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The Immortal Class
Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power
Written by Travis Culley


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 13, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76024-2 (0-375-76024-5)

Travis Hugh Culley went to Chicago to make his name in its thriving theater scene, yet found in his day job a sense of community and fulfillment—and a brotherhood of like-minded individualists—that he encountered nowhere else.

In The Immortal Class, Culley takes us inside the heart and soul of an American... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Science Sold Out
Does HIV Really Cause AIDS?
Written by Rebecca Culshaw
Foreword by Harvey Bialy


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 2, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-642-0 (1-55643-642-4)

The HIV/AIDS hypothesis remains highly controversial, despite the best efforts of medical and insurance establishments, the government, and the media to promote its acceptance. Rebecca Culshaw spent years researching HIV for her work constructing mathematical models of its interactions with the immune system. Rarely do researchers bite the hand that funds... Read more >

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27725-1 (0-307-27725-9)

We spend most of our waking lives at work—in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves. And yet we rarely ask ourselves how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is an exploration of the joys and perils of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Status Anxiety

Written by Alain De Botton


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72535-7 (0-375-72535-0)

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Empathy
Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society
Written by Frans de Waal


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40777-1 (0-307-40777-2)

Selected for Montana State University's Common Reading Program, 2010

"An important and timely message about the biological roots of human kindness."
—Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape

Are we our brothers' keepers? Do we have an instinct for compassion? Or are we, as is often assumed, only on earth to serve our own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Irish America
Coming Into Clover
Written by Maureen Dezell


Format: Trade Paperback, 276 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49596-7 (0-385-49596-X)

A dazzling and bracingly honest look at a great people in a great land.

For many people in this country, Irish American culture conjures up thoughts of raucous pubs, St. Patrick's Day parades, memoirs peopled with an array of saints and sinners, and such quasi-Celtic extravaganzas as Riverdance. But there is much... Read more >

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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Written by Jared Diamond
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-522-7 (1-60980-522-4)

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Running on Ritalin
A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill
Written by Lawrence H. Diller


Format: Trade Paperback, 404 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37906-8 (0-553-37906-2)

In 1997 alone, nearly five million people in the U.S. were prescribed Ritalin–most of them young children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Is this cause for alarm–or simply the case of an effective treatment meeting a newly discovered need? In a book as provocative and newsworthy as Listening to Prozac... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sicilian Lives

Written by Danilo Dolci


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 12, 1981
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74938-9 (0-394-74938-3)

When Danilo Docli, peace worker, organizer, educator, first arrived in 1952 in Trappeto, a village of peasants and fishermen in western Sicily, there were no streets, just mud and dust, not a single drugstore, not even a sewer. (In fact, the local dialect didn’t even have a word for sewer.) Like... Read more >

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Red Hot Mamas
Coming into Our Own at Fifty
Written by Colette Dowling


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 3, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37495-7 (0-553-37495-8)

Colette Dowling's uplifting book celebrates the myriad possibilities for women who are edging up to, at, or just beyond 50. "Red hot mamas" are the dozens of women (some famous, some not) who are defying stereotypes to discover renewed power and vitality at midlife. In honest, empowering language, the women share... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Written by Charles Duhigg


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8160-5 (0-8129-8160-X)

Selected for common reading at Babson College

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter... Read more >

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The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Written by Charles Duhigg


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6928-6 (1-4000-6928-9)

Selected for common reading at Babson College

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter... Read more >

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Brilliant Madness
Living with Manic Depressive Illness
Written by Patty Duke
Contribution by Gloria Hochman


Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56072-5 (0-553-56072-7)

In A Brilliant Madness Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From the personal experience of living with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age Wave
How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future
Written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. and Joe Flower


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1990
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34806-4 (0-553-34806-X)

Based on 15 years of research by Dr. Dychtwald, a leading expert on aging, this is the first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of the aging baby-boomer population on society. Examining the choices and challenges for the future, Age Wave discusses topics such as the "cyclic life-style," "reinventing the family," "elderpower... Read more >

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Another Great Day at Sea
Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush
Written by Geoff Dyer


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-91158-2 (0-307-91158-6)

From a writer “whose genre-jumping refusal to be pinned down [makes him] an exemplar of our era” (NPR), a new book that confirms his power to astound readers.
 
As a child Geoff Dyer spent long hours making and blotchily painting model fighter planes. So the adult Dyer jumped at the chance of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Hot House
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
Written by Pete Earley


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56023-7 (0-553-56023-9)

The most dreaded facility in the prison system because of its fierce population, Leavenworth is governed by ruthless clans competing for dominance. Here Earley unabashedly explores the characters and forces at work in Leavenworth, nicknamed 'The Hot House' for its lack of proper ventilation, and, as a result, reveals the state... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Super Casino
Inside the "New" Las Vegas
Written by Pete Earley


Format: Paperback, 520 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 2, 2001
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-57349-7 (0-553-57349-7)

In this lively and probing book, award-winning author Pete Earley traces the extraordinary evolution of Las Vegas -- from the gaudy Mecca of the Rat Pack era to one of the country's top family vacation spots. He revisits the city's checkered history of moguls, mobsters, and entertainers, reveals the real stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mother of My Mother
The Intimate Bond Between Generations
Written by Hope Edelman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: April 11, 2000
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-31799-3 (0-385-31799-9)

Drawing from her own experience and the recollections of over seventy other granddaughters, Edelman explores the three-generation triangle from which women develop their female identities: the grandmother-mother-daughter relationship. With insightful personal testimony, she demonstrates the vital roles grandmothers have played in their granddaughters’ lives as a source of unconditional love, family... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Austerity
How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
Written by Thomas Byrne Edsall


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94645-4 (0-307-94645-2)

One of our most prescient political observers provides a sobering account of how pitched battles over scarce resources will increasingly define American politics in the coming years—and how we might avoid, or at least mitigate, the damage from these ideological and economic battles.

In a matter of just three years, a bitter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Age of Austerity
How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics
Written by Thomas Byrne Edsall


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53519-9 (0-385-53519-8)

One of our most prescient political observers provides a sobering account of how pitched battles over scarce resources will increasingly define American politics in the coming years—and how we might avoid, or at least mitigate, the damage from these ideological and economic battles.

In a matter of just three years, a bitter... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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What's Going on in There?
How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
Written by Lise Eliot


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37825-2 (0-553-37825-2)

The early development of the human brain is a fascinating process that is covered with great precision in What’s Going On in There.

At birth, humans are capable of little beyond breathing and sucking. Yet, in the months to follow, the senses of sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing are increasingly... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Technological Society

Written by Jacques Ellul


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1967
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70390-9 (0-394-70390-1)

Introduction by Robert K. Merton, translated by John Wilkinson.  As insightful and wise today as it was when originally published in 1954, Jacques Ellul's The Technological Society has become a classic in its field, laying the groundwork for all other studies of technology and society that have followed.  Ellul offers a penetrating analysis... Read more >

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Women Who Run with the Wolves

Written by Clarissa Pinkola Phd EstÚs


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 22, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-39681-5 (0-345-39681-2)

In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Estes, a Jungian analyst and cantadora (storyteller), conducts what she calls "psychic archeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories chosen from more than twenty years of research, she examines the healthy, instinctual... Read more >
Also available as a paperback.

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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