books, including Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. He lives in Richmond, California, with his wife.
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      9780807094266Refinery TownSteve Early HardcoverJan 17, 2017$36.95Beacon Press
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      “A specific tale of governance at the local level that should appeal to labor activists and scholars of urban studies.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “Readers interested in American politics, progressivism, community practice, and local, labor, and social history will find Early’s book to be informative, engaging, and inspiring.”
      Booklist Review

      “Exceptionally well written, impressively informed and informative, a compelling and thoughtful read from beginning to end, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City is very strongly recommended for both community, college, and university library American History collections.”
      The Midwest Book Review

      Refinery Town suggests that there is hope yet...folks: 2020 will be upon us in a flash; Richmond shows one way it can be a better time.”

      “Early is well positioned to tell this story. A lifelong labor activist and reporter who relocated to Richmond just in time to witness Chevron’s spectacular 2012 refinery explosion that nearly killed a dozen workers and sent fifteen thousand residents to the emergency room, he has a natural feel for the flow of grassroots political movements and the forces shaping working-class life...indispensable reading for activists thinking about the real problems of governance once an insurgency gains a toehold of power.”
      —Mark Dudzic, Jacobin Magazine

      “His book is a ray of hope for anyone wondering how to survive, and possibly even thrive, under Donald Trump and a hostile, Republican Congress...Community activists who are just starting out could find examples like Richmond a bit daunting, which makes intimate, contemporary histories like Refinery Town so valuable.”
      —Shaun Richman, In These Times

      “It is a tale well-told, and a good antidote for the despair that now runs rampant among many American progressives...[Early] successfully combines lively anecdotes, easy to read narrative, skillful analysis of often-complex issues, portraits of local leaders including the engaging Green Party former Richmond mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and commentary that places RPA in the larger context of American society and politics.”
      —Mike Miller, Counterpunch

      “A truly invaluable book on a tremendous urban political achievement. The importance of national resistance to Donald Trump does not reduce the importance of local struggles such as that in Richmond...[Early] has brought forth another powerful chronicle of how progressives can win against big money and powerful interests. At a time when people are looking for inspiration, Refinery Town could not have come out at a better time.”
      —Randy Shaw, Beyond Chron

      “Compelling on many levels.”
      —Seth Sandronsky, The Progressive Populist

      “A case study for activists looking to build power at the local level through grassroots organizing and independent electoral invaluable documentation of their journey and a testimony of what might be possible in other cities.”
      —Ryan Haney, Talking Union blog

      “[A] hopeful narrative about how bottom-up citizen action can restore a city’s pride and make a real difference in people’s lives around such issues as affordable housing, community policing, sustainable job growth, open space, clean energy, and immigrant rights...Refinery Town provides an inside look at how one American city has made radical and progressive change seem not only possible but sensible.”
      —David Helvarg, The Progressive

      Refinery Town should be on the reading list of all aspiring political revolutionaries, including those who may be temporarily discouraged and in need of a critical boost.”
      —Jonathan H. Martin, The Huffington Post

      “As Washington remains in gridlock, the everyday citizen-heroes of Richmond, California have been getting things done to make their city work for all. Refinery Town is essential reading for anyone seeking inspiration for what grassroots organizing can accomplish, one community at a time.”
      —Robert B. Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor

      “Frontline communities have a key role to play in our climate movement. Richmond’s creative resistance to Chevron is a model for environmental justice campaigners everywhere—in the U.S. and abroad—who face tough struggles of their own against Big Oil and big money. Steve Early’s retelling of Richmond’s story proves that making real change is possible.”
      —Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA and author of The Story of Stuff

      “This is the story of a paradigmatic urban resistance movement that is successfully challenging the myth that corporate power and gentrification are inevitable, almost geological forces. Deeply rooted in local traditions of labor and black-liberation activism, the Richmond Progressive Alliance—Sanderistas pay attention—exemplifies what a grassroots ‘political revolution’ actually looks like. We need two, three, many Richmonds!”
      —Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz

      “In a political system of Republicans and Democrats beholden to corporate cash, Refinery Town demonstrates there is an alternative in working people and community activists taking independent political action based on their own interests. From Seattle to Richmond, an emerging grass roots movement is developing for whom this book is an important read.”
      —Kshama Sawant, Socialist Alternative Seattle City Council Member

      Refinery Town is a substantial contribution to the literature on local political struggles over poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation. Early has done for the contested terrain of Richmond, California what Mike Davis did for the much larger, majority minority metropolis of Los Angeles in City of Quartz. His first-hand reporting is invaluable for researchers in urban studies, city planning, and geography.”
      —Immanuel Ness, professor of Political Science, City University of New York (Brooklyn College) author, Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class

      Refinery Town provides deep insight into problems that our local progressive movement faced in its continuing struggle against corporate domination. Early captures the spirit as well as the facts of our Richmond campaigns and puts them in the context of community struggles throughout the country. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to challenge corporate power at the local level.”
      —Mike Parker, Richmond Progressive Alliance organizer and co-author of Democracy is Power

      “Steve Early’s new book describes the making of a ‘political revolution’ at the local level. Despite Chevron’s financial bullying and attempt to buy local elections, citizens of Richmond were able to organize and fight back relying on their own resources and energy. Like Bernie 2016, their story demonstrates that real change is possible through issue-oriented campaigns and effective electoral organizing.”
      —Larry Cohen, past president of Communications Workers of America and senior advisor to Bernie 2016 Campaign

      “For those of us wondering how to carry on the spirit and the activism of the Bernie Sanders campaign after 2016, this book contains a cornucopia of lessons to be applied in other cities and towns. The electoral success of the Richmond Progressive Alliance shows that maintaining a clear and radical anti-corporate politics is the way to win.”
      —Jane Slaughter, former editor, Labor Notes
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    9780807047620 Hardcover HISTORY / African American On Sale Date: January 24, 2017
    $36.95 CAD 6.22 x 9.28 x 1.02 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Beacon Press
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      Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America

      In life and in death, slaves were commodities, their monetary value assigned based on their age, gender, health, and the demands of the market. The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives—including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, the senior years, and death—in the early American domestic slave trade. Covering the full “life cycle,” historian Daina Ramey Berry shows the lengths to which enslavers would go to maximize profits and protect their investments. Illuminating “ghost values” or the prices placed on dead enslaved people, Berry explores the little-known domestic cadaver trade and traces the illicit sales of dead bodies to medical schools.

      This book is the culmination of more than ten years of Berry’s exhaustive research on enslaved values, drawing on data unearthed from sources such as slave-trading records, insurance policies, cemetery records, and life insurance policies. Writing with sensitivity and depth, she resurrects the voices of the enslaved and provides a rare window into enslaved peoples’ experiences and thoughts, revealing how enslaved people recalled and responded to being appraised, bartered, and sold throughout the course of their lives. Reaching out from these pages, they compel the reader to bear witness to their stories, to see them as human beings, not merely commodities.

      A profoundly humane look at an inhumane institution, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh will have a major impact how we think about slavery, reparations, capitalism, nineteenth-century medical education, and the value of life and death.
      Daina Ramey Berry is an associate professor of history and African and African diaspora studies, and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Fellow in History, at the University of Texas at Austin. An award-winning historian, she is also a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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      9780807047620The Price for Their Pound of FleshDaina Ramey Berry HardcoverJan 24, 2017$36.95Beacon Press
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      “Berry’s groundbreaking work in the historiography of American slavery deserves a wide readership beyond academia.”
      Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

      “In this sharp, affecting study, Berry reminds us of the cold calculus at the intersection of slavery and capitalism...A well-researched, effectively presented piece of scholarship that forthrightly confronts slavery’s brute essence.”
      Kirkus Reviews

      “...highly readable and addressing the most heartbreaking and starkly gruesome aspects of slavery.”
      Library Journal

      “With The Price for Their Pound of Flesh, Berry is now seen as a breakthrough writer who completed the herculean task of filling in the blanks of one of the darkest episodes in American history.”
      Essence Magazine

      “Brings to light the gruesome history of the desecration and dissection of black bodies after death, especially by professors of anatomy in American colleges and medical schools.”
      —Adam Rothman (professor of history at Georgetown University), American Historical Review

      “A brilliant resurrection of the forgotten people who gave their lives to build our country. Rigorously researched and powerfully told, this book tallies the human price paid for the nation we now live in and restores these unrecognized Americans—their hopes, loves, and disregarded dreams—to their rightful place in history. Searing, revelatory, and vital to understanding our nation’s inequities.”
      —Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

      “Daina Ramey Berry’s harrowing account of how slaveholders turned every aspect of a slave’s life into a commodity to be sold on markets—from the reproductive possibilities of enslaved women to the corpses of deceased slaves—is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding American history, or our contemporary dilemmas. Reading The Price for Their Pound of Flesh will leave you with an overwhelming sense of sadness, but also with great anger that we are still failing to fully overcome this history’s legacy.”
      —Sven Beckert, author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History

      “Daina Berry has written the richest account of the many ways in which an enslaved African American’s body was bought and sold throughout her or his lifetime. From the cradle to the grave and beyond, enslavers priced black bodies based on their imagined fitness for labor, sexual exploitation, use as collateral, and even their value after death as dissection cadavers. In horrific detail, Berry shows that there was a price tag placed on every pound of flesh. She also shows the efforts of enslaved people to assert that their lives had values beyond the money that could be rendered from their muscles and extracted from their bones. Out of the certainty that their souls were pearls beyond price, black people fought to make room for their own system of human values.”
      —Edward E. Baptist, author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

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