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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 >
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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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Healing and the Mind

Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47687-4 (0-385-47687-6)

Journalist and PBS commentator Bill Moyers traveled around the globe investigating medical treatments that rely on the power of the mind rather than on modern medicine's high-tech miracles. In this intriguing companion volume to the PBS TV series, Moyers explores the roles of thoughts and emotions in illness and health through... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Underground
The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72580-7 (0-375-72580-6)

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Coming Apart
The State of White America, 1960-2010
Written by Charles Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45343-3 (0-307-45343-X)

From the bestselling co-author of The Bell Curve, author and political scientist Charles Murray offers a thought-provoking commentary on class in contemporary America. He presents extensive research and statistical data to illustrate that the U.S. today is divided into upper and lower classes that differ so drastically in values and habits... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8144-5 (0-8129-8144-8)

Selected for common reading at Coastal Carolina University, Craven Coummunity College, Missouri State University, Philadelphia University, and SUNY Buffalo

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good

“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6918-7 (1-4000-6918-1)

Selected for Common Reading at Philadelphia University

Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.

What matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Turn in the South

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72488-9 (0-679-72488-5)

Naipaul's first book about the United States provides a revealing, disturbing look at the American South -- a part of the world that remains a world unto itself.

"Astute and penetrating...brings new understanding of the subject."--C. Vann Woodward, The New York Times Book Review


"No American writer could achieve this kind... Read more >
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Story of My People

Written by Edoardo Nesi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-554-9 (1-59051-554-4)

Winner - 2011 Strega Prize

Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods–produced overseas or in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Accordion Family
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0745-7 (0-8070-0745-5)

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties stuck in their parents’ homes in the world’s wealthiest countries?

There’s no question that globalization has drastically changed the cultural landscape across the world. The cost of living is rising, and high unemployment rates have created an untenable economic climate that has severely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Accordion Family
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0743-3 (0-8070-0743-9)

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties boomeranging back to or never leaving their parents’ homes in the world’s wealthiest countries? Acclaimed sociologist Katherine Newman addresses this phenomenon in this timely and original book that uncovers fascinating links between globalization and the failure-to-launch trend. With over 300 interviews conducted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Disability History of the United States

Written by Kim E. Nielsen


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2202-3 (0-8070-2202-0)

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul
In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
Written by Jenny Nordberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 (0-307-95249-5)

Forthcoming September, 2014.  To request a FREE advance reader's copy, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com

“[A] searing exposé…Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print.” –Publishers Weekly [starred]

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to ‘building peaceful civilizations’—is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Rejuvenile
Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up
Written by Christopher Noxon


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 24, 2007
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8089-2 (1-4000-8089-4)

Once upon a time, boys and girls grew up and set aside childish things. Nowadays, moms and dads skateboard alongside their kids and download the latest pop-song ringtones. Captains of industry pose for the cover of BusinessWeek holding Super Soakers. The average age of video game players is twenty-nine and rising... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Unhealthy Truth
One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself
Written by Robyn O'Brien and Rachel Kranz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3074-1 (0-7679-3074-6)

Robyn O’Brien is not the most likely candidate for an antiestablishment crusade. A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to misguided government agencies and chemicals in our food—until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6747-0 (0-8129-6747-X)

In The Majesty of the Law, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O’Connor... Read more >

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The Lonely American
Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jacqueline Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0035-9 (0-8070-0035-3)

In today’s world, it is more acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely-yet loneliness appears to be the inevitable byproduct of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, one out of four Americans talked to no one about something of importance to them during the last... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals
The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Written by Ian Osborn


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50847-2 (0-440-50847-9)

Over five million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Ian Osborn, M.D., a specialist on OCD and a sufferer himself, has written the first comprehensive book on this condition. In this practical guide, he provides scholarly insight on the experience, diagnosis, and treatment of OCD. He also reveals new discoveries about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living Terrors
What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe
Written by Michael T. Osterholm Phd., M.P.H. and John Schwartz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33481-5 (0-385-33481-8)

The United States is at great risk of attack. According to Michael Osterholm, a leading epidemiologist, and John Schwartz, the major danger is from biological warfare. In this highly informative book, Osterholm and Schwartz expose the advanced bio-weaponry programs of foreign nations, the organizations that may unleash an epidemic on a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dying to Win
The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism
Written by Robert Pape


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7338-9 (0-8129-7338-0)

Suicide terrorism is rising around the world, but there is great confusion as to why. In this paradigm-shifting analysis, University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape has collected groundbreaking evidence to explain the strategic, social, and individual factors responsible for this growing threat.

One of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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Save the Males
Why Men Matter Why Women Should Care
Written by Kathleen Parker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7695-3 (0-8129-7695-9)

With piercing wit and perceptive analysis, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Kathleen Parker explores how men, maleness, and fatherhood have been under siege in American culture for decades. She argues that the feminist movement veered off course from its original aim of helping women achieve equality and ended up making enemies of men... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stuffed and Starved
The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Written by Raj Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-127-0 (1-61219-127-4)

Adopted for Freshman and Common Reading Programs at:
Wagner College
Skagit Valley Community College
San Jose State University (finalist)

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years

It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony

Written by Pamela Paul


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6676-3 (0-8129-6676-7)

A pioneering look at first marriages lasting five years or less and ending without children, Paul’s book “will be a lesson to those contemplating marriage and a comfort to those who falter” (The Economist).

What is it about marriage that makes today’s twenty- and thirty-somethings want it so badly? And why do... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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