February's picks feature chess strategy, chess literature, and a new graphic history of the Black Panther Party
Purchase three works for $30 (35% off retail): Walter Tevis's novel, The Queen's Gambit (recently adapted by Netflix to much acclaim), a classic guide to playing chess, and a history of the Black Panther Party, told in graphic form.
February 2021's pick:
Chess, chess, and Black Panther history--three books for $30
Following January's drive (Weight-Free Workout; Cults, Conspiracies & Secret Societies; Backyard Farming: Growing Herbs for Food and Medicine; and Instant Yoga), we focus on three oft requested topics: chess instruction, graphic fiction, and radical history. David F. Walker and Marcus Kwame Anderson tell the story of Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton and others through words and images in the recently published The Black Panther Party. In Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, a YOUNG Fischer--at the height of his talents in 1966 and well before he went off the deep end--collaborated with Stuart Margulies and Don Mosenfelder to impart how to play chess to the best of one's potential. And to complement the more technical aspects of the game, we wanted to include some diversionary reading with the novel The Queen's Gambit, recently adapted into a TV series, and much lauded for its dramatic depiction of competitive chess.
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