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The Innocent Man

Written by John Grisham


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34091-5 (0-385-34091-5)

Selected for Common Reading at Cazenovia College

In 1982, a 21-year-old waitress in Ada, Oklahoma was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. They wound up charging former local baseball star Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz with capital murder. Despite the fact that the... Read more >

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A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves
Written by Jane Gross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47240-3 (0-307-47240-X)

When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hacker Ethic
A Radical Approach to the Philosophy of Business
Written by Pekka Himanen
Prologue by Linus Torvalds
Epilogue by Manuel Castells


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75878-2 (0-375-75878-X)

Nearly a century ago, Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism articulated the animating spirit of the industrial age, the Protestant ethic. Now, Pekka Hinamen — together with Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells — articulates how hackers* represent a new, opposing ethos for the information age. Underlying hackers’... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Collapse of the Common Good
How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines Our Freedom
Written by Philip K. Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 29, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43871-3 (0-345-43871-X)

Examining the U.S. legal system's efforts to protect individuals against unfair decisions, lawyer, author, and social commentator Philip K. Howard shows how citizens of the United States have inadvertently been stripped of much of their individual freedom. Arguing the need to reintroduce the concepts of authority and hierarchy, he reveals that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Censored 2012
The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2010-2011
Edited by Mickey Huff and Project Censored


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-347-6 (1-60980-347-7)

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation’s oldest news-monitoring group–a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff–has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
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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Never Say Die
The Myth of the New Old Age
Written by Susan Jacoby


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45628-1 (0-307-45628-5)

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby delivers a brave, impassioned, and exceptionally important wake-up call to Americans who have long been deluded by the dangerous myth that a radically new old age awaits the huge baby boom generation.

Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Simone Gane


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2160-7 (1-4012-2160-2)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men travel to a devastated New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them... Read more >

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Orange Is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52339-4 (0-385-52339-4)

Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beyond the Influence
Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism
Written by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad and Arthur P. Ciaramicoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38014-9 (0-553-38014-1)

Although alcoholism has been recognized by scientists as a disease rather than a character flaw, proper treatment for this condition is still unavailable to millions. Beyond the Influence offers solutions. This invaluable sourcebook, compiled by top experts in the field of alcohol dependency, clarifies the neurological nature of the disease and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8602-5 (0-8070-8602-9)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fire in the Ashes
Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: August 28, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5246-2 (1-4000-5246-7)

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Path Appears
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-34991-8 (0-385-34991-2)

From the authors of the #1 New York Times best-selling Half the Sky, a unique and essential narrative about making a difference in the world—a road-map to becoming a conscientious global citizen. Soon to be the basis of a PBS four-hour series.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, this galvanizing new book from... Read more >

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Schools with Spirit
Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers
Written by Linda Lantieri


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3133-9 (0-8070-3133-X)

In Schools with Spirit, fourteen respected educators ask whether schools can nurture the inner life of students without violating the beliefs of families or the separation of church and state. For anyone who is concerned for the inner lives of our children, Schools with Spirit inspires, through deeply moving stories, about... Read more >

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Children First
What Society Must Do--and is Not Doing--for Children Today
Written by Penelope Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75466-4 (0-679-75466-0)

Leach offers an urgent and powerful argument for the creation of economic and social supports for children in our society, and presents specific steps by which we as individuals and as a society can fashion a new economic priority for our children. Children First is above all a call to action... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Borderlands
Riding the Edge of America
Written by Derek Lundy


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-39863-5 (0-307-39863-3)

Derek Lundy turns sixty at the end of a year in which three good friends have died. He feels the need to do something radical, and sets out on his motorcycle - a Kawasaki KLR 650 cc single-cylinder “thumper,” which he describes as “unpretentious” and also “butt-ugly.” Fascinated by the United... Read more >

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All Souls
A Family Story from Southie
Written by Michael Patrick MacDonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7213-4 (0-8070-7213-3)

Common Reading Programs that have selected All Souls:

Colleges and Universities:
Northeastern University
Northridge College
Springfield Technical Community College
Tufts University
Suffolk University
Dean College

All Souls
takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger’s crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald’s Southie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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And Their Children After Them
The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South
Written by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
Foreword by Carl Mydans


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-657-5 (1-58322-657-5)

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

In And Their Children After Them, the writer/photographer team Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson return to the land and families captured in James Agee and Walker Evans’s inimitable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, extending the project of conscience and chronicling the traumatic decline... Read more >

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True Green
100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet
Written by Kim Mckay and Jenny Bonnin


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0113-4 (1-4262-0113-3)

Global warming, climate change, toxic waste, and more: it sometimes seems the environmental challenges we face are just too huge for individual actions to matter, but they're not–and here's the proof. True Green is based on the practical experience of Clean Up the World, a grassroots environmental movement that has inspired... Read more >

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She Looks Just Like You
A Memoir of (Nonbiological Lesbian) Motherhood
Written by Amie Klempnauer Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0151-6 (0-8070-0151-1)

After ten years of talking about having children, two years of trying (and failing) to conceive, and one shot of donor sperm for her partner, Amie Miller was about to become a mother. Or something like that. Over the next nine months, as her partner became the biological mom-to-be, Miller became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poison Penmanship
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Written by Jessica Mitford
Preface by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-355-8 (1-59017-355-4)

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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Radical Equations
Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project
Written by Robert Moses and Charles E. Cobb


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3127-8 (0-8070-3127-5)

At a time when popular solutions to the educational plight of poor children of color are imposed from the outside-national standards, high-stakes tests, charismatic individual saviors-the acclaimed Algebra Project and its founder, Robert Moses, offer a vision of school reform based in the power of communities. Begun in 1982, the Algebra... Read more >

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The Hardest Questions Aren't on the Test
Lessons from an Innovative Urban School
Written by Linda Nathan


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0615-3 (0-8070-0615-7)

The Boston Arts Academy comprises an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body, yet 94 percent of its graduates are accepted to college. This remarkable success rate, writes Principal Linda Nathan, is in large part due to asking the right questions and being open to seeking solutions collaboratively with faculty, parents, and... Read more >

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The Accordion Family
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0743-3 (0-8070-0743-9)

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties boomeranging back to or never leaving their parents’ homes in the world’s wealthiest countries? Acclaimed sociologist Katherine Newman addresses this phenomenon in this timely and original book that uncovers fascinating links between globalization and the failure-to-launch trend. With over 300 interviews conducted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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