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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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Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil
My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society
Written by Inga Muscio

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-520-3 (1-60980-520-8)

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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No Shame in My Game
The Working Poor in the Inner City
Written by Katherine S. Newman

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70379-9 (0-375-70379-9)

An anthropologist's view of inner-city poverty which radically differs from the picture we get of the poor in the media, in the political sphere, and in scholarly studies.

In No Shame in My Game, anthropologist Katherine Newman presents a view of inner-city poverty radically different from that commonly accepted. The all-too-prevalent picture... Read more >
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From the Ground Up
A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation
Written by Jeanne Nolan
Foreword by Alice Waters

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9299-1 (0-8129-9299-7)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a... Read more >
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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
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Museums, Objects, and Collections
A Cultural Study
Written by Susan Pearce

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1993
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-330-9 (1-56098-330-2)

This book examines the historical context of museums, their collections, and the objects that form them. Susan M. Pearce probes the psychological and social reasons that people collect and identifies three modes of collecting: collecting as souvenirs, as fetishes, and as systematic assemblages. She considers how museum professionals set policies of... Read more >

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The Naked Olympics
The True Story of the Ancient Games
Written by Tony Perrottet

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6991-7 (0-8129-6991-X)

"The Naked Olympics presents the Greeks in all their glory, brutality, and vulgarity. It is a fascinating picture and popular history at its best."
--Norman Cantor, Professor Emeritus, New York University, and author of Antiquity: The Civilization of the Ancient World

Tony Perrottet delves into the ancient world and brings erudition and... Read more >
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The Botany of Desire
A Plant's-Eye View of the World
Written by Michael Pollan

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 28, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76039-6 (0-375-76039-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Chaffey College

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers’ genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated... Read more >
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Long Life, Honey in the Heart

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 20, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-538-6 (1-55643-538-X)

Martín Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and... Read more >

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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel

Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-587-4 (1-55643-587-8)

Following the acclaimed Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, this is an expansive, lyrical novel in the tradition of indigenous oral storytelling. Based on the author's many years of living in a Guatemalan village, Stealing Benefacio's Roses interweaves dramatic recountings of village life and the... Read more >
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The Boston Italians
A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day
Written by Steve Puleo

Format: Trade Paperback, 344 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2008
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5037-8 (0-8070-5037-7)

In this lively and engaging history, Stephen Puleo tells the story of the Boston Italians from their earliest years, when a largely illiterate and impoverished people in a strange land recreated the bonds of village and region in the cramped quarters of the North End. Focusing on this first and crucial... Read more >
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Ecology, Meaning, and Religion

Written by Roy A. Rappaport

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: February 3, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-938190-27-1 (0-938190-27-X)

"While many anthropologists of various epistemological persuasions would perhaps dismiss such topics as the business of priests rather than of scientists, Rappaport correctly perceives that the problem of man's religious consciousness is not only a legitimate object of anthropological study, it might well be the most critical test to which any... Read more >

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The Archaeology of Global Change
The Impact of Humans on Their Environment
Edited by Charles L. Redman, Steven R. James, Paul Fish and J. Daniel Rogers

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-172-3 (1-58834-172-0)

Is humankind on a fast track to self-destruction? Can society develop ways to live in concert with the environment? Are our environmental problems as grave as they seem? The included essays address these issues and much more.

International scientists offer empirical case studies of prehistoric human-ecosystem relationships–some of short-term exploitation, others of... Read more >

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Confucius Lives Next Door
What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West
Written by T.R. Reid

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77760-1 (0-679-77760-1)

Those who've heard T. R. Reid's weekly commentary on National Public Radio or read his far-flung reporting in National Geographic or  The Washington Post know him to be trenchant, funny, and cutting-edge, but also erudite and deeply grounded in whatever subject he's discussing. In Confucius Lives Next Door he brings... Read more >
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Second Suns
Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
Written by David Oliver Relin

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6925-5 (1-4000-6925-4)

From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors—one from the United States, the other from Nepal—united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.

In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Written by William C. Rhoden

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6 (0-307-35314-1)

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >
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Distant Neighbors
A Portrait of the Mexicans
Written by Alan Riding

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72441-4 (0-679-72441-9)

"This book at long last provides general reader and policymaker alike with the necessary background for understanding Mexico and its present predicament."--Robert S. Leiken, front page, The Washington Post Book World

"A book that has been long in coming.  There is nothing quite like it.  It should teach North Americans much about the complexity... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black on White
Black Writers on What It Means to Be White
Written by David R. Roediger

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 9, 1999
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1114-6 (0-8052-1114-4)

In this thought-provoking volume, David R. Roediger has brought together some of the most important black writers throughout history to explore the question: What does it really mean to be white in America?

From folktales and slave narratives to contemporary essays, poetry, and fiction, black writers have long been among America's keenest... Read more >
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Culture & Truth
The Remaking of Social Analysis
Written by Renato Rosaldo

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1993
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4623-4 (0-8070-4623-X)

Exposing the inadequacies of old conceptions of static cultures and detached observers, the book argues instead for social science to acknowledge and celebrate diversity, narrative, emotion, and subjectivity. Read more >

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Living Shrines of Uyghur China
Photographs by Lisa Ross
Written by Lisa Ross

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-350-6 (1-58093-350-5)

Lisa Ross’s ethereal photographs of Islamic holy sites were created over the course of a decade on journeys to China’s Xinjiang region in Central Asia, historically a cultural crossroads but an area to which artists and researchers have generally been denied access since its annexation in 1949. These monumental images show... Read more >

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Death, Trust and Society
Mapping Religion and Culture
Written by Lionel Rothkrug

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 1, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-551-5 (1-55643-551-7)

Lionel Rothkrug made his name 25 years ago by theorizing that just as a human personality is defined by how an individual organizes his or her powers to behave, so a society acquires personality in the exercise of its organizational powers. Death, Trust and Society revisits and expands on this concept... Read more >

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The Pursuit of Perfection
The Promise and Perils of Medical Enchancement
Written by Sheila Rothman and David Rothman

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75835-8 (0-679-75835-6)

What does it mean to live in a time when medical science can not only cure the human body but also reshape it? How should we as individuals and as a society respond to new drugs and genetic technologies? Sheila and David Rothman address these troubling questions with a singular blend... Read more >
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Colonial Encounters in a Native American Landscape
The Spanish and Dutch in North America
Written by Nan A. Rothschild

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-138-9 (1-58834-138-0)

A unique comparative study of colonial encounters between the Spanish in New Mexico and the Dutch in New York.

Nan A. Rothschild examines the process of colonialism in two separate areas of 17th-century North America seeking to answer several key questions: Where did each group live vis-à-vis the other? How entangled were... Read more >

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Sexism and God Talk
Toward a Feminist Theology
Written by Rosemary R. Ruether

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1993
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1205-5 (0-8070-1205-X)

“By the time Ruether finishes, systematic theology has undergone a radical critique from which it emerges transformed rather than simply modified or totally rejected. She has constructed a full-fledged feminist theology-the first within a Christian context.” -The New York Times Book Review
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Juan Rulfo's Mexico

Photographed by Juan Rulfo
Translated by Carlos Fuentes and Margot Glantz

Format: Hardcover, 223 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-097-9 (1-58834-097-X)

Juan Rulfo was one of the great literary innovators of the twentieth century. His 1955 novel Pedro Páramo is considered one of the foundational classics of magic realism, predating One Hundred Years of Solitude by more than a decade. Lesser known are his haunting photographs of Mexico, which exhibit remarkable parallels... Read more >
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