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Consuming Kids
Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising
Written by Susan Linn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7999-5 (1-4000-7999-3)

The average American child sees about 40,000 television commercials every year. Companies target younger viewers all the time, selling everything from sugar cereals to minivans, and cross-promotional marketing influences everything from the food stocked in school vending machines to the characters who appear in children’s books. Kids are requesting specific brands... Read more >

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Absolutely American
Four Years at West Point
Written by David Lipsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7693-2 (1-4000-7693-5)

In 1998, West Point made David Lipsky an unprecedented offer: stay at the Academy as long as you like, go wherever you wish, talk to whomever you want, to discover why some of America's most promising young people sacrifice so much to become cadets. Lipsky followed one cadet class into mess... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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The Coat Route
Craft, Luxury, & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat
Written by Meg Lukens Noonan


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6993-4 (1-4000-6993-9)

When journalist Meg Lukens Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive, entirely handcrafted overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor had made for one of his longtime clients, she set off on an adventure to understand its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled rich and colorful stories about its components, the centuries-old bespoke industry... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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High Risk
Children Without A Conscience
Written by Ken Magid


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34667-1 (0-553-34667-9)

Many of today's children are in danger of growing up without a conscience-the neglected children of too-busy parents or the abandoned and abused children from disrupted or violent families. Children in this ever-growing segment of the population pose a threat to themselves, their families, and to the larger community. High Risk... Read more >

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Falling Leaves
The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Written by Adeline Yen Mah


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0357-8 (0-7679-0357-9)

With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a rare, authentic portrait of twentieth-century China. A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood, Adeline's story is... Read more >

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Homeland

Written by Dale Maharidge
Photographed by Michael Williamson


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-681-0 (1-58322-681-8)

Homeland is Pulitzer Prize winning author Maharidge’s biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society-common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Hard Corps
From Gangster to Marine Hero
Written by Marco Martinez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38305-1 (0-307-38305-9)

At the age of seventeen, Marco Martinez was a thug
At the age of twenty-two, he was a hero

Hard Corps tells the story of a young man’s incredible transformation from gun-toting gang member to recipient of the Navy Cross, the second-highest honor a U.S. Marine can receive. Gritty, riveting, and ultimately inspiring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stuart: A Life Backwards

Written by Alexander Masters


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34088-5 (0-385-34088-5)

In this extraordinary book, Alexander Masters has created a moving portrait of a troubled man, an unlikely friendship, and a desperate world few ever see. A gripping who-done-it journey back in time, it begins with Masters meeting a drunken Stuart lying on a sidewalk in Cambridge, England, and leads through layers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prisons: Inside the New America
From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib
Written by David Matlin
Foreword by Ishmael Reed


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 28, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-549-2 (1-55643-549-5)

This powerful exposè reveals how America's ailing prison system undermines the public trust. For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, a daily confrontation with the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows... Read more >

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Let Me Hear Your Voice
A Family's Triumph over Autism
Written by Catherine Maurice


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 19, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90664-4 (0-449-90664-7)

Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother's illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.

"A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children."... Read more >

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Dear Marcus
A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me
Written by Jerry McGill


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8316-6 (0-8129-8316-5)

Selected for Common Reading at Defiance College

Jerry McGill was thirteen years old, walking home through the projects of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, when he was shot in the back by a stranger. Jerry survived, wheelchair-bound for life; his assailant was never caught. Thirty years later, Jerry wants to say something to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The End of Country
Dispatches from the Frack Zone
Written by Seamus McGraw


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8064-6 (0-8129-8064-6)

Selected for common reading at American University

“A rare, honest, beautiful, and, yes, sometimes heartbreaking examination of the echoes of water-powered natural gas drilling—or fracking—in the human community . . . vivid, personal and emotional.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Susquehanna County, in the remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is a community of stoic, low-income... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Missing Information

Written by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7607-6 (0-8129-7607-X)

“Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan’s theory that the medium is the message.”
——The New York Times

Imagine watching an entire day’s worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment... Read more >

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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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The Mating Mind
How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
Written by Geoffrey Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49517-2 (0-385-49517-X)

At once a pioneering study of evolution and an accessible and lively reading experience, The Mating Mind marks the arrival of a prescient and provocative new science writer.

Consciousness, morality, creativity, language, and art: these are the traits that make us human. Scientists have traditionally explained these qualities as merely a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How I Learned English
55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life
Written by Tom Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0097-7 (1-4262-0097-8)

All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino—and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve... Read more >

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Honeymoon in Tehran
Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
Written by Azadeh Moaveni


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7790-5 (0-8129-7790-4)

Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad’s... 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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Brain Sex
The Real Difference Between Men and Women
Written by Anne Moir, Ph.D. and David Jessel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 1, 1992
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31183-0 (0-385-31183-4)

Brain Sex explains how the physiological differences in the male and female brain affect every aspect of our behavior. Anne Moir and David Jessel show the many ways in which the two genders' brains differ and how these differences in turn result in emotional, intellectual, and psychological differences in males and... Read more >

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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)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
Cabrini College... 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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The Society of Timid Souls
or, How To Be Brave
Written by Polly Morland


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 9, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88906-5 (0-307-88906-8)

With The Society of Timid Souls, or How To Be Brave, documentary filmmaker Polly Morland sets out to investigate bravery, a quality that she has always felt she lacked. The book takes inspiration from a vividly eccentric, and radical, self-help group for stage-frightened performers in 1940s Manhattan, which coincided with the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conundrum

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-189-9 (1-59017-189-6)

The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he... 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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