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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 >

A Scattered People

Written by Gerald McFarland


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82821-7 (0-307-82821-2)

The movement of millions of ordinary people westward across the American continent was one of the great folk migrations of all time, stretching over two centuries and thousands of hard-traveled miles. Using a canvas as broad as the country itself, Gerald McFarland turns this journey into a resonant personal experience by... Read more >

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Prophetic Encounters
Religion and the American Radical Tradition
Written by Dan McKanan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1315-1 (0-8070-1315-3)

A broad, definitive history of the profound relationship between religion and movements for social change in America.

Though not well-remembered today, the United States has always had an active religious left. In Prophetic Encounters, Dan McKanan shows that encounters between people of different perspectives, races, and classes have been transformative for centuries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West
Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure
Introduction by James C. McNutt


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0956-7 (1-4262-0956-8)

The Wild West is perhaps the most enduring of American myths, but the reality is even more compelling. It’s a magical place of extraordinary people, exciting events, and stunning scenery--big sky, wide-open spaces, epic grandeur, and pristine wilderness. National Geographic brings together award-winning photographers to capture this outsized land of majestic... Read more >

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American Gospel
God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 20, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7666-3 (0-8129-7666-5)

The American Gospel–literally, the good news about America–is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Hardcover, 800 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6766-4 (1-4000-6766-9)

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of... Read more >

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How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns
Written by Wendy Melillo


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-393-2 (1-58834-393-6)

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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American Rust
A Novel
Written by Philipp Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52752-1 (0-385-52752-7)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book

Set in a beautiful but economically devastated Pennsylvania steel town, American Rust is a novel of the lost American dream and the desperation—as well as the acts of friendship, loyalty, and love—that arise from its loss. From local bars to trainyards to prison, it is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2971-4 (0-7679-2971-3)

The extraordinary New York Times-bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.

For a man forced into the presidency, the legacy of James Garfield extended far beyond his... Read more >

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Destiny of the Republic
A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Written by Candice Millard


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52626-5 (0-385-52626-1)

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political... Read more >

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The President and the Assassin
McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century
Written by Scott Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7928-2 (0-8129-7928-1)

In 1901, as America tallied its gains from a period of unprecedented imperial expansion, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s confidence. The shocking murder of President William McKinley threw into stark relief the emerging new world order of what would come to be known as the American Century. The President and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Farmer
The Heart of Our Country
Text by Katrina Fried
Photographed by Paul Mobley


Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: May 13, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-129-6 (1-59962-129-0)

Unprecedented in scale, quality and design, The American Farmer is the first visual book to celebrate the iconic men and women whose lives and legacies are at the heart of The U.S.’s cultural identity. In the narrative spirit of Studs Terkel’s Working, author Katrina Fried and photographer Paul Mobley showcase more... Read more >

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School
The Story of American Public Education
Edited by Sarah Mondale


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 16, 2002
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4221-2 (0-8070-4221-8)

Esteemed historians of education David Tyack, Carl Kaestle, Diane Ravitch, James Anderson, and Larry Cuban journey through history and across the nation to recapture the idealism of our education pioneers, Thomas Jefferson and Horace Mann. We learn how, in the first quarter of the twentieth century, massive immigration, child labor laws... Read more >

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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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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52819-1 (0-385-52819-1)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)


Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to... Read more >

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8219-0 (0-8129-8219-3)

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

Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It... Read more >

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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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Scurlock Studio and Black Washington, The
Picturing the Promise
Edited by National Museum African American History


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 7, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-262-1 (1-58834-262-X)

Nearly a century/s worth of Scurlock photographs combine to form a searing portrait of black Washington in all its guises–its challenges and its victories, its dignity and its determination. Beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing into the 1990s, Addison Scurlock, followed by his sons, Robert and George, used their... Read more >

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Enrique's Journey

Written by Sonia Nazario


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7178-1 (0-8129-7178-7)

Common Reading Programs that have selected Enrique’s Journey:

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Indiana University, Kokomo, IN
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Southwestern College, Chula Vista, CA
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR
Edgewood College... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Market Sentiments
Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Written by Elizabeth White Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-290-4 (1-58834-290-5)

In this brilliant study, Elizabeth White Nelson challenges a central tenet of 19th-century American history: namely, that men and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this theory on its head, arguing that the market... Read more >

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A Nation of Deadbeats
An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters
Written by Scott Reynolds Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47432-2 (0-307-47432-1)

Pundits will argue that the 2008 financial crisis was the first crash in American history driven by consumer debt. But in this spirited, highly engaging account, Scott Reynolds Nelson demonstrates that consumer debt has underpinned almost every major financial panic in the nation’s history. From William Duer’s attempts to profit off... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Up Against the Wall Motherf**er
A Memoir of the '60s, with Notes for Next Time
Written by Osha Neumann


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-849-4 (1-58322-849-7)

They called themselves the Motherfuckers; others called them a “street gang with an analysis.” Osha Neumann’s thoughtful, funny, and honest account of his part in ‘60s counterculture is also an unflinching look at what all that rebellion of the past means today. The fast moving story follows the establishment of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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