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Becoming Animal
An Earthly Cosmology
Written by David Abram


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71369-9 (0-375-71369-7)

David Abram’s first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, has become a classic of environmental literature. Now he returns with a startling exploration of our human entanglement with the rest of nature.

As the climate veers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Spell of the Sensuous
Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Written by David Abram


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77639-0 (0-679-77639-7)

Winner of the Lannan Award for Nonfiction

David Abram's award-winning work of natural philosophy is already transforming debates at the forefront of environmental studies, psychology, anthropology, literary theory, and philosophy.  Praised for "combining poetic passion with intellectual rigor and daring," (Lannan Award citation), The Spell of the Sensuous explores the earthly, ecological dimensions... Read more >
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Deep Play

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77135-7 (0-679-77135-2)

With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world.  Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the abitlity to play.

"Deep play" is that more intensified form of play that... Read more >
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A Natural History of the Senses

Written by Diane Ackerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73566-3 (0-679-73566-6)

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand tour of the realm of the senses includes conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a professional nose in New York, along with dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic cuisine and the music played by the planet Earth.

PRAISE FOR A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES

"Delightful... Read more >
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Brothel
Mustang Ranch and Its Women
Written by Alexa Albert


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 25, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00658-0 (0-449-00658-1)

When Harvard medical student Alexa Albert conducted a public-health study as the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada, the only state in the union where prostitution is legal, neither she nor the brothel could have predicted the end result. Having worked with homeless prostitutes in Times Square, Albert was intimate with human... Read more >
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Makuna
Portrait of an Amazonian People
Written by Kaj Arhem
Photographed by Diego Samper


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2003
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-092-4 (1-58834-092-9)

Throughout their history, the Makuna have withstood the social and environmental stresses inflicted upon them by European arrival, the Amazonian rubber boom at the turn of the century, and a black-market demand for coca leaves during the 1970s and 1980s. Most recently, gold mining is threatening to destroy their hills and... Read more >

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The Hour of Our Death

Written by Philippe Aries


Format: Trade Paperback, 696 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1982
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75156-6 (0-394-75156-6)

This remarkable book—the fruit of almost two decades of study—traces in compelling fashion the changes in Western attitudes toward death and dying from the earliest Christian times to the present day. A truly landmark study, The Hour of Our Death reveals a pattern of gradually developing evolutionary stages in our perceptions... Read more >
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The Vulnerable Observer
Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart
Written by Ruth Behar


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4631-9 (0-8070-4631-0)

Eloquently interweaving ethnography and memoir, award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for humanistic anthropology. She proposes an anthropology that is lived and written in a personal voice. She does so in the hope that it will lead us toward greater depth of understanding and feeling, not only... Read more >

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Recreating First Contact
Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture
Edited by Joshua A. Bell, Alison K. Brown and Robert J. Gordon


Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-14-4 (1-935623-14-1)

Recreating First Contact explores themes related to the proliferation of adventure travel which emerged during the early twentieth century and that were legitimized by their associations with popular views of anthropology. During this period, new transport and recording technologies, particularly the airplane and automobile and small, portable, still and motion-picture cameras... Read more >
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Sicily
Three Thousand Years of Human History
Written by Sandra Benjamin


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-131-1 (1-58642-131-X)

The rich, recorded history of Sicily reaches back for more than three thousand years. Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Byzantines, Muslims, Normans, Hohenstaufens, Spaniards, Bourbons, the Savoy Kingdom of Italy and the modern era have all held sway, and left lasting influences on the island’s culture and architecture. And yet no contemporary... Read more >
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A Fortunate Man
The Story of a Country Doctor
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73726-1 (0-679-73726-X)

In this quietly revolutionary work of social observation and medical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor and find a universal man--one who has taken it upon himself to recognize his patient's humanity when illness and the fear of... Read more >
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The Sacred Canopy
Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
Written by Peter L. Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-07305-9 (0-385-07305-4)

This absorbing examination of the sociological roots of religious belief expands on Berger's theories of knowledge. With illustrations drawn from a variety of primitive, ancient, and contemporary religions, Berger argues that religion is a "sacred canopy" that every society builds to give its world meaning. Read more >

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One Hundred Days
My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient
Written by David Biro


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70673-8 (0-375-70673-9)

It is a situation we all fear and none of us can imagine: a life-threatening diagnosis. But what if the person receiving the diagnosis—young, physically fit, poised for a bright future—is himself a doctor?

At thirty-one David Biro has just completed his residency and joined his father’s successful dermatology practice. Struck with... Read more >
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7932-9 (0-8129-7932-X)

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

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 University
Skidmore College
University of...
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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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Return to Laughter
An Anthropological Novel
Written by Elenore Smith Bowen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 20, 1964
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-05312-9 (0-385-05312-6)

"The first introspective account ever published of what it's like to be a field worker among a primitive people."—Margaret Mead 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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The Art of Lying Down
A Guide to Horizontal Living
Written by Bernd Brunner
Translated by Lori Lantz


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 19, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-309-0 (1-61219-309-9)

We spend a good third of our lives lying down: sleeping, dreaming, making love, thinking, reading, and getting well. Bernd Brunner’s ode to lying down is a rich exploration of cultural history and an entertaining collection of tales, ranging from the history of the mattress to the “slow living movement” to... 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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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Written by Leslie T. Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52018-8 (0-385-52018-2)

Winner of the 2009 Asian American Literary Award For Nonfiction, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
One of the Washington Post’s best books of 2008
A Seattle Times best nonfiction book of 2008
One of the Christian... Read more >
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Glass, Paper, Beans
Revolutions on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things
Written by Leah Hager Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49257-7 (0-385-49257-X)

Once upon a time we knew the origins of things: what piece of earth the potato on our dinner plate came from, which well our water was dipped from, who cobbled our shoes, and whose cow provided the leather. In many parts of the world, that information is still readily available... 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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Newjack
Guarding Sing Sing
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72662-0 (0-375-72662-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction

Ted Conover, the intrepid author of Coyotes, about the world of illegal Mexican immigrants, spent a year as a prison guard at Sing Sing. Newjack, his account of that experience, is a milestone in American journalism: a book that casts... Read more >
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Rolling Nowhere
Riding the Rails with America's Hoboes
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72786-3 (0-375-72786-8)

In Ted Conover’s first book, now back in print, he enters a segment of humanity outside society and reports back on a world few of us would chose to enter but about which we are all curious.

Hoboes fascinated Conover, but he had only encountered them in literature and folksongs. So, he... Read more >

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The Mushroom Hunters
On the Trail of an Underground America
Written by Langdon Cook


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-53625-9 (0-345-53625-8)

Within the dark corners of America’s forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance... Read more >
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