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Little Money Street
In Search of Gypsies and Their Music in the South of France
Written by Fernanda Eberstadt
Introduction by John Updike


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27942-2 (0-307-27942-1)

In 1998, Fernanda Eberstadt, her husband, and their two small children moved from New York to an area outside Perpignan, France—a city with one of the largest Gypsy populations in Western Europe. Here she found a jealously guarded culture, a society made, in part, of lawlessness and defiance of non-Gypsy norms... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Ascent of Humanity
Civilization and the Human Sense of Self
Written by Charles Eisenstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-535-3 (1-58394-535-0)

Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Technological Society

Written by Jacques Ellul


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1967
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70390-9 (0-394-70390-1)

Introduction by Robert K. Merton, translated by John Wilkinson.  As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in 1954, Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed.  Ellul offers a penetrating analysis... Read more >

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AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Written by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 12, 1985
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74018-8 (0-394-74018-1)

This collection gathers one-hundred-sixty tales from eighty tribal groups to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage.  From all across the continent come tales of creation, love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Written by Clarissa Pinkola Phd EstÚs


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39681-5 (0-345-39681-2)

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes, a Jungian analyst and cantadora (storyteller), conducts what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from more than twenty years of research, she examines the healthy, instinctual... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Survival of the Prettiest
The Science of Beauty
Written by Nancy Etcoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47942-4 (0-385-47942-5)

In this provocative, witty, and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, Nancy Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, skewers one of our culture's most enduring myths, that the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior.

Etcoff puts forth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Written by Daniel L. Everett


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38612-0 (0-307-38612-0)

A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil.
Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Language
The Cultural Tool
Written by Daniel L. Everett


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47380-6 (0-307-47380-5)

For years, the prevailing opinion among academics has been that language is embedded in our genes, existing as an innate and instinctual part of us. In this bold and provocative study, linguist Daniel Everett argues that, like other tools, language was invented by humans and can be reinvented or lost. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Begin My Life All Over
The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7235-6 (0-8070-7235-4)

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

“Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate... Read more >

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One Nation Under Goods
Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping
Written by James J. Farrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-292-8 (1-58834-292-1)

Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Darwin Really Said

Written by Benjamin Farrington


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 2, 1996
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1062-0 (0-8052-1062-8)

To bring light where there has been much heat, What Darwin Really Said offers an excellent introduction to this great thinker's discoveries, his view of human development, and the endurance of his theories against the test of time.

"Tremendous--probably the best brief book on the subject. Farrington manages to capture the essence... Read more >

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Transgender Warriors
Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman
Written by Leslie Feinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 30, 1997
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7941-6 (0-8070-7941-3)

With a New Afterword by the Author

In this fascinating, personal journey through history, Leslie Feinberg uncovers persuasive evidence that there have always been people who crossed the cultural boundaries of gender. Transgender Warriors is an eye-opening jaunt through the history of gender expression and a powerful testament to the rebellious spirit.

“Activist... Read more >

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The Oxford Project

Text by Stephen G. Bloom
Photographed by Peter Feldstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59962-087-9 (1-59962-087-1)

The Alex-award winning The Oxford Project is back in an abridged paperback edition. Less expensive, more portable, and retaining all the drama of this extraordinary true tale of a seemingly ordinary Midwestern town through the pictures and words its residents. Equal parts art, American history, cultural anthropology, and human narrative -... Read more >

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Necessary Dreams
Ambition in Women's Changing Lives
Written by Anna Fels


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75888-4 (0-679-75888-7)

In this groundbreaking book about how women perceive, are prepared for, and cope with ambition and achievement, psychiatrist Anna Fels examines ambition at the deepest psychological level. Cutting to the core of what ambition can provide—the essential elements of a fulfilling life—Fels describes why, for women but not for men, ambition... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Uncommon Ground
Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800
Written by Leland Ferguson


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-059-9 (1-56098-059-1)

Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society’s prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Guests of the Sheik
An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-01485-4 (0-385-01485-6)

In this absorbing account, Elizabeth Fernea examines the daily lives of women in a small rural village in southern Iraq. For two years, Fernea lived in El Nahra, Southern Iraq, where, in addition to cultural norms such as polygamy, no social communications between women and men are allowed. This ethnographic study... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In Search of Islamic Feminism

Written by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 10, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48858-7 (0-385-48858-0)

To most Americans, the very idea of “Islamic feminism” would seem a contradiction in terms. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force Muslim women to accept male authority unconditionally. In In Search of Islamic Feminism, Elizabeth Fernea—acclaimed scholar, author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Farewell, My Subaru
An Epic Adventure in Local Living
Written by Doug Fine


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7789-9 (0-8129-7789-0)

Selected for Common Reading at Western Connecticut State University


Like many Americans, Doug Fine enjoys his creature comforts, but he also knows full well they keep him addicted to oil. So he wonders: Is it possible to keep his Netflix and his car, his Wi-Fi and his subwoofers, and still reduce his... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Running with the Kenyans
Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
Written by Adharanand Finn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52880-3 (0-345-52880-8)

Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. Finn’s mesmerizing quest combines a fresh look at barefoot running, practical advice on the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Bury Me Standing
The Gypsies and Their Journey
Written by Isabel Fonseca


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73743-8 (0-679-73743-X)

Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Power/Knowledge
Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1980
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73954-0 (0-394-73954-X)

Edited and with an afterword by Colin Gordon.  In this set of essays and interviews, Foucault interprets his writings on such themes as sexuality, politics, and punishment, stressing the contribution of each to the magnificent--and terrifying--portrait of society that he is compiling.  As Foucault shows, what he has always been describing is the... Read more >

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0275-9 (1-4262-0275-X)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Totem and Taboo
Resemblances Between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics
Written by Sigmund Freud


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1960
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70124-0 (0-394-70124-0)

In this brilliant exploratory attempt (originally written in 1912-1913) to extend the analysis for the individual psyche to the analysis for the individual psyche to society and culture, Freud laid the lines for much of his later thought. Basing his investigations on the findings of anthropologists, Freud found that primitive societies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Life: The Movie
How Entertainment Conquered Reality
Written by Neal Gabler


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 29, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70653-0 (0-375-70653-4)

From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell, the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from news and politics to religion and high culture-into one vast public entertainment.

Neal Gabler calls them "lifies," those blockbusters written in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wild Coast
Travels on South America's Untamed Edge
Written by John Gimlette


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47362-2 (0-307-47362-7)

Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are among the least-known places in South America: nine hundred miles of muddy coastline giving way to a forest so dense that even today there are virtually no roads through it; a string of rickety coastal towns situated between the mouths of the Orinoco and Amazon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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