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The Global Soul
Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home
Written by Pico Iyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77611-6 (0-679-77611-7)

Pico Iyer has for many years described with keen perception and exacting wit the shifting textures of faraway lands anchored on a spinning globe that mixes and matches East and West. Now he casts a philosophical eye upon this curious state of floatingness.

In the transnational village that our world has become... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Economy of Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1970
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70584-2 (0-394-70584-X)

"This book is radiant with ideas about what makes cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies."--The New Yorker Read more >

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Systems of Survival
A Dialogue on the Moral Foundations of Commerce and Politics
Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74816-8 (0-679-74816-4)

In her first book in a decade, Jacobs offers a brilliant and original study of the ethical basis of public life. Written in the form of a platonic dialogue, Systems of Survival argues that human behavior is governed by two distinct ethical systems. The first is a guardian syndrome, which arises... Read more >

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Never Say Die
The Myth of the New Old Age
Written by Susan Jacoby


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45628-1 (0-307-45628-5)

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby delivers a brave, impassioned, and exceptionally important wake-up call to Americans who have long been deluded by the dangerous myth that a radically new old age awaits the huge baby boom generation.

Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Bloody Falls of the Coppermine
Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7537-6 (0-8129-7537-5)

In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach a group of Eskimos and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, one of the Arctic’s most tragic stories became one of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lawn
A History of an American Obsession
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-406-1 (1-56098-406-6)

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front... Read more >

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The American Nurse

Written by Carolyn Jones


Format: Hardcover, 180 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-121-0 (1-59962-121-5)

In The American Nurse, readers are invited to think about nurses in a way that they never have before, unless they have been under a nurse’s care. This body of work will inspire audiences to focus their attention on the nurses who serve as healers in their community, and whose wealth... Read more >

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Do They Hear You When You Cry

Written by Fauziya Kassindja


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 12, 1999
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31994-2 (0-385-31994-0)

In 1994, Fauziya Kassindja, an extraordinary teenager from a wealthy, prominent family in Kpalime, Africa, fled from her home to escape tribal ritual female genital mutilation. She sought political asylum in the United States, but was instead incarcerated for 16 months in various Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. Housed in... Read more >

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Geeks
How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
Written by Jon Katz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 20, 2001
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0699-9 (0-7679-0699-3)

The sociological study and inspirational story of how two social misfits and self-professed “geeks” used their technological prowess to escape dead-end life in a dreary Idaho town. Geeks is a provocative look inside a rapidly growing subculture of “techno-outsiders,” many of whom are now running the systems that run the world.

"A... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Cult of the Amateur
How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values
Written by Andrew Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52081-2 (0-385-52081-6)

A polemic describing the dark consequences of the new digital economy, dubbed Web 2.0, on our culture, our
standards, and our commerce. Building on the controversial arguments he posed in a much talked-about
2-part article that ran in The Weekly Standard in February 2006, Silicon Valley dissident Andrew Keen
condemns the new digital media... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Belly
On Being a Man
Written by Sam Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35137-8 (0-553-35137-0)

Fire in the Belly is the seminal study of masculinity that, since its publication in 1991, has become a classic of the Men’s Movement. Keen begins by exploring WOMAN: the “larger-than-life,” “shadowy” psychological construct that influences men’s lives, distinct from real flesh-and-blood women. Proposing that men cannot find themselves without first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savage Spawn
Reflections on Violent Children
Written by Jonathan Kellerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 18, 1999
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42939-1 (0-345-42939-7)

In this powerful and disturbing book, a bestselling author and noted child psychologist shines a penetrating light on antisocial youth - kids who kill without remorse - asserting that "psychopathic tendencies begin very early in life, as young as three, and they endure." He examines the origins of psychopathy and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52339-4 (0-385-52339-4)

Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)


Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten... Read more >

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Beyond the Influence
Understanding and Defeating Alcoholism
Written by Katherine Ketcham, William F. Asbury, Mel Schulstad and Arthur P. Ciaramicoli


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38014-9 (0-553-38014-1)

Although alcoholism has been recognized by scientists as a disease rather than a character flaw, proper treatment for this condition is still unavailable to millions. Beyond the Influence offers solutions. This invaluable sourcebook, compiled by top experts in the field of alcohol dependency, clarifies the neurological nature of the disease and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mountains Beyond Mountains
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7301-3 (0-8129-7301-1)

ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable book


This paperback edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

Selected for Common Reading: 

Colleges & Universities

Adirondack Comm. Coll., Augustana Coll., Austin Coll., Barton Coll., Bernard M. Baruch Coll., CUNY, Berry Coll., Boise State Univ., Boston Coll., Bowdoin Coll., Brandeis Univ., Butler Univ., Bunker Hill Comm. Coll., California... Read more >

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Mountains Beyond Mountains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50616-1 (0-375-50616-0)

ALA Notable Book, 2003


Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book... Read more >

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Strength in What Remains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7761-5 (0-8129-7761-0)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Caldwell College
Claremont McKenna College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Penn State Berks
Stanford University
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
University of Delaware
Western Michigan University

All Iowa Reads 2012
Reading Together 2011, Kalamazoo Public Library

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award


In Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder gives us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Psychopath Whisperer
The Science of Those Without Conscience
Written by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3584-4 (0-7704-3584-X)

Psychopaths have been in the spotlight for many years due to headlines and stories in the news and in movies. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?
 
This is the question Dr... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Raising Cain
Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
Written by Dan Kindlon, Ph.D. and Michael Thompson, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43485-2 (0-345-43485-4)

Two of the country's leading child psychologists share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting-sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lost in the Meritocracy
The Undereducation of an Overachiever
Written by Walter Kirn


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27945-3 (0-307-27945-6)

From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Earth Knows My Name
Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans
Written by Patricia Klindienst


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8571-4 (0-8070-8571-5)

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about... Read more >

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Drinking: A Love Story

Written by Caroline Knapp


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
On Sale: May 12, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31554-8 (0-385-31554-6)

Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Author Caroline Knapp, for example, started drinking at age fourteen. She drank through her years at an Ivy League college, and through an award-winning career as a lifestyle editor and columnist. Publicly, she was a dutiful... Read more >
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