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Faster
The Acceleration of Just About Everything
Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77548-5 (0-679-77548-X)

This is the heyday of speed.

If one quality defines our modern, technocratic age, it is acceleration. We are making haste. Our computers, our movies, our sex lives, our prayers -- they all run faster now than ever before. And the more we fill our lives with time-saving devices and time-saving strategies... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Social Intelligence
The New Science of Human Relationships
Written by Daniel Goleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 31, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38449-9 (0-553-38449-X)

Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Muy Macho

Written by Ray Gonzalez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47861-8 (0-385-47861-5)

Essays by prize-winning Latino writers describe relationships with wives, lovers, fathers, and sons, and bring readers to new perspectives on Latino men, macho behavior, and their own perceptions of masculinity. Read more >

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Growing Up Absurd
Problems of Youth in the Organized Society
Written by Paul Goodman
Afterword by Susan Sontag
Foreword by Casey Nelson Blake


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-581-1 (1-59017-581-6)

Paul Goodman’s Growing Up Absurd was a runaway best seller when it was first published in 1960, and it became one of the defining texts of the New Left. Goodman was a writer and thinker who broke every mold and did it brilliantly—he was a novelist, poet, and a social theorist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Future
Six Drivers of Global Change
Written by Al Gore


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8289-3 (0-8129-8289-4)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the... Read more >

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Measuring Eternity
The Search for the Beginning of Time
Written by Martin Gorst


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0844-3 (0-7679-0844-9)

The untold story of the religious figures, philosophers, astronomers, geologists, physicists, and mathematicians who, for more than four hundred years, have pursued the answer to a fundamental question at the intersection of science and religion: When did the universe begin?

The moment of the universe's conception is one of science's Holy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Debt
The First 5,000 Years
Written by David Graeber


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-129-4 (1-61219-129-0)

Winner of the Bateson Book Prize awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit... Read more >
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Playing the Whore
The Work of Sex Work
Written by Melissa Gira Grant


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-323-1 (1-78168-323-9)

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers... Read more >
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The Book of the Courtesans
A Catalogue of Their Virtues
Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0451-3 (0-7679-0451-6)

In The Book of the Courtesans, Susan Griffin offers true tales and informative anecdotes from the courtesans’ memoirs to further reveal how these cunning women seized their opportunity to become the West’s first female liberators, free to choose their own lovers and command remarkable respect. Griffin tears away the superficial veneer... Read more >
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The Eros of Everyday Life
Essays on Ecology, Gender and Society
Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47399-6 (0-385-47399-0)

In her collection of essays on the relationship between feminism, science, nature, and the evolution of Western culture, Pulitzer prize finalist Susan Griffin boldly argues that the ways in which society subordinates women are (not accidentally) very similar to the ways in which Western culture attempts to achieve dominion over nature... Read more >

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Divine Utterances
The Performance of Afro-Cuban Santeria
Written by Katherine J. Hagedorn


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-947-9 (1-56098-947-5)

In Divine Utterances, Katherine J. Hagedorn explores the enduring cultural and spiritual power of the music of Afro-Cuban Santería and the process by which it has been transformed for a secular audience. She focuses on the integral connections between sacred music performances and the dramatizations of theatrical troupes, especially the state-sponsored... Read more >

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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Written by Jonathan Haidt


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37790-6 (0-307-37790-3)

Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.

His... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Making Whiteness
The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940
Written by Grace Elizabeth Hale


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77620-8 (0-679-77620-6)

Hale examines the roots of American racial mythology and ideology, showing how, in the wake of Reconstruction and the active citizenship of their ex-slaves, white southerners chose to establish their identity through a cultural system of violence and physical separation based on skin color. This culture of segregation, Hale argues, created... Read more >
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Beyond Culture

Written by Edward T. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 7, 1976
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-12474-4 (0-385-12474-0)

Hall argues that because man does not understand his own culture, he cannot understand other cultures. He proposes that humankind must now embark on the difficult journey beyond cutlure. Using concrete examples ranging from James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake to the mating habits of the bowerbird of New Guinea, Hall takes us... Read more >

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Hidden Differences
Doing Business with the Japanese
Written by Edward T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 18, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-23884-7 (0-385-23884-3)

An analysis and explanation of the unstated rules of Japanese-American business relations. By drawing Western readers into the world in which they must function, the Halls simplify the process of adapting Western ways to a new environment.

“The authors believe that by better understanding Japanese culture, American business people will become... Read more >

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The Hidden Dimension

Written by Edward T. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-08476-5 (0-385-08476-5)

An examination of various cultural concepts of space and how differences among them affect modern society. Introducing the science of "proxemics," Hall demonstrates how man's use of space can affect personal business relations, cross-cultural exchanges, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal. Read more >

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The Silent Language

Written by Edward T. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 3, 1973
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-05549-9 (0-385-05549-8)

Leading anthropologist Hall analyzes the many aspects of non-verbal communication and considers the concepts of space and time as tools for transmission of messages. His stimulating work is of interest to both the intelligent general reader and the sophisticated social scientist. Read more >

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Living with Our Genes
The Groundbreaking Book About the Science of Personality, Behavior, and Genetic Destiny
Written by Dean H. Hamer and Peter Copeland


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 16, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48584-5 (0-385-48584-0)

Nowhere is the nature-nurture controversy being more arduously tested than in the labs of world-rennowned molecular scientist Dean Hamer, whose cutting-edge research has indisputably linked specific genes to behaviorial traits, such as anxiety, thrill-seeking, and homosexuality.

The culmination of that research is the provacative book, Living with Our Genes.  In it, Dr. Hamer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Village Against The World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Hardcover, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-130-5 (1-78168-130-9)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Village Against the World

Written by Dan Hancox


Format: Trade Paperback, 252 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-298-2 (1-78168-298-4)

One hundred kilometers from Seville, there is a small village, Marinaleda, that for the last thirty years has been at the center of a long struggle to create a communist utopia. In a story reminiscent of the Asterix books, Dan Hancox explores the reality behind the community where no one has... Read more >

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Cannibals and Kings
Origins of Cultures
Written by Marvin Harris


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72849-8 (0-679-72849-X)

Harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions. His aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as Darwin accounted for the evolution of biological forms: to show how cultures adopt their characteristic forms in response to changing ecological... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shamans, Sorcerers, and Saints
A Prehistory of Religion
Written by Brian Hayden


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-168-6 (1-58834-168-2)

Historians of art or religion and mythologists, such as Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade, have written extensively on prehistoric religion, but no one before has offered a comprehensive and uniquely archaeological perspective on the subject. Hayden opens his book with an examination of the difference between traditional religions, which are passed... 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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Notes from The Century Before
A Journal from British Columbia
Written by Edward Hoagland
Edited by Jon Krakauer
Introduction by David Quammen


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75943-7 (0-375-75943-3)

In 1966, Edward Hoagland made a three-month excursion into the wild country of British Columbia and encountered a way of life that was disappearing even as he chronicled it. Showcasing Hoagland’s extraordinary gifts for portraiture—his cast runs from salty prospector to trader, explorer, missionary, and indigenous guide—Notes from the Century Before... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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