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Amusement Parks

Written by Jim Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1209-8 (0-7478-1209-8)

America’s amusement industry emerged from simple swimming ponds, family picnic areas, and community gathering spots. Although the first major entrepreneurial-driven amusement resort, known as Jones Woods, grew from the banks of New York’s East River in the 1800s, the Golden Age of American amusement parks began with the mid-1800s development of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Engines of Change
The American Industrial Revolution, 1790-1860
Written by Brooke Hindle and Stephen Lubar


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1986
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-87474-539-9 (0-87474-539-X)

Engines of Change is based on a Smithsonian Institution exhibit of the same title. The principal theme is the importance of technological transfer. It ventures beyond discussion of machines and tools to consider the effects of geographical dimension, natural resources, business practices, the role of women, ethnic diversity, and education. In... Read more >

Campus Life

Written by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82969-6 (0-307-82969-3)

Every generation of college students, no matter how different from its predecessor, has been an enigma to faculty and administration, to parents, and to society in general. Watching today’s students “holding themselves in because they had to get A’s not only on tests but on deans’ reports and recommendations,” Helen Lefkowitz... Read more >

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Occult America
White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Written by Mitch Horowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38515-1 (0-553-38515-1)

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often... Read more >
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American Visions
The Epic History of Art in America
Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 648 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 9, 1999
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70365-2 (0-375-70365-9)

Writing with all the brilliance, authority, and pungent wit that have distinguished his art criticism for Time and his greatly acclaimed study of modern art, The Shock of the New, Robert Hughes now addresses his largest subject: the history of art in America.

The intense relationship between the American people and... Read more >

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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Raising America
Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children
Written by Ann Hulbert


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70122-1 (0-375-70122-2)

In this probing inquiry into America’s preoccupation with raising children, Ann Hulbert blends biography and critical analysis to probe the personal dramas, the scientific claims, and the social visions of a succession of experts who during the twentieth century aimed to make a science of child rearing. She describes how these... Read more >
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Crash Course
The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout-and Beyond
Written by Paul Ingrassia


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8075-2 (0-8129-8075-1)

With an updated Afterword by the author

This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy... Read more >
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More Than a Game

Written by Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 3, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-060-3 (1-58322-060-7)

More than a Game is the odyssey of Jackson’s journey–from New York Knick and world champion, to CBA coach, to six-time Chicago Bulls world champion, to this year’s L.A. Lakers world champion–and the lessons in leadership he learned each step of the way. It is the tale of Rosen’s journey as... Read more >
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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Bananas
An American History
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-966-0 (1-56098-966-1)

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation’s culture and folklore... Read more >

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The Lawn
A History of an American Obsession
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-406-1 (1-56098-406-6)

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front... Read more >

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Tex Johnston
Jet-Age Test Pilot
Written by A. M. "Tex" Johnston


Format: Trade Paperback, 274 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-931-8 (1-56098-931-9)

One of America’s most daring and accomplished test pilots, Tex Johnston flew the first US jet airplanes and, in a career spanning the 1930s through the 1970s, helped create the jet age at such pioneering aerospace companies as Bell Aircraft and Boeing.

“There seem to be two Tex Johnstons: the one who... Read more >
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Real Common Sense

Written by Brian Kahn


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-126-7 (1-60980-126-1)

America’s extreme Right falsely claims the Founding Fathers as allies for their radical agenda. Pundit Glenn Beck has gone so far as to use the title of Tom Paine’s famous 1776 pamphlet Common Sense for his own book–a book that attacks the political, social and economic rights which Paine and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Blindspot
A Novel
Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and distinguished historians, Blindspot is at once history and fiction, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hide/Seek
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Written by Jonathan D. Katz and David C. Ward


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-299-7 (1-58834-299-9)

*2011 ALA Stonewall Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award
*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the companion book to the first major museum exhibition in American history to focus on lesbian and gay art and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present... Read more >

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Hooked!
Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
Edited by Stephanie Kaza


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-172-2 (1-59030-172-2)

According to the contributors to this unique anthology, Buddhism can shed valuable light on humanity's compulsion to consume. Craving and attachment—how they arise and how to free ourselves of them—are central themes of Buddhist thought. The writings in this volume, most of which have never been previously published, offer fresh perspectives... Read more >

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Orange Is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52339-4 (0-385-52339-4)

Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Morning Miracle
Inside the Washington Post The Fight to Keep a Great Newspaper Alive
Written by Dave Kindred


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2814-4 (0-7679-2814-8)

An in-depth look at the Washington Post from a Pulitzer Prize—nominated Post veteran. Morning Miracle definitively answers the question “Do newspapers still matter?” with a resounding yes.

What The Kingdom and the Power did for the New York Times, Morning Miracle will do for the Washington Post. A reporter for more than... Read more >
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Pilgrim's Wilderness
A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Written by Tom Kizzia


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58782-4 (0-307-58782-7)

When Papa Pilgrim appeared in the Alaska frontier outpost of McCarthy with his wife and fifteen children in tow, his new neighbors had little idea of the trouble to come. The Pilgrim Family presented themselves as a shining example of the homespun Christian ideal, with their proud piety and beautiful old-timey... Read more >

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Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3061-3 (1-4000-3061-7)

“The definitive account...of the struggle for black equality in America.” —The Nation


The 1954 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas) brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to an end. It was and is without question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Skies Belong to Us
Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking
Written by Brendan I. Koerner


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88610-1 (0-307-88610-7)

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

In this compelling blend of true crime and history, Brendan I. Koerner tells the forgotten story of the hijacking "epidemic" in the United States during the late 1960s to mid-1970s. Covering dozens of hijackings during this period, the author focuses on one particular case... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Abraham Lincoln's Extraordinary Era
The Man and His Times
Written by Karen Kostyal
Foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0328-2 (1-4262-0328-4)

This handsomely illustrated volume commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday and gives rare insight into the President who shook the world—and whose words and example endure today in nations from Siberia to Mexico to Pakistan. This is the official book of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield, Illinois... Read more >

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Letters to a Young Teacher

Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39372-2 (0-307-39372-0)

“What a wonderful book! Anyone who cares about rebuilding our public education system should read it. I could not put it down!”
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a teacher today. The truth about... Read more >
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