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The Pecking Order
A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Become
Written by Dalton Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71381-1 (0-375-71381-6)

The family is our haven, the place where we all start off on equal footing — or so we like to think. But if that’s the case, why do so many siblings often diverge widely in social status, wealth, and education? In this groundbreaking and meticulously researched book, acclaimed sociologist Dalton... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Translating America
An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, 1890-1920
Written by Peter Conolly-Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-287-4 (1-58834-287-5)

At the turn of the century, New York City’s Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World... Read more >

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The Routes of Man
Travels in the Paved World
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7702-1 (1-4000-7702-8)

Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them.

With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores... Read more >
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The Talent Code
Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
Written by Daniel Coyle


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 28, 2009
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80684-7 (0-553-80684-X)

“This book is not only quite convincing about the role of hard work in gaining skills, but gives insight into the ‘type’ of hard work that pays off. In line with the experimental evidence for educational gains from convincing students that diligent study can rewire the brain, I am assigning the... Read more >
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So Close to Heaven
The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas
Written by Barbara Crossette


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74363-7 (0-679-74363-4)

This fascinating and colorful book takes students into a world that is just emerging from the middle ages and peering warily into the millennium ahead: the reclusive kingdom of Bhutan which remains true to that religion's riotous marriage of esoteric theology and gorgeous ritual, serenely meditating Buddhas and snarling deities entwined... Read more >
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What the World Eats

Written by Faith D'Aluisio
Photographed by Peter Menzel


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press
On Sale: August 1, 2008
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-58246-246-2 (1-58246-246-1)

Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and NestlŽ, current events are having a tremendous... Read more >

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In Xanadu

Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94888-5 (0-307-94888-9)

William Dalrymple’s award-winning first book: his classic, fiercely intelligent and wonderfully entertaining account of his journey across Marco Polo’s 700-year-old route from Jerusalem to Xanadu, the summer palace of Kubla Khan.

At the age of twenty-two, Dalrymple left his college in Cambridge to travel to the ruins of Kubla Khan’s stately... Read more >
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Nine Lives
In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47446-9 (0-307-47446-1)

From the author of The Last Mughal, an enlightening book that explores with remarkable compassion and expansive insight nine varieties of religious devotion in India today.

In portraits of people we might otherwise never know William Dalrymple distills his twenty-five years of travel in India to explore the challenges faced by practitioners... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Nine Lives
In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
Written by William Dalrymple


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27282-9 (0-307-27282-6)

From the author of The Last Mughal (“A compulsively readable masterpiece”—The New York Review of Books), a mesmerizing book that explores how traditional religions are observed in today’s India, revealing ways of life that we might otherwise never have known.

A middle-class woman from Calcutta finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Written by Mike Davis
Photographed by Robert Morrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 441 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 17, 2006
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-568-5 (1-84467-568-8)

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide-ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is... 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 >
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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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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47682-1 (0-307-47682-0)

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton’s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion—without having to believe in any of it.

He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from it—because the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37910-8 (0-307-37910-8)

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Week at the Airport

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73967-4 (0-307-73967-8)

Given unprecedented access to one of the world’s busiest airports as a “writer-in-residence,” Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world—from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic... 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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Inheriting the Trade
A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7282-0 (0-8070-7282-6)

In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least ten thousand Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced their ancestors’ steps through the notorious triangle trade route–from New England to... Read more >
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Yoga
The Art of Transformation
Edited by Debra Diamond
Contribution by David Gordon White, Tamara Sears, Carl Ernst and Sir James Mallinson


Format: Hardcover, 360 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-459-5 (1-58834-459-2)

An exploration of yoga’s meanings and transformations over time; the discipline’s goals of spiritual enlightenment, worldly power, and health and well-being; and the beauty and profundity of Indian art. Read more >

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Running on Ritalin
A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill
Written by Lawrence H. Diller


Format: Trade Paperback, 404 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37906-8 (0-553-37906-2)

In 1997 alone, nearly five million people in the U.S. were prescribed Ritalin–most of them young children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Is this cause for alarm–or simply the case of an effective treatment meeting a newly discovered need? In a book as provocative and newsworthy as Listening to Prozac... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0154-7 (0-8070-0154-6)

Astonishingly, the average age of first viewing porn is now 11.5 years for boys, and with the advent of the Internet, it’s no surprise that young people are consuming more porn than ever. And, as Gail Dines shows, today’s porn is strikingly different from yesterday’s Playboy. As porn culture has become... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4452-0 (0-8070-4452-0)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4453-7 (0-8070-4453-9)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Manifesting Minds
A Review of Psychedelics in Science, Medicine, Sex, and Spirituality
Edited by Rick Doblin, Ph.D. and Brad Burge
Contribution by Albert Hoffman, Ram Dass and Sasha Shulgin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-726-5 (1-58394-726-4)

This book is a one-of-a-kind anthology, a “best of” collection of articles and essays published by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). Topics include the healing use of marijuana and psychedelics–including MDMA, ibogaine, LSD, and ayahuasca–for PTSD, anxiety, depression, and drug addiction, as well as positive effects of these substances... Read more >
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A Twist of Faith
An American Christian's Quest to Help Orphans in Africa
Written by John Donnelly


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0116-5 (0-8070-0116-3)

American Christians, veteran reporter John Donnelly has discovered, are an ever-increasing source of aid in Africa, with some experts estimating that U.S. churches supply more resources to Africa than USAID. In A Twist of Faith, he tells the unlikely story of how faith and determination compelled one such American Christian to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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