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The Art of Video Games
From Pac-Man to Mass Effect
Written by Chris Melissinos
Foreword by Elizabeth Broun
Introduction by Mike Mika


Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: March 5, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-110-4 (1-59962-110-X)

This is the story of how video games capture our imaginations and influence our world.

While video games are still a relatively young medium, the industry has seen staggering progress in its forty-year history, both technologically and as an artistic form. The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect... Read more >

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Waiting for the Barbarians
Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture
Written by Daniel Mendelsohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-713-6 (1-59017-713-4)

Finalist for the National Book Award Critics Circle Award and the Pen Art of the Essay Award

Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of BooksThe New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Poison Penmanship
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Written by Jessica Mitford
Preface by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-355-8 (1-59017-355-4)

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Supergods
What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Written by Grant Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8138-4 (0-8129-8138-3)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. They are on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and in our dreams. But what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Underground
The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72580-7 (0-375-72580-6)

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Women of Vision
National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Written by National Geographic
Afterword by Elizabeth Crist
Foreword by Ann Curry
Introduction by Chris Johns


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1272-7 (1-4262-1272-0)

Women photographers have produced many of National Geographic’s most powerful photo-narratives of the past decade. These talented photojournalists are celebrated in this captivating photography book, covering places and subjects around the globe and sharing the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic magazine, with more... Read more >

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The Art of Controversy
Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power
Written by Victor S Navasky


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95720-7 (0-307-95720-9)

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

Written by Joe Nazzaro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: December 1, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-84023-383-4 (1-84023-383-4)

Writers and producers from some of television's most popular science fiction and fantasy shows talk candidly about how they started out, their inspirations and influences, and the reality of creating the incredible and impossible on a daily basis, in a collection of fascinating, in-depth interviews. Read more >

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Being Digital

Written by Nicholas Negroponte


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76290-4 (0-679-76290-6)

Being Digital is both a guide to the present state of our rapidly changing digital age and a map for the future--how our lives will be shaped and enhanced by computer-related technology.  Negroponte--Wired Magazine columnist and founding director of the MIT Media Lab--describes how advancements in computer technology and telecommunications will transform... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Spacefarers
Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight
Edited by Michael J. Neufeld


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-19-9 (1-935623-19-2)

The recent 50th anniversaries of the first human spaceflights by the Soviet Union and the United States, and the 30th anniversary of the launching of the first U.S. Space Shuttle mission, have again brought to mind the pioneering accomplishments of the first quarter century of humans in space. Historians, political scientists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup
My Encounters with Extraordinary People
Written by Susan Orlean


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75863-8 (0-375-75863-1)

Acclaimed New Yorker writer Susan Orlean and author of The Orchid Thief is back with this delightfully entertaining collection of her best and brightest profiles. Orlean brings her wry sensibility, exuberant voice, and peculiar curiosities to a fascinating range of subjects—from the well known (Bill Blass) to the unknown (a typical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of Order
An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media's domination of America's political process
Written by Thomas E. Patterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 2, 1994
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75510-4 (0-679-75510-1)

In this pointed examination of how Americans elect their presidents, Patterson—professor of political science at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University—faults a system that relies upon the news media as chief intermediary between voter and candidate. Because the values of journalism are at odds with the values of politics, Patterson argues... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seven Steps on the Writer's Path
The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment
Written by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott


Format: Trade Paperback, 258 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: June 1, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45110-1 (0-345-45110-4)

The blank page, the impossible deadline, the rush of inspiration: There is no profession more maddening or more rewarding than being a writer. Yet surprisingly, all writers pass through the same sequence of stages in the course of their careers. It was this remarkable insight that inspired veteran authors Nancy Pickard... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Spunk & Bite
A Writer's Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style
Written by Arthur Plotnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Reference
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72227-1 (0-375-72227-0)

When too tightly leashed, writing chokes and loses its vitality. Although the rules of composition popularized in William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s Elements of Style have been de rigueur for decades, they won’t exactly set your writing free.

To the rescue comes Spunk & Bite, a guide to bold and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?
Final Dispatches
Written by Anna Politkovskaya
Translated by Arch Tait


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: March 16, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-40-0 (1-935554-40-9)

A collection of final dispatches by the famed journalist, including the first translation of the work that may have led to her murder

Anna Politkovskaya won international fame for her courageous reporting. Is Journalism Worth Dying For? is a long-awaited collection of her final writing.

Beginning with a brief introduction by the author... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Technopoly
The Surrender of Culture to Technology
Written by Neil Postman


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74540-2 (0-679-74540-8)

Postman examines the American fixation with technology and argues that the United States is in danger of becoming a  technopoly,  a system in which technology of every kind is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life, and becomes self-justifying, self-perpetuating, and omnipresent.  Postman traces the historical movement of technology from being a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life Stories
Profiles from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75751-8 (0-375-75751-1)

One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker has met this challenge more successfully and more originally than any other modern American journal. It has indelibly shaped the genre known as the Profile. Starting with light-fantastic evocations of glamorous and idiosyncratic figures of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Wonderful Town
New York Stories from The New Yorker
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 1, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75752-5 (0-375-75752-X)

New York City is not only The New Yorker's place of origin and its sensibility's lifeblood; it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town collects superb short fiction by many of the magazine's and this country's most accomplished writers. Like all good fiction, these stories take particular places, particular... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Zen and Now
On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Written by Mark Richardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39069-1 (0-307-39069-1)

Part travelogue, part meditation on an author and his work, Zen and Now is a tribute to a beloved American book and the landscape that inspired it.

Since it was first published in 1974, Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has become a modern classic, a beautifully constructed blend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Place of Justice
A Story of Punishment and Redemption
Written by Wilbert Rideau


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27730-5 (0-307-27730-5)

Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in prison, delivers a remarkable memoir of crime, punishment, and ultimate triumph.

After killing a bank teller in a moment of panic during a botched robbery, Wilbert Rideau was sentenced to death at the age of nineteen. He spent several years on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film

Written by Brian J. Robb


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: July 1, 2006
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84023-968-3 (1-84023-968-9)

From Blade Runner to A Scanner Darkly, via Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, Paycheck and Minority Report, the legacy of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick has revolutionized Hollywood.

Counterfeit Worlds is the definitive history of all the adaptations of Dick's work, not only the films but also TV series, radio plays... Read more >

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Joseph Anton
A Memoir
Written by Salman Rushdie


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8260-2 (0-8129-8260-6)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
San Francisco Chronicle • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • The Seattle Times • The Economist • Kansas City Star • BookPage

On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death”... Read more >

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Media Virus!

Written by Douglas Rushkoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 6, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39774-4 (0-345-39774-6)

Media Virus examines the ways in which popular media manipulate those exposed to them, and are manipulated by those who know how to tap into their power. Rushkoff shows that where there's a wavelength, there's a way to "infect" those on it--from the subtly, but intentionally, subversive signals broadcast by... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Untruth
Why the Conventional Wisdom Is (Almost Always) Wrong
Written by Robert J. Samuelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: AtRandom
On Sale: March 6, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9164-2 (0-8129-9164-8)

In Untruth, Newsweek and Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson explains why our political, economic and cultural debates so routinely traffic in misinformation—popular fads that, like meteors, momentarily burn brightly in public consciousness and then fizzle out. Advocacy groups, politicians and their unwitting allies in the media instinctively create agendas of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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