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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Written by Bryan Stevenson

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9452-0 (0-8129-9452-3)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Read more >

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Names on the Land
A Historical Account of Place-Naming in the United States
Written by George R. Stewart
Introduction by Matt Weiland

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: July 1, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-273-5 (1-59017-273-6)

This beloved classic about place-naming in the United States was written during World War II in a conscious effort to pay tribute to the heritage of the nation’s peoples. George R. Stewart’s love of the surprising story, and his focus not just on language but on how people interact with their... Read more >

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The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver
Written by Scott Stossel

Format: Hardcover, 704 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-1-58834-127-3 (1-58834-127-5)

Working for four presidents over six decades, R. Sargent “Sarge” Shriver founded the Peace Corps, launched the War on Poverty, created Head Start and Legal Services for the Poor, started the Special Olympics, and served as ambassador to France. Yet from the moment he married Joseph P. Kennedy’s daughter Eunice in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Making of the American Mass Market
Written by Susan Strasser

Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-146-4 (1-58834-146-1)

This sweeping history provides the reader with a better understanding of America’s consumer society, obsession with shopping, and devotion to brands. Focusing on the advertising campaigns of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Wrigley’s, Gillette, and Kodak, Strasser shows how companies created both national brands and national markets. These new brands eventually displaced generic manufacturers... Read more >

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The Eleventh Day
The Full Story of 9/11
Written by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 14, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7809-4 (0-8129-7809-9)


Writing with access to thousands of recently released official documents, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and reflection, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan deliver the first panoramic, authoritative look back at 9/11.

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Culture as History
The Transformation of American Society in the Twentieth Century
Written by Warren I. Susman

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-051-1 (1-58834-051-1)

With amazing creativity, clarity, and wit, Warren Susman (1927-1985) takes us on a provocative tour of the highlights of American culture. By looking at all types of 20th-century culture–highbrow, lowbrow, and middlebrow–Susman shows how culture itself has become a battleground for competing visions of American life. Fourteen essays include such topics... Read more >

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Unto the Sons

Written by Gay Talese

Format: Trade Paperback, 594 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 25, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7606-9 (0-8129-7606-1)

Gay Talese, one of America's greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family's emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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War Games
Inside the World of Twentieth-Century War Reenactors
Written by Jenny Thompson

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-280-5 (1-58834-280-8)

D-Day with beach umbrellas in the distance? Troops ordering ice cream? American and German forces celebrating Christmas together in the barracks? This could only be the curious world of 20th-century war reenactors. A relatively recent and rapidly expanding phenomenon, reenactments in the United States of World War I, World War II... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ghost Towns
Lost Cities of the Old West
Written by Clint Thomsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1085-8 (0-7478-1085-0)

Tombstone, Bodie, St. Elmo, Silver City. These are some of the enduring legends of the Old West- ghost towns and mining camps that dot America’s landscape and color the history of the country. Literally thousands of ghost towns are scattered throughout the West, with some states boasting hundreds of these abandoned... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College

A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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Mark Twain's Other Woman
The Hidden Story of His Final Years
Written by Laura Skandera Trombley

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47494-0 (0-307-47494-1)

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.

For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White’s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Life and Times of an American Legend
Written by Larry Tye

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7797-4 (0-8129-7797-1)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Blood Done Sign My Name
A True Story
Written by Timothy B. Tyson

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 3, 2005
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8311-4 (1-4000-8311-7)

A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Winner, Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007

On December 1, 2006, Timothy B. Tyson received the Grawemeyer Award for Religion 2007 from officials at the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tyson is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, his... Read more >

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Hands of My Father
A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
Written by Myron Uhlberg

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80688-5 (0-553-80688-2)

By turns heart-tugging and hilarious, Myron Uhlberg’s memoir tells the story of growing up as the hearing son of deaf parents—and his life in a world that he found unaccountably beautiful, even as he longed to escape it.

“Does sound have rhythm?” my father asked. “Does it rise and fall like the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Man Without a Country

Written by Kurt Vonnegut
Edited by Daniel Simon

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 6, 2005
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-713-8 (1-58322-713-X)

A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life (“If I die–God forbid–I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?’”), art (“To practice any art, no matter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Written by Gayle Wald

Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7 (0-8070-0985-7)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age... Read more >

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Medical Apartheid
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Written by Harriet A. Washington

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1547-2 (0-7679-1547-X)

Winner, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
Pen Oakland-Josephine Miles 17th Annual National Literary Award
Honor Book, Black Caucus of The American Library Association
2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

Medical Apartheid
is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A History of the FBI
Written by Tim Weiner

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7923-7 (0-8129-7923-0)

Enemies is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Praise for Enemies:
“Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Tim Weiner has written a riveting inside account of the FBI’s secret machinations that goes... Read more >

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The Surprising Power of Family Meals
How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Healthier and Happier
Written by Miriam Weinstein

Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: September 5, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-58642-113-7 (1-58642-113-1)

The Surprising Power of Family Meals is the first book to take a complete look at a ritual that was virtually universal a generation ago but has undergone a striking transformation. No longer honored by society as a time of day that must be set aside, some families see family supper... Read more >

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Why We Fought
Forging American Obligations in World War II
Written by Robert B. Westbrook

Format: Trade Paperback, 166 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-295-9 (1-58834-295-6)

Why We Fought is a timely and provocative analysis that examines why Americans really chose to sacrifice and commit themselves to World War II. Unlike other depictions of the patriotic “greatest generation,” Westbrook argues that, strictly speaking, Americans in World War II were not instructed to fight, work, or die for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Odd Clauses
Understanding the Constitution Through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions
Written by Jay Wexler

Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0090-8 (0-8070-0090-6)

An innovative, insightful, and often humorous look at the Constitution’s lesser-known clauses, offering a fresh approach to understanding our democracy.

In this captivating and witty book, Jay Wexler draws on his extensive background in constitutional law to shine a much-deserved light on some of the Constitution’s lesser-known parts. For a variety of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A. Lincoln
A Biography
Written by Ronald C. White, Jr.

Format: Trade Paperback, 816 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7570-3 (0-8129-7570-7)

Everyone wants to define the man who signed his name “A. Lincoln.” In his lifetime and ever since, friend and foe have taken it upon themselves to characterize Lincoln according to their own label or libel. In this magnificent book, Ronald C. White, Jr., offers a fresh and compelling definition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Colossus of New York

Written by Colson Whitehead

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3124-5 (1-4000-3124-9)

In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead re-creates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities.

A masterful evocation of the city... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mrs. Somebody Somebody
Written by Tracy Winn

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8145-2 (0-8129-8145-6)

In this astonishing debut, Tracy Winn poignantly chronicles the souls who inhabit the troubled mill town of Lowell, Massachusetts, playing out their struggles and hopes over the course of the twentieth century. Through a stunning variety of voices, Winn paints a deep and permeating portrait of the town and its people... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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