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Team Rodent
How Disney Devours the World
Written by Carl Hiaasen


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 5, 1998
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42280-4 (0-345-42280-5)

"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Written by Laura Hillenbrand


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00561-3 (0-449-00561-5)

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad... Read more >

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Amusement Parks

Written by Jim Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1209-8 (0-7478-1209-8)

America’s amusement industry emerged from simple swimming ponds, family picnic areas, and community gathering spots. Although the first major entrepreneurial-driven amusement resort, known as Jones Woods, grew from the banks of New York’s East River in the 1800s, the Golden Age of American amusement parks began with the mid-1800s development of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shades of Glory
The Negro Leagues & the Story of African-American Baseball
Written by Lawrence D. Hogan
Foreword by Jules Tygiel


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 31, 2006
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5306-8 (0-7922-5306-X)

Celebrating African America's contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and a unique statistical component, to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs and other evocative artifacts, it is an important contribution... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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One Simple Idea
How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life
Written by Mitch Horowitz


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 7, 2014
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-98649-8 (0-307-98649-7)

Do not order before 1/1/2014
The positive thinking movement is frequently dismissed as philosophical fluff, attracting only New Agers and self-help junkies. One Simple Idea, Mitch Horowitz’s exciting new tome, sets out to correct misperceptions. Drawing on dramatic personalities like Norman Vincent Peale, Horowitz makes the case for a movement that has... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Confederates in the Attic
Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
Written by Tony Horwitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 22, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75833-4 (0-679-75833-X)

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again, this time from... Read more >

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Tales From Development Hell (New Updated Edition)
The Greatest Movies Never Made?
Written by David Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
On Sale: February 28, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-85768-723-4 (0-85768-723-9)

A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made!

Whatever happened to Darren Aronofsky’s Batman movie starring Clint Eastwood? Why were there... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Most Expensive Game in Town
The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families
Written by Mark Hyman


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0136-3 (0-8070-0136-8)

Building on the eye-opening investigation into the damaging effects of the ultra-competitive culture of youth sports in his previous book, Until It Hurts, Mark Hyman’s new book looks at the business of youth sports, how it has changed, and how it is affecting young Americans. Examining the youth sports economy from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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More Than a Game

Written by Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 3, 2001
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-060-3 (1-58322-060-7)

More than a Game is the odyssey of Jackson’s journey–from New York Knick and world champion, to CBA coach, to six-time Chicago Bulls world champion, to this year’s L.A. Lakers world champion–and the lessons in leadership he learned each step of the way. It is the tale of Rosen’s journey as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beats Rhymes & Life
What We Love and Hate About Hip-Hop
Written by Ytasha Womack
Edited by Kenji Jasper
Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: May 15, 2007
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1977-7 (0-7679-1977-7)

Our generation made hip-hop. But hip-hop also made us. Why are suburban kids referring to their subdivision as “block”? Why has the pimp become a figure of male power? Why has dodging the feds become an act of honor long after one has made millions as a legitimate artist? What happens... Read more >

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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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The Real All Americans

Written by Sally Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2624-9 (0-7679-2624-2)

Sally Jenkins, bestselling co-author of It's Not About the Bike, revives a forgotten piece of history in The Real All Americans. In doing so, she has crafted a truly inspirational story about a Native American football team that is as much about football as Lance Armstrong's book was about a bike.


If... Read more >

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Jim Henson
The Biography
Written by Brian Jay Jones


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52611-3 (0-345-52611-2)

For the first time ever—a comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson

He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile... Read more >

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Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials
The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety
Written by Wendy Kaminer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75886-0 (0-679-75886-0)

In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, social critic Wendy Kaminer illuminates the various ways in which society has come to value emotion over reason, faith over fact, and argues that declarations of intense belief have largely taken the place of rational discourse. In a world in which "How do you feel," seems to... Read more >

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Ball of Fire
The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72771-9 (0-375-72771-X)

As a movie actress Lucille Ball was, in her own words, “queen of the B-pluses.” But on the small screen she was a superstar—arguably the funniest and most enduring in the history of TV. In this exemplary biography, Stefan Kanfer explores the roots of Lucy’s genius and places it in the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Groucho
The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx
Written by Stefan Kanfer


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 8, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70207-5 (0-375-70207-5)

This definitive biography of one of the world’s greatest comedians unflinchingly yet affectionately uncovers the man behind the cigar.

Here is the amazing career of the man the world recognized as Groucho: the improbable disasters of the vaudeville years; the Marx Brothers, an act so funny W.C. Fields refused to follow it... Read more >

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Frank
The Voice
Written by James Kaplan


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2423-8 (0-7679-2423-1)

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra’s... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Yo' Mama's Disfunktional!
Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
Written by Robin D.G. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0941-3 (0-8070-0941-5)

In this vibrant, thought-provoking book, Kelley, “the pre-eminent historian of black popular culture writing today” (Cornel West) shows how the multicolored urban working class is the solution to the ills of American cities. He undermines widespread misunderstandings of black culture and shows how they have contributed to the failure of social... Read more >

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Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal
Written by David Konow


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80732-3 (0-609-80732-3)

“Bang your head! Metal Health’ll drive you mad!”—Quiet Riot

Like an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music on steroids, Bang Your Head is an epic history of every band and every performer that has proudly worn the Heavy Metal badge. Whether headbanging is your guilty pleasure or you firmly believe that this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Impolite Interviews

Written by Paul Krassner


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 7, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-888363-92-0 (1-888363-92-4)

Krassner’s Impolite Interviews delivers 21 of the most compelling encounters you will ever witness, from a 1959 interview with author Alan Watts to Timothy Leary in 1995 just weeks before he died, from Norman Mailer talking about sex to Jerry Garcia recounting what it was like to play the Pyramids. Each... Read more >

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One Hand Jerking
Reports From an Investigative Journalist
Written by Paul Krassner
Afterword by Lewis Black
Foreword by Harry Shearer


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-696-4 (1-58322-696-6)

Counterculture legend Paul Krassner gazes on the fires of pop culture, politics and celebrity and returns unscathed to help us make sense of our senseless world, with an introduction by Lewis Black (The Daily Show) and a foreword by Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Le Show).

From cults to pornography, from Charles Manson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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1968
The Year That Rocked the World
Written by Mark Kurlansky


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45582-6 (0-345-45582-7)

In 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to life the cultural and political history of that world-changing year of social upheaval. 1968 is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Classic Candy
America's Favorite Sweets, 1950-80
Written by Darlene Lacey


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1243-2 (0-7478-1243-8)

Candy may well have its origins in medicine (think peppermint sticks), and many Americans still think of candy as an edible salve with which to cure and to celebrate. Today, Americans consume more than 600 billion pounds of the sugary stuff each year. From classics such as the Hershey bar and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Country of Exiles

Written by William R. Leach


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75865-5 (0-679-75865-8)

In Country of Exiles, William Leach, whose Land of Desire was a finalist for the National Book Award, explores the troubling effects of our national love affair with mobility. He shows us how the impulse to pull up stakes and find a new frontier has always battled with the need to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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