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New Orleans After the Deluge
Written by Josh Neufeld

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71488-7 (0-375-71488-X)

Now in paperback, The New York Times best-selling graphic nonfiction masterpiece depicting the lives of seven New Orleanians before, during, and just after Hurricane Katrina.

Best American Comics, 2010
Mother Jones Top Books of 2009
Daily Beast Recommends
New York Best Comics of 2009, Runner Up Best Nonfiction Comic of 2009
San Francisco Chronicle “Best in...
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Midcentury Houses Today

Written by Lorenzo Ottaviani, Jeffrey Matz and Cristina A. Ross
Photographed by Michael Biondo

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-385-8 (1-58093-385-8)

Architects Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Eliot Noyes, Edward Durell Stone, and others created an extraordinary collection of modern houses in New Canaan, Connecticut, in the 1940s and 1950s.

The bucolic New England town—a suburb of Manhattan—became the site of fervent experimentation by some of the leading lights of the movement... Read more >

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Sid vs. Ovi
Crosby and Ovechkin - Natural Born Rivals
Written by Andrew Podnieks

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7116-4 (0-7710-7116-7)

Even before Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin began their NHL careers in 2005, the two players were rivals. They first met at the World U20 (Junior) Championship, playing for the gold medal, and ever since they have been opponents in the NHL and international arenas. No two star players could be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wilt, 1962
The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
Written by Gary M. Pomerantz

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 28, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5161-8 (1-4000-5161-4)

On the night of March 2, 1962, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, right up the street from the chocolate factory, Wilt Chamberlain, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers.

As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains... Read more >

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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Written by William C. Rhoden

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6 (0-307-35314-1)

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >
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What a Wonderful World
The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years
Written by Ricky Riccardi

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47329-5 (0-307-47329-5)

Much has been written about Louis Armstrong, but the majority of it focuses on the early and middle stages of his career. In this prodigiously researched and richly detailed book, jazz scholar and musician Ricky Riccardi reveals for the first time the genius and remarkable achievements of the last 25 years... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amelia Earhart
A Biography
Written by Doris L. Rich

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-725-3 (1-56098-725-1)

She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record–among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a... Read more >
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Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema

Written by Jonathan Rigby

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Signum
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-9566534-4-4 (0-9566534-4-8)

Acclaimed critic and broadcaster Jonathan Rigby brings his trademark wit and insight to bear on 130 of the key moments in screen horror.

His scope is wide, ranging from silent masterworks like Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to such 21st century milestones as The Descent and Let the Right... Read more >

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Here I Stand

Written by Paul Robeson

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6445-0 (0-8070-6445-9)

Robeson’s international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under... Read more >
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The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll
The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music
Written by Rolling Stone Magazine

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 10, 1992
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73728-5 (0-679-73728-6)

The ultimate illustrated history of rock & roll--comprehensive, authoritative, and fully updated with coverage of the most important new sounds and artists of the 1980s and `90s. Read more >

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The Portable Henry Rollins

Written by Henry Rollins

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: February 10, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75000-7 (0-375-75000-2)

Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word. As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L.A. punk rocker into a universal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nashville's Lower Broad
The Street That Music Made
Written by Bill Rouda

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-094-8 (1-58834-094-5)

Like Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Lower Broadway was the heart of the country music scene in Nashville, the place where locals could rub elbows with stars and impromptu jam sessions could last late into the night. But after the Grand Ole Opry moved out of... Read more >

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How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game
Written by Rob Ruck

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4807-8 (0-8070-4807-0)

From an award-winning writer, the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball

After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--a decline unimaginable in other men’s pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Roots of Steel
Boom and Bust in an American Mill Town
Written by Deborah Rudacille

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9589-6 (1-4000-9589-1)

As the American economy seeks to restructure itself, Roots of Steel is a powerful, candid, and eye-opening reminder of the people who have been left behind.

When Deborah Rudacille was a child in the working-class town of Dundalk, Maryland, a worker at the local Sparrows Point steel mill made more than enough... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Play Like You Mean It
Passion, Laughs, and Leadership in the World's Most Beautiful Game
Written by Rex Ryan

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74333-6 (0-307-74333-0)

“I want every player in the National Football League to want to play for the Jets, and I want every coach in the league to want to coach for the Jets, and we’re well on our way.” —Rex Ryan

Since Rex Ryan was made head coach of the New York Jets in... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stephen Sondheim
A Life
Written by Meryle Secrest

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94684-3 (0-307-94684-3)

The first and only full-scale and definitive biography of the most important composer-lyricist in musical theater today.

Drawing on personal conversations with Sondheim himself, as well as interviews with his friends, family, collaborators, and lovers, Secrest offers new insight into the enigmatic and very private Stephen Sondheim. Here, we learn about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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See America First
Tourism and National Identity 1880-1940
Written by Marguerite Shaffer

Format: Trade Paperback, 438 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2001
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-56098-976-9 (1-56098-976-9)

In See America First, Marguerite Shaffer chronicles the birth of modern American tourism between 1880 and 1940, linking tourism to the simultaneous growth of national transportation systems, print media, a national market, and a middle class with money and time to spend on leisure. Focusing on the See America First slogan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chicago's Nelson Algren

Written by Art Shay
Foreword by David Mamet

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-764-0 (1-58322-764-4)

Nelson Algren and Art Shay met in 1949 when Shay was a reporter for Life. Shay followed Algren around with a camera, gathering pictures for a photo-essay piece he was pitching to the magazine. Life didn’t pick up the article, but Shay and Algren became fast friends. Algren gave Shay’s camera... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dispatches from the New Frontier
Written by Hampton Sides

Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3355-3 (1-4000-3355-1)

Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . .Mormon archaeologists. . . Spelling bee prodigies…

For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for Outside, The New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life and Def
Sex, Drugs, Money, + God
Written by Russell Simmons

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 24, 2002
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80715-6 (0-609-80715-3)

Russell Simmons, the original and eternal hip-hop mogul, is one of the most innovative and influential figures in modern American business and culture. When no one outside of inner-city New York had even heard of hip-hop, Simmons saw the seeds of a global force that would change the way people talk... Read more >
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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Novel
Written by Curtis Sittenfeld

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 22, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7235-1 (0-8129-7235-X)


Curtis Sittenfeld's debut novel, Prep, is an insightful, achingly funny coming-of-age story as well as a brilliant dissection of class, race, and gender in a hothouse of adolescent angst and ambition.

Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Movie-Made America
A Cultural History of American Movies
Written by Robert Sklar

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75549-4 (0-679-75549-7)

Sklar has brought his classic and comprehensive study up-to-date with the addition of four new chapters that examine the revolutionary developments in film since 1975. Movie-Made America is an introduction to the world of film and a grand work of cultural criticism that examines film not only as an art form... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star
How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life
Written by Jacob Slichter

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1471-0 (0-7679-1471-6)

A hilarious inside look at the real business of popular music by the drummer of Semisonic that does for rock and roll what Jim Bouton's Ball Four did for baseball.

After years of working day jobs and making music in his basement, Jacob Slichter wondered if his dreams of rock stardom were... Read more >
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