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Inventing New England
Regional Tourism in the Nineteenth Century
Written by Dona Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-799-4 (1-56098-799-5)

Quaint, charming, nostalgic New England: rustic fishing villages, romantic seaside cottages, breathtaking mountain vistas, peaceful rural settings. In Inventing New England, Dona Brown traces the creation of these calendar-page images and describes how tourism as a business emerged and came to shape the landscape, economy, and culture of a region.

By the... Read more >
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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1941-8 (0-7679-1941-6)

A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy Book
A GoodReads Reader's Choice

The summer of 1927 began with Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was closing in on the home run record. In Newark, New Jersey, Alvin “Shipwreck” Kelly sat atop a flagpole for twelve days, and in Chicago, the gangster Al Capone was... Read more >

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One Summer
America, 1927
Written by Bill Bryson


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1940-1 (0-7679-1940-8)

In One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man... Read more >

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Condoleezza Rice: An American Life
A Biography
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 13, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7713-4 (0-8129-7713-0)

Condoleezza Rice, one of the most powerful and controversial women in the world, has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W... Read more >
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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
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Hollowing Out the Middle
The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Written by Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0614-6 (0-8070-0614-9)

In 2001, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to understand the rural brain drain and the exodus of young people from America’s countryside. Articles and books–notably Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class–celebrate the migration of highly productive and... Read more >
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Uncle Tom or New Negro?
African Americans Reflect on Booker T. Washington and UP FROM SLAVERY 100 Years Later
Written by Rebecca Carroll


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1955-5 (0-7679-1955-6)

Includes Washington’s classic memoir Up from Slavery

On the ninetieth anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s death comes a passionate, provocative dialogue on his complicated legacy, including the complete text of his classic autobiography, Up from Slavery.

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1858, yet roughly forty years later he had established... Read more >
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Such Sweet Thunder
A Novel
Written by Vincent O. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58195-217-9 (1-58195-217-1)

This unique and compelling novel deserves a place of prominence in American literature. Completed in 1963, read and widely admired in manuscript by a network of expatriate American artists strung across Europe, it was never published during Vincent Carter’s lifetime. In 2003, Steerforth Press published the text in its entirety, knowing... Read more >
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Devil's Night
And Other True Tales of Detroit
Written by Ze'ev Chafets


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7140-3 (0-8041-7140-8)

A New York Times Notable Book

On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the “Murder Capital of America” often seems lit by those same fires. But as a... Read more >
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Waking from the Dream
The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written by David L. Chappell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6546-2 (1-4000-6546-1)

The author of A Stone of Hope, called “one of the three or four most important books on the civil rights movement” by The Atlantic Monthly, turns his attention to the years after Martin Luther King’s assassination—and provides a sweeping history of the struggle to keep the civil rights movement alive... Read more >
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Titan
The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
Written by Ron Chernow


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7730-4 (1-4000-7730-3)

John D. Rockefeller, Sr.—history’s first billionaire and the patriarch of America’s most famous dynasty—is an icon whose true nature has eluded three generations of historians. Now Ron Chernow, the National Book Award-winning biographer of the Morgan and Warburg banking families, gives us a history of the mogul “etched with uncommon objectivity... Read more >
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Norman Rockwell
A Life
Written by Laura Claridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 25, 2003
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6723-4 (0-8129-6723-2)

“[An] excellent and thorough new biography.” —Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

Norman Rockwell’s hundreds of memorable covers for The Saturday Evening Post made him a twentieth-century American icon. However, because of the very popularity of his idealized depictions of middle-class life, his more serious paintings have been largely ignored, and he... Read more >
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Living In, Living Out
African American Domestics in Washington, D.C., 1910-1940
Written by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-286-7 (1-58834-286-7)

This oral history portrays the lives of African American women who migrated from the rural South to work as domestic servants in Washington, DC in the early decades of the twentieth century. In Living In, Living Out, Elizabeth Clark-Lewis narrates the personal experiences of eighty-one women who worked for wealthy white... Read more >
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Tupperware
The Promise of Plastic in 1950's America
Written by Alison J. Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-920-2 (1-56098-920-3)

From Wonder Bowls to Ice-Tup molds to Party Susans, Tupperware has become an icon of suburban living. Tracing the fortunes of Earl Tupper’s polyethylene containers from early design to global distribution, Alison J. Clarke explains how Tupperware tapped into potent commercial and social forces, becoming a prevailing symbol of late twentieth-century... Read more >
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Made in Detroit

Written by Paul Clemens


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7596-6 (1-4000-7596-3)

A New York Times Notable Book

A powerfully candid memoir about growing up white in Detroit and the conflicted point of view it produced.

Raised in Detroit during the '70s, '80s, and '90s, Paul Clemens saw his family growing steadily isolated from its surroundings: white in a predominately black city, Catholic in an... Read more >
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Punching Out
One Year in a Closing Auto Plant
Written by Paul Clemens


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2693-5 (0-7679-2693-5)

An elegy—angry, funny, and powerfully detailed—about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life.

How does a country dismantle a century’s worth of its industrial heritage? To answer that question, Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of America’s most potent symbols: a Detroit... Read more >
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Back to Work
Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Written by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95975-1 (0-307-95975-9)

President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring energyeconomic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy , job creation, and financial responsibility and offering a plan to get us “back... Read more >

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A Consumers' Republic
The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Written by Lizabeth Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70737-7 (0-375-70737-9)

The three decades after World War II are often heralded as a “Golden Era” of American affluence. But as Lizabeth Cohen makes clear, the pursuit of prosperity defined much more than the nation’s economy; it also became a basic component of American citizenship. Consumers were encouraged to buy not just for... Read more >
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Translating America
An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, 1890-1920
Written by Peter Conolly-Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-287-4 (1-58834-287-5)

At the turn of the century, New York City’s Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World... Read more >

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City of Quartz
Excavating the Future in Los Angeles
Written by Mike Davis
Photographed by Robert Morrow


Format: Trade Paperback, 441 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: September 17, 2006
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-568-5 (1-84467-568-8)

No metropolis has been more loved or more hated. To its official boosters, “Los Angeles brings it all together.” To detractors, LA is a sunlit mortuary where “you can rot without feeling it.” To Mike Davis, the author of this fiercely elegant and wide-ranging work of social history, Los Angeles is... Read more >
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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
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Democracy in America, Vol. 1

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72825-2 (0-679-72825-2)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country’s prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy—a study that embraces America’s history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Democracy in America, Vol. 2

Written by Alexis De Tocqueville


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72826-9 (0-679-72826-0)

In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville traveled through the United States to investigate the country's prison system. Instead, he wrote this study of democracy in its infancy--a study that embraces America's history, geography, politics, legal system, economy, and culture. Here are glimpses of a vanished America, from town meetings in New England... Read more >

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Letters from Nuremberg
My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice
Written by Christopher Dodd


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 25, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38117-0 (0-307-38117-X)

For some sixty years, the Nuremberg trials have demonstrated the resolve of the United States and its fellow Allied victors of the Second World War to uphold the principles of dispassionate justice and the rule of law even when cries of vengeance threatened to carry the day. In the summer of... Read more >
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