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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27727-5 (0-307-27727-5)

A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.

Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26479-4 (0-307-26479-3)

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals? How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being and sustain that belief in an environment of overwhelming skepticism? T. M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist trained in psychology and the acclaimed author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Travels with a Tangerine
From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler
Written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Illustrated by Martin Yeoman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7164-4 (0-8129-7164-7)

In 1325, the great Arab traveler Ibn Battutah set out from his native Tangier in North Africa on pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned nearly thirty years later, he had seen most of the known world, covering three times the distance allegedly traveled by the great Venetian explorer Marco... Read more >

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Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror
Written by Mahmood Mamdani


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 21, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51537-5 (0-385-51537-5)

In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen?

Mamdani dispels the idea of “good” (secular, westernized) and “bad” (premodern, fanatical) Muslims... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1491 (Second Edition)
New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Written by Charles C. Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3205-1 (1-4000-3205-9)

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

In the last twenty years, archeologists and anthropologists equipped with a battery of new scientific techniques have made far-reaching discoveries that have completely changed their understanding... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Woman in the Body
A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction
Written by Emily Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2001
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4645-6 (0-8070-4645-0)

A bold reappraisal of science and society, The Woman in the Body explores the different ways that women’s reproduction is seen in American culture. Contrasting the views of medical science with those of ordinary women from diverse social and economic backgrounds, anthropologist Emily Martin presents unique fieldwork on American culture and... Read more >

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Living Santerķa
Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Written by Michael Atwood Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-077-1 (1-58834-077-5)

In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santería religion. Since then he has created an active oricha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his... Read more >

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Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Written by Christopher McDougall


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27918-7 (0-307-27918-9)

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians of have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, Chris McDougall sets out to... Read more >

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Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Written by Christopher McDougall


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 5, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26630-9 (0-307-26630-3)

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance... Read more >

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Word Spy
The Word Lover's Guide to Modern Culture
Written by Paul McFedries


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 17, 2004
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1466-6 (0-7679-1466-X)

"...impressively wide-ranging, featuring neologisms drawn from English newspapers and magazines around the world as well as from fiction, nonfiction, and popular music." —Library Journal

Language wears many hats, but its most important job is to help us name or describe what's in the world. Words define us, our actions, even our existence.... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Radical Cities
Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
Written by Justin McGuirk


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-280-7 (1-78168-280-1)

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving.

Ever since the mid twentieth century, when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Venus Blueprint
Uncovering the Ancient Science of Sacred Spaces
Written by Richard Merrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-538-4 (1-58394-538-5)

In 2010, Richard Merrick took a family trip to Scotland’s Rosslyn chapel–the enigmatic fifteenth-century temple made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Little did he know he was about to embark upon an intellectual and personal journey that would lead to the discovery of a real-life lost symbol–one that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voodoo in Haiti

Written by Alfred Metraux


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 29, 1989
Price: $15.96
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0894-8 (0-8052-0894-1)

By one of the most distinguished anthropologists of the twentieth century, Voodoo in Haiti is a masterwork of observation and description of the lives and rituals of the Haitian mambos and adepts, and of the history and origins of their religion. It is an accurate and engaging account of one of... Read more >

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Why We Hate Us
American Discontent in the New Millennium
Written by Dick Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40663-7 (0-307-40663-6)

"Dick Meyer has done the impossible -- he diagnoses the self-loathing, moral confusion and ennui that infect supersized America without hectoring us and badgering us, and without tiresome self-righteousness or smugness. Why We Hate Us takes us on a rollicking, laugh-out-loud ride across the brittle American landscape, and by 'us' I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mating Mind
How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
Written by Geoffrey Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49517-2 (0-385-49517-X)

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer.

Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the traits that make us human. Scientists have traditionally explained these qualities as merely a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How I Learned English
55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life
Written by Tom Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0097-7 (1-4262-0097-8)

All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino—and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve... Read more >

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The Birth of African-American Culture
An Anthropological Perspective
Written by Sidney Wilfred Mintz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0917-8 (0-8070-0917-2)

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

“A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like.” -Albert J. Raboteau Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Brain Sex
The Real Difference Between Men and Women
Written by Anne Moir, Ph.D. and David Jessel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31183-0 (0-385-31183-4)

Brain Sex explains how the physiological differences in the male and female brain affect every aspect of our behavior. Anne Moir and David Jessel show the many ways in which the two genders' brains differ and how these differences in turn result in emotional, intellectual, and psychological differences in males and... Read more >

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And If I Perish
Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
Written by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3129-0 (1-4000-3129-X)

In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and 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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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6980-4 (1-4000-6980-7)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the fascinating story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. In Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss demonstrates how... Read more >

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Early Home Computers

Written by Kevin Murrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1216-6 (0-7478-1216-0)

This is the story of the people and machines that revolutionized the world and made personal computers an integral part of every home. For the typical family in the 1960s and 1970s, computers were both fascinating and frightening, but largely a mystery. Developments in microelectronics in the early 1970s meant that... Read more >
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