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Such Sweet Thunder
A Novel
Written by Vincent O. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58195-217-9 (1-58195-217-1)

This unique and compelling novel deserves a place of prominence in American literature. Completed in 1963, read and widely admired in manuscript by a network of expatriate American artists strung across Europe, it was never published during Vincent Carter’s lifetime. In 2003, Steerforth Press published the text in its entirety, knowing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Reel Civil War
Mythmaking in American Film
Written by Bruce Chadwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70832-9 (0-375-70832-4)

During the late nineteenth century, magazines, newspapers, novelists, and even historians presented a revised version of the Civil War that, intending to reconcile the former foes, downplayed the issues of slavery and racial injustice, and often promoted and reinforced the worst racial stereotypes. The Reel Civil War tells the history of... Read more >
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The Marriage-Go-Round
The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today
Written by Andrew J. Cherlin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38638-0 (0-307-38638-4)

The Marriage-Go-Round illuminates the shifting nature of America's most cherished social institution and explains its striking differences from marriage in other Western countries.

Andrew J. Cherlin's three decades of study have shown him that marriage in America is a social and political battlefield in a way that it isn’t in other... Read more >
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Tupperware
The Promise of Plastic in 1950's America
Written by Alison J. Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-920-2 (1-56098-920-3)

From Wonder Bowls to Ice-Tup molds to Party Susans, Tupperware has become an icon of suburban living. Tracing the fortunes of Earl Tupper’s polyethylene containers from early design to global distribution, Alison J. Clarke explains how Tupperware tapped into potent commercial and social forces, becoming a prevailing symbol of late twentieth-century... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America Noir
Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era
Written by David Cochran


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-218-8 (1-58834-218-2)

In America Noir David Cochran details how ten writers and filmmakers challenged the social pieties prevalent during the Cold War, such as the superiority of the American democracy, the benevolence of free enterprise, and the sanctity of the suburban family. Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone featured victims of vast, faceless, bureaucratic... Read more >

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Check the Technique
Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies
Written by Brian Coleman
Introduction by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7775-2 (0-8129-7775-0)

A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Elsewhere, U.S.A
How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms,and Economic Anxiety
Written by Dalton Conley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7679-6 (1-4000-7679-X)

Over the past three decades, our daily lives have changed slowly but dramatically. Boundaries between leisure and work, public space and private space, and home and office have blurred and become permeable. In Elsewhere, U.S.A., acclaimed sociologist Dalton Conley connects our day-to-day experiences with occasionally overlooked sociological changes, from women’s increasing... Read more >

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Translating America
An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, 1890-1920
Written by Peter Conolly-Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-287-4 (1-58834-287-5)

At the turn of the century, New York City’s Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World... Read more >

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Days that I'll Remember
Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Written by Jonathan Cott


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95128-1 (0-307-95128-6)

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book... Read more >

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Fight the Power
Rap, Race, and Reality
Written by Chuck D, Yusuf Jah and Spike Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: September 8, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31873-0 (0-385-31873-1)

Fight the Power examines a multitude of complex social, racial and artistic issues.

Frontman for the politically-minded, and commercially successful, rap group Public Enemy, rapper Chuck D discusses the role of heroes and role models in the black community, Hollywood's negative images of blacks, the effect of gangsta rap, its images... Read more >

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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77126-5 (0-679-77126-3)

Angela Davis gives us a new, radically transforming interpretation of the lives and music of three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. She uses the biographies, careers, and performances of recorded songs by Bessie Smith, "Ma" Rainey, and Billie Holiday--the African-American women who dominated American popular music between 1910... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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In the Country of Country
A Journey to the Roots of American Music
Written by Nicholas Dawidoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 28, 1998
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70082-8 (0-375-70082-X)

From the author of the bestselling The Catcher Was a Spy comes an exhilarating exploration of the performers, places, and experiences which form country music—a genre which is uniquely and authentically American.

In this evocative book, Dawidoff pays tribute to the music that sprang from places like Maces Springs, Viriginia, home of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3648-2 (0-8478-3648-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Art in the Streets

Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Skira Rizzoli
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $55.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3617-8 (0-8478-3617-7)

While other books have chronicled graffiti in the US and abroad, this is the first to assemble the most important artists and writers from around the world and their interlocutors in one exhibition and accompanying volume. No other book on the subject has gathered all the major figures (experts and those... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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After Henry

Written by Joan Didion


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 27, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74539-6 (0-679-74539-4)

In her latest forays into the American scene, Didion covers ground from Washington and New York to California, uncovering the mythic narratives that elude other observers. She examines the fantasies the media constructs around crime victims and presidential candidates; she offers new interpretations of the stories of Nancy Reagan and Patty... Read more >

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Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4452-0 (0-8070-4452-0)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

Pornland
How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
Written by Gail Dines


Format: eBook
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 6, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4453-7 (0-8070-4453-9)

Professor Gail Dines has written about and researched the porn industry for over two decades. She attends industry conferences, interviews producers and performers, and speaks to hundreds of men and women each year about their experience with porn. Students and educators describe her work as “life changing.”

In Pornland–the culmination of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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American Triumvirate
Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf
Written by James Dodson


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47355-4 (0-307-47355-4)

With compelling detail and pure passion, James Dodson recounts the singular brilliance of three golf titans and how they saved the professional tour and created the game as we know it today.

During the Depression golf was in crisis. As a spectator sport it was on the verge of extinction. This was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Where the Girls Are
Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
Written by Susan J. Douglas


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-2530-2 (0-8129-2530-0)

Where the Girls Are is a tour through the confusing and contradictory images of women in American pop culture. Douglas looks back at the television programs, popular music, advertising, and nightly news reports of the past four decades to reveal the decidedly mixed messages conveyed to girls and women coming of... Read more >

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The National Parks
America's Best Idea
Written by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $32.50
ISBN: 978-0-375-71210-4 (0-375-71210-0)

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War

America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but... Read more >

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The National Parks
America's Best Idea
Written by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 8, 2009
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26896-9 (0-307-26896-9)

The companion volume to the twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War

America’s national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation’s most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but... Read more >

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The Hearts of Men
American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment
Written by Barbara Ehrenreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1987
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-17615-6 (0-385-17615-5)

An original explanation of recent sexual culture and the loosening of marriage bonds over the past twenty years.

"The Hearts of Men not only explodes some pervasive beliefs, it affords an invigorating reading of American culture through the last three decades."—Philadelphia Inquirer Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conspiracy of Fools
A True Story
Written by Kurt Eichenwald


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 27, 2005
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1179-5 (0-7679-1179-2)

One of BusinessWeek's Top 10 Business Books of 2005

In late 2001, the Enron Corporation imploded virtually overnight, leaving vast wreckage in its wake and sparking a criminal investigation that would last for years. But for all that has been written about the Enron debacle, no one has yet to a full... Read more >

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The Hollywood Economist 2.0
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-050-1 (1-61219-050-2)

A fully revised edition of the popular guide to Hollywood finances, updated to reflect even newer films and trends

A fast-and-dirty guide to the financial world behind the movies, The Hollywood Economist was a surprise hit last year. Now Edward Jay Epstein has updated his look into the dazzlingly complicated economics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hollywood Economist
The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Written by Edward Jay Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: February 23, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-933633-84-8 (1-933633-84-0)

In The Hollywood Economist, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to find the answer to a puzzling question: Why is it that even the biggest grossing new movies, raking in millions at the box office, rarely break even during their theatrical release? How does Hollywood make money?

Epstein penetrates the... Read more >
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