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Cotton Tenants
Three Families
Written by James Agee
Edited by John Summers
Photographed by Walker Evans
Introduction by Adam Haslett


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-212-3 (1-61219-212-2)

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most... Read more >
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The Pearl

Written by Anonymous


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 29, 1996
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-41004-7 (0-345-41004-1)

This volume contains the full text of all issues of The Pearl, the underground magazine of Victorian England. The Pearl made its debut in London in 1879, a self-proclaimed journal of unblushing erotica for every taste. It flourished on the subterranean market until December 1880, when it vanished as mysteriously as... Read more >
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Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form
Written by Anna Anthropy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-372-8 (1-60980-372-8)

Part critical essay, part manifesto, part DIY guide, and altogether unprecedented, Anna Anthropy’s Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows why the multi-billion dollar videogame industry needs to change--and how a new generation of artists can change it.

In Rise of the Videogame Zinesters, pixel-provocateur Anthropy launches the first intergalactic offensive against the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Gangs of New York
An Informal History of the Underworld
Written by Herbert Asbury


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38898-8 (0-307-38898-0)

First published in 1928, Herbert Asbury's whirlwind tour through the low-life of nineteenth-century New York has become an indispensible classic of urban history.

Focusing on the saloon halls, gambling dens, and winding alleys of the Bowery and the notorious Five Points district, The Gangs of New York dramatically evokes the destitution... Read more >

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The New Media Monopoly
A Completely Revised and Updated Edition With Seven New Chapters
Written by Ben H. Bagdikian


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6187-9 (0-8070-6187-5)

When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian’s warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation’s news “alarmist.” Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America’s daily newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, book publishers... Read more >
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A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense

Written by Normand Baillargeon
Illustrated by Charb
Translated by Andrea Schmidt


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 5, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-765-7 (1-58322-765-2)

What is the relationship between democracy and critical thinking? What must a citizen in a democracy know to make the word democracy meaningful? In A Short Course in Intellectual Self-Defense, historian and educator Normand Baillargeon provides readers with the tools to see through the spin and jargon of everyday politics and... Read more >

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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1 (0-385-66737-X)

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
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Secrets
On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation
Written by Sissela Bok


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72473-5 (0-679-72473-7)

In this "distinguished and necessary book" (The New York Times Book Review) Bok discusses the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in government, science, public affairs, family life, psychotherapy and the confessional.

Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets?
Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be... Read more >
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern...
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The Image
A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America
Written by Daniel J. Boorstin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74180-0 (0-679-74180-1)

First published in 1962, Boorstin’s prophetic vision of an America inundated by its own illusions introduced the notion of “pseudo-events” —events such as press conferences and presidential debates, which are manufactured solely in order to be reported—and the contemporary definition of “celebrity” as “a person who is known for his well-knownness.”... Read more >
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The Craft of Interviewing

Written by John Brady


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1977
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72469-0 (0-394-72469-0)

Brady has put together an indispensable guide to the art of questioning. The Craft of Interviewing covers all aspects of the interview process--getting the interview, doing research, handling the subject face-to-face, hurdling hazards, getting tough, taking notes, taping, dealing with off-the-record types, concluding the interview, verifying it, and wrapping it up... Read more >
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The Frenzy of Renown
Fame and Its History
Written by Leo Braudy


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 25, 1997
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-77630-7 (0-679-77630-3)

For Alexander the Great, fame meant accomplishing what no mortal had ever accomplished before. For Julius Caesar, personal glory was indistinguishable from that of Rome. The early Christians devalued public recognition, believing that the only true audience was God. Marilyn Monroe owed much of her fame to the fragility that led... Read more >

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Free Ride
John McCain and the Media
Written by David Brock and Paul Waldman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27940-8 (0-307-27940-5)

John McCain's underdog campaign in 2000 was one of the great surprises of recent presidential politics; portraying himself as a maverick and an outsider, McCain managed to get closer to the nomination than anyone expected. Then in 2004, there was rampant speculation in the media that McCain would join John Kerry's... Read more >
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The Central Park Five
The Untold Story Behind One of New York City's Most Infamous Crimes
Written by Sarah Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38798-1 (0-307-38798-4)

A riveting, in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes.

On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, her skull so badly smashed that nearly 80 percent of her blood has spilled onto the ground. Within days, five black and Latino teenagers... Read more >
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Slightly Out of Focus

Written by Robert Capa
Foreword by Cornell Capa
Introduction by Richard Whelan


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75396-1 (0-375-75396-6)

Robert Capa, the brilliant and daring photojournalist, hopped a merchant ship to London because Collier's magazine had put him on assignment to photograph the war raging in Europe. In these pages, Capa recounts his terrifying journey through the darkest battles of World War II and shares his memories of the men... Read more >

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American Photojournalism Comes of Age

Written by Michael L. Carlebach


Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1997
Price: $36.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-786-4 (1-56098-786-3)

In American Photojournalism Comes of Age, Michael L. Carlebach discusses the ways in which photojournalists redefined the boundaries of publicity and privacy, fact and fabrication during the formative decades of the profession. He explains how photographers and editors took advantage not only of more streamlined technologies but also of the public’s... Read more >

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9-11
Was There an Alternative?
Written by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-343-8 (1-60980-343-4)

In 9-11, published in November 2001 and arguably the single most influential post 9-11 book, internationally renowned thinker Noam Chomsky bridged the information gap around the World Trade Center attacks, cutting through the tangle of political opportunism, expedient patriotism, and general conformity that choked off American discourse in the months immediately... Read more >
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A Colossal Wreck
A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, And American Culture
Written by Alexander Cockburn


Format: Hardcover, 498 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-119-0 (1-78168-119-8)

Alexander Cockburn was without question one of the most influential journalists of his generation, whose writing stems from the best tradition of Mark Twain, H.L. Menchken and Tom Paine. Colossal Wreck, his final work, finished shortly before his death in July 2012, exemplifies the prodigious literary brio that made Cockburn’s name.

Whether... Read more >
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Looking for Trouble
One Woman, Six Wars and a Revolution
Edited by Leslie Cockburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48355-1 (0-385-48355-4)

News correspondent Leslie Cockburn has dined with the Cali Cartel, marched with the Khmer Rouge, hunted down the Black Turban in Afghanistan, pursued the Russian mafia to the Arctic Circle, shared pomegranate sauce with the Ayatollahs, and stopped a small Kurdish war, but she has never told these stories in a... Read more >
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If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

Written by Ann Coulter


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 26, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-40895-2 (0-307-40895-7)

“Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as ‘citing facts,’ is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive.”

So begins If Democrats Had Any Brains... Read more >
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If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans

Written by Ann Coulter


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: October 2, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35345-0 (0-307-35345-1)

“Uttering lines that send liberals into paroxysms of rage, otherwise known as ‘citing facts,’ is the spice of life. When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive.”

So begins If Democrats Had Any Brains... Read more >
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Maggie, a Girl of the Streets and Other New York Writings

Written by Stephen Crane
Introduction by Luc Sante


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75689-4 (0-375-75689-2)

This harrowing tale of a young girl in the slums is a searing portrayal of turn-of-the-century New York, and Stephen Crane's most innovative work. Published in 1893, when the author was just twenty-one, it broke new ground with its vivid characters, its brutal naturalism, and its empathic rendering of the lives... Read more >
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Cronkite's War
His World War II Letters Home
Written by Walter Cronkite, IV and Maurice Isserman
Foreword by Tom Brokaw


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1019-8 (1-4262-1019-1)

Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service reporter, married Betsy Maxwell on March 30, 1940, following a four-year courtship. She proved to be the love of his life, and their marriage lasted happily until her death in 2005. But before Walter and Betsy Cronkite celebrated their second anniversary, he... Read more >
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The Black Body

Edited by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-889-0 (1-58322-889-6)

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body’s dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors–award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians–including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and bestselling... Read more >
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The News: A User's Manual

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37912-2 (0-307-37912-4)

The news is everywhere. We can’t stop constantly checking it on our computer screens, but what is this doing to our minds?
 
We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton (author of the best-selling The Architecture of Happiness)... Read more >
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