EsoWon Presents the Best Books of the Year

Our good friend, James Fugate, owner of our favorite bookstore, made a list of his top books of the year. Remember to shop local!

Harry
With a recent two part interview on Tavis Smiley and great reviews this memoir has become a bestseller.  Also available on Audio.
 
Malcolm X

One of the best biographies of a major Black figure.  EsoWon has sold over 400 copies.  We hosted a special day on the publication of the book and it's a great read.
 
when the

Leonid McGill is one of the Walter's best creations.  When the Thrill is Gone continues the story of the PI who's trying to do right.  This series will continue in January 2012 with All I did was Shoot My Man,  Walter is giving us a new vision of America.
 
Nelson
Now in paperback,The South African statesman and former political prisoner bares his mind and soul in this inspiring collection of writings and interviews. Culled from Mandela's letters, notebooks, taped conversations, prison diaries, calendars, and an unfinished autobiography, the material includes reminiscences of the antiapartheid movement, lessons in revolutionary theory gleaned from his guerrilla training, vignettes of prison life, seething protests to authorities, tender missives to loved ones, canny political strategizing and quiet philosophical reflections.

Im. Life
Also in paperback. The Immortal Life has continue to be one of the big sellers here at EsoWon.  An important book which raises the issue of should be pay people who's cells can do so much good.

Warmth
Yes this is also in paperback and has sold at EsoWon over 300 copies since it's publication in Sept. 10.  The powerful story of the Great Migration.

George
My Work Is That of Conservation:
AN Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver by
Mark Hersey. 

A great book for young College age readers

Carver had a truly prolific career dedicated to studying the ways in which people ought to interact with the natural world, yet much of his work has been largely forgotten. Hersey rectifies this by tracing the evolution of Carver's agricultural and environmental thought starting with his childhood in Missouri and Kansas and his education at the Iowa Agricultural College. Carver's environmental vision came into focus when he moved to the Tuskegee Institute in Macon County, Alabama, where his sensibilities and training collided with the denuded agrosystems, deep poverty, and institutional racism of the Black Belt. It was there that Carver realized his most profound agricultural thinking, as his efforts to improve the lot of the area's poorest farmers forced him to adjust his conception of scientific agriculture.

Seed to harvest
Seed to Harvest by Octavia Butler

was published some years ago.  The Patternmaster books explore complex issues in a page turning format.  Octavia's great achievement is to look at characters over the course of several books and show how complex issues can be raised with great fiction.  This set is in many ways similar to Walter Mosley new series with Leonid McGilll as Walter is tackling new issues in his series.

In The

This book on addiction is one of Tom's favorite books to recommend.  It's also been featured on KPFK's fund drives several times this year.  Based on Gabor Maté's two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver's skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical "condition" distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction.

EsoWon Books
4331 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90008

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