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Mother Nature
Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
Written by Sarah Hrdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-40893-8 (0-345-40893-4)

~Library Journal Best Book of 1999~

Maternal instinct--the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children--has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking book, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision... Read more >

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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Homo Ludens
A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Written by Johan Huizinga


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4681-4 (0-8070-4681-7)

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The Gift
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
Written by Lewis Hyde


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27950-7 (0-307-27950-2)

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cities and the Wealth of Nations

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72911-4 (0-394-72911-0)

"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting. . . . Jacob's diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark." —The New York Times Book Review

"Not only comprehensible but entertaining. . . . Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and... Read more >

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74195-4 (0-679-74195-X)

A direct indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what... Read more >

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Love in a Headscarf

Written by Shelina Janmohamed


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0080-9 (0-8070-0080-9)

When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected where the journey would take her...

Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more... Read more >
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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The United States of Arugula
The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution
Written by David Kamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1580-9 (0-7679-1580-1)

“With the sweep of an epic novel, David Kamp takes us behind the scenes and into the sweaty, wacky, weird trenches of the Great American Food Revolution. His reporting is solid, his storytelling magnificent, and his good humor is seemingly inexhaustible . . . . a terrific book.” —Molly O’Neill
“Culturally aware... Read more >
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Savages

Written by Joe Kane


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 27, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74019-3 (0-679-74019-8)

In this impressive, funny and moving work, Joe Kane tells the story of the Huaorani, a tribe living in the deepest part of the Amazonian rain forest in Ecuador. The Huaorani have only in the last generation been exposed to such items as the wristwatch. But the modern world is reaching... Read more >
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Exhibiting Cultures
The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display
Written by Ivan Karp


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1991
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-021-6 (1-56098-021-4)

Debating the practices of museums, galleries, and festivals, Exhibiting Cultures probes the often politically charged relationships among aesthetics, contexts, and implicit assumptions that govern how art and artifacts are displayed and understood. The contributors–museum directors, curators, and scholars in art history, folklore, history, and anthropology–represent a variety of stances on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gypsies of Britain

Written by Janet Keet-Black


Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1236-4 (0-7478-1236-5)

This title tells the story of the Romany Gypsies in Britain - where they came from, how they arrived. It explores their travelling way of life and their traditional occupations, including harvesting, making baskets, dealing in horses, fortune telling and rat catching to royalty. It reveals their service as preachers and... Read more >
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On Bullfighting

Written by A. L. Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72081-6 (0-385-72081-5)

An Anchor Books Original

One day, on the brink of despair and contemplating her own mortality, novelist A. L. Kennedy is offered an assignment she can’t refuse–an opportunity to travel to Spain and cover a sport that represents the ultimate confrontation with death: bullfighting.

The result is this remarkable book, which takes Kennedy... Read more >

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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 30, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76817-3 (0-679-76817-3)

Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to... Read more >
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Against Love
A Polemic
Written by Laura Kipnis


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71932-5 (0-375-71932-6)

“Will all the adulterers in the room please stand up?” So begins Laura Kipnis’s profoundly provocative and waggish inquiry into our never-ending quest for lasting love, and its attendant issues of fidelity and betrayal. In the tradition of social critiques such as Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism, Against Love keenly... Read more >
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I Live Here

Written by Mia Kirshner, J.B. MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42478-6 (0-375-42478-4)

I Live Here is a paper documentary–an intimate journey to humanitarian crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi.


~THE BOOK~

I Live Here is a visually stunning narrative — told through journals, stories, images, and graphic novellas — in... Read more >

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The Earth Knows My Name
Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans
Written by Patricia Klindienst


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8571-4 (0-8070-8571-5)

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about... Read more >

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Diet for a Small Planet

Written by Frances Moore Lappe


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37366-3 (0-345-37366-9)

Over twenty years ago Lappe broke new ground by teaching America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. She stresses how her philosophy remains valid, and how food remains the central issue through which to understand world politics. Read more >
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Butterfly People
An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World
Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7692-5 (1-4000-7692-7)

With 32 pages of full-color inserts and black-and-white illustrations throughout.

From one of our most highly regarded historians, here is an original and engrossing chronicle of nineteenth-century America's infatuation with butterflies—“flying flowers”—and the story of the naturalists who unveiled the mysteries of their existence. A product of William Leach's lifelong love of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4456-8 (0-8070-4456-3)

Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Worlding Project
Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization
Edited by Christopher Leigh Connery and Rob Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-680-2 (1-55643-680-7)

Globalization discourse now presumes that the “world space” is entirely at the mercy of market norms and forms promulgated by reactionary U.S. policies. An academic but accessible set of studies, this wide range of essays by noted scholars challenges this paradigm with diverse and strong arguments. Taking on topics that range... Read more >

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The Secret Epidemic
The Story of AIDS and Black America
Written by Jacob Levenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72234-6 (0-385-72234-6)

As we enter the twenty-first century, AIDS in America has become primarily a black disease. African Americans now constitute 50 percent of all new HIV cases, and AIDS is one of the top causes of death in young black men and women. The story of how this came to pass reaches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Myth and Meaning
Cracking the Code of Culture
Written by Claude Levi-Strauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1038-5 (0-8052-1038-5)

With a Foreword by Wendy Doniger. In this expanded collection of five lectures originally delivered on the Canadian radio series "Ideas," Lévi-Strauss offers the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.

"Myth and Meaning touches upon all of Lévi-Strauss's great methodological paradoxes: the... Read more >

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The Children of Sanchez
Autobiography of a Mexican Family
Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74453-1 (0-307-74453-1)

A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty—a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.

It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members—Jesus, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Absolutely American
Four Years at West Point
Written by David Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7693-2 (1-4000-7693-5)

In 1998, West Point made David Lipsky an unprecedented offer: stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America's most promising young people sacrifice so much to become cadets. Lipsky followed one cadet class into mess... Read more >
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