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Freedom
Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Written by Amnesty International USA


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58883-8 (0-307-58883-1)

Sixty years ago, the United Nations took a moral stand against human rights crimes and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a proclamation of thirty rights that belong to us all, starting memorably with Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal.”

Now, an array of internationally acclaimed... Read more >
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While Europe Slept
How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within
Written by Bruce Bawer


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 11, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2005-6 (0-7679-2005-8)

The struggle for the soul of Europe today is every bit as dire and consequential as it was in the 1930s. Then, in Weimar, Germany, the center did not hold, and the light of civilization nearly went out. Today, the continent has entered yet another “Weimar moment.” Will Europeans rise to... Read more >
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Dictatorship of Virtue
How the Battle Over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country, and Our Lives
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76398-7 (0-679-76398-8)

Bernstein offers an examination of multiculturalism--from its noble roots to the abuses and excesses that he sees being perpetrated in its name. Dictatorship of Virtue takes us to the front lines of this war for America's intellectual future: battles of school curricula, local legislation, college reading lists, censorship and freedom of... Read more >

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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

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Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Queer History of the United States

Written by Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4465-0 (0-8070-4465-2)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award

The first book to cover the entirety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, from pre-1492 to the present.

In the 1620s, Thomas Morton broke from Plymouth Colony and founded Merrymount, which celebrated same-sex desire, atheism, and interracial marriage. Transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, in the early... Read more >
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Dude, Where's My Black Studies Department?
The Disappearance of Black Americans from Our Universities
Written by Cecil Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-573-7 (1-55643-573-8)

Blacks have been vanishing from college campuses in the United States and reappearing in prisons, videos, and movies. Cecil Brown tackles this unwitting "disappearing act" head-on, paying special attention to the situation at UC Berkeley and the University of California system generally. Brown contends that educators have ignored the importance of... Read more >
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Better for All the World
The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity
Written by Harry Bruinius


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71305-7 (0-375-71305-0)

A timely and gripping history of the controversial eugenics movement in America–and the scientists, social reformers and progressives who supported it.

In Better for All the World, Harry Bruinius charts the little known history of eugenics in America–a movement that began in the early twentieth century and resulted in the forced sterilization... Read more >
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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Our Town
A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America
Written by Cynthia Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 27, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34188-4 (0-307-34188-7)

The brutal lynching of two young black men in Marion, Indiana, on August 7, 1930, cast a shadow over the town that still lingers; but is only one event in the long and complicated history of race relations in Marion, a history much ignored and considered by many to be best... Read more >
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Hollowing Out the Middle
The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Written by Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0614-6 (0-8070-0614-9)

In 2001, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to understand the rural brain drain and the exodus of young people from America’s countryside. Articles and books–notably Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class–celebrate the migration of highly productive and... Read more >
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Place, Not Race
A New Vision of Opportunity in America
Written by Sheryll Cashin


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8614-8 (0-8070-8614-2)

 Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward Connerly kickstarted a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the mid-1990s, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Waking from the Dream
The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by David L. Chappell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6546-2 (1-4000-6546-1)

The author of A Stone of Hope, called “one of the three or four most important books on the civil rights movement” by The Atlantic Monthly, turns his attention to the years after Martin Luther King’s assassination—and provides a sweeping history of the struggle to keep the civil rights movement alive... Read more >
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They Take Our Jobs!
And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4156-7 (0-8070-4156-4)

Claims that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of... Read more >
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I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine
Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup
Written by David Chura


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0123-3 (0-8070-0123-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

A veteran teacher gives an “inside” view of the lives of juveniles sentenced as adults

David Chura taught high school in a New York county penitentiary for ten years—five days a week, seven hours a day. In... Read more >
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The Working Life
The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work
Written by Joanne B. Ciulla


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-609-80737-8 (0-609-80737-4)

A wide-ranging look at the allure and changing significance of work.  With seductions, misunderstandings, and misinformation everywhere, this immensely readable book calls for a new contract--with ourselves.

Drawing from history, mythology, literature, pop culture, and practical experience, Ciulla probes the many meanings of work or its meaninglessness and asks:

Why are so many of... Read more >
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The Peddler's Grandson
Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi
Written by Edward Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 2, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33591-1 (0-385-33591-1)

In this poignant memoir, Edward Cohen tells of his family's experiences of assimilation and isolation as one of the few Jewish families in the Deep South of the 1950s. Insulated by his extended family, Cohen believed the world was populated only by Jews. It was only when he started school that... Read more >

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Open City
A Novel
Written by Teju Cole


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8009-7 (0-8129-8009-3)

Winner, 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction)
A 2011 New York Times Notable Book

A haunting novel about national identity, race, liberty, loss, dislocation, and surrender, Teju Cole’s Open City seethes with intelligence. It is a profound work by an important new author who has much to say about our... Read more >
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Honky

Written by Dalton Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72775-7 (0-375-72775-2)

As recalled in Honky, Dalton Conley’s childhood has all of the classic elements of growing up in America. But the fact that he was one of the few white boys in a mostly black and Puerto Rican neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side makes Dalton’s childhood unique.

At the age of three... Read more >

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Book of Peoples of the World
A Guide to Cultures
Edited by Wade Davis, K. David Harrison and Catherine Herbert Howell


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 18, 2008
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0238-4 (1-4262-0238-5)

As cultures and languages disappear from the Earth at a shocking rate, it becomes all the more urgent for us to know and value the world’s many ethnic identities. National Geographic’s Book of Peoples of the World propels that important quest with concern, authority, and respect. Created by a team of... Read more >

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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood
Written by Carmit Delman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: September 30, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0 (0-345-44594-5)

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Miracles of Mentoring
How to Encourage and Lead Future Generations
Written by Thomas Dortch and Carla Fine


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0574-9 (0-7679-0574-1)

This important new book, based on the mentoring program created by The 100 Black Men of America, provides readers with advice about how mentoring a child can lead to many positive changes in a young person’s life. With more than 10,000 members in eighty-two chapters in the U.S., the Virgin Islands... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Quest of the Silver Fleece
A Novel
Written by W.E.B. Dubois


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1845-9 (0-7679-1845-2)

INTRODUCTION BY ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, cognizant dean for humanities at Stanford University.

The Quest of the Silver Fleece was the first novel to come from world-famous sociologist and civil-rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois. A controversial title of its time, the novel chronicles the complex interactions between Northern financing and Southern politics as it... Read more >
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Younger Than That Now
A Shared Passage from the Sixties
Written by Jeff Durstewitz and Ruth Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-38048-4 (0-553-38048-6)

Younger Than That Now looks at the correspondence between two denizens of entirely different worlds. In 1969 Jeff Durstewitz, "ringleader" of a group of students from a Long Island, New York school newspaper, wrote an obnoxious letter to Ruth Tuttle, the editor of a school paper in small-town Mississippi— without the... Read more >
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Re-Making Love
The Feminization Of Sex
Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1987
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-18499-1 (0-385-18499-9)

This provocative book reveals how the real sexual revolution was initiated by women -- not men -- and how it transformed both our behavior and our understanding of what sex means in our lives. Read more >
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