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I love Seven Stories Press. They're one of the last remaining politically conscious, small, independent book publishers.

I love the writers they publish -- writers of imagination, like Octavia Butler, Assia Djebar, Ariel Dorfman... as well as political works by writers of conscience, like the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Barbara Seaman, Noam Chomsky...

I love (and share) their belief that "publishers have a special responsibility to defend free speech and human rights, and to celebrate the gifts of the human imagination."

I also love that they've published A Young People's History of the United States, adaptated from Howard Zinn's highly regarded and critically important book, A People's History of the United States.

In the swampy 100 degree heat of Portland, I devoured the first of two books in the series, sprawled on the floor.  There's just something really cool and refreshing about reading true tales of United States history aimed at young people... Like this:  

The Arawaks lived in the Bahama Islands. Like Indians on the American mainland, they believed in hospitality and in sharing. But Columbus, the first messenger to the Americas, was hungry for money. As soon as he arrived in the islands, he seized some Arawaks by force so that he could get information from them. The information that Columbus wanted was this: Where is the gold? 

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