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Aftershock(Inequality for All--Movie Tie-in Edition)

Robert Reich

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: 09/24/2013
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-345-80722-9

Updated and With a New Introduction
When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street bankers. But Robert B. Reich, one of our most experienced and trusted voices on public policy, suggests another reason for the meltdown. Our real problem, he argues, lies in the increasing... Read more >

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Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong

Raymond Bonner

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: 01/08/2013
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-94854-0

From Pulitzer Prize winner Raymond Bonner, the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row.

In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded... Read more >

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Breach of Faith
Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City

Jed Horne

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
On Sale: 07/15/2008
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7650-2

Hurricane Katrina shredded one of the great cities of the South, and as levees failed and the federal relief effort proved lethally incompetent, a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe. As an editor of New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize—winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat to the... Read more >

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Dreams from My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance

Barack Obama

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
On Sale: 08/10/2004
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8277-3

Selected for Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and others.
In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches... Read more >

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Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
On Sale: 01/02/2007
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7178-1

Common Reading Programs that have selected Enrique’s Journey:

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete

William C. Rhoden

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 07/24/2007
Price: $14.99
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >

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Dispatches from America's Culture War

Cora Daniels

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 09/09/2008
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2240-1

Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America’s embrace of a ghetto persona that demeans women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of... Read more >

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Last Chance in Texas
The Redemption of Criminal Youth

John Hubner

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 04/29/2008
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-375-75998-7

A powerful, bracing, and deeply spiritual look at intensely troubled youth, Last Chance In Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates.
While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive--and one of... Read more >

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Made to Stick
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
On Sale: 01/02/2007
Price: $26.00
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6428-1

Updated, with a New Chapter
Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas–business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others–struggle to... Read more >

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Ten Letters
The Stories Americans Tell Their President

Eli Saslow

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 08/07/2012
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-74255-1

In this inspiring and powerful look at the issues facing Americans today, reporter Eli Saslow creates vivid portraits of the lives of ten citizens who corresponded with President Obama. Their letters, and the president’s handwritten responses, tell of the personal struggles behind everything from healthcare to immigration to war. One mother... Read more >

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The Audacity of Hope
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Barack Obama

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: 11/06/2007
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-307-23770-5

Echoing themes he sounded in his extraordinary keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Senator Barack Obama speaks in this book to Americans of all stripes who are weary of U.S. politics today, and who long for something rooted in the faith and decency of the American Dream.
In The... Read more >

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The Google Story
For Google's 10th Birthday

David A. Vise

Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
On Sale: 09/23/2008
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 978-0-385-34273-5

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The New Digital Age
Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: 03/04/2014
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-94705-5

In the next decade, five billion new people will come online, posing for our world a host of new opportunities—and dangers. Google’s Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen traveled to thirty-five countries, including some of the world’s most volatile regions and met with political leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists to learn firsthand about... Read more >

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Jonathan Kozol

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
On Sale: 08/01/2006
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call.... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund
Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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The Working Poor
Invisible in America

David K Shipler

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 01/04/2005
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-375-70821-3

Most of the people I write about in this book do not have the luxury of rage. They are caught in exhausting struggles. Their wages do not lift them far enough from poverty to improve their lives, and their lives, in turn, hold them back. The term by which they are... Read more >

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Dave Eggers

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: 06/15/2010
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38794-3

A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San... Read more >