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Stuffed and Starved
The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Written by Raj Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-127-0 (1-61219-127-4)

Adopted for Freshman and Common Reading Programs at:
Wagner College
Skagit Valley Community College
San Jose State University (finalist)

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years

It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Family of Adoption
Completely Revised and Updated
Written by Joyce Maguire Pavao


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 20, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2827-8 (0-8070-2827-4)

Full of stories that give insight into a wide variety of adoption issues, now revised in light of recent developments, The Family of Adoption is a powerful argument for the right kind of openness in adoption. Joyce Maguire Pavao uses her thirty years of experience as a family and adoption therapist... Read more >

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Nothing and Everything - The Influence of Buddhism on the American Avant Garde
1942 - 1962
Written by Ellen Pearlman


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-363-2 (1-58394-363-3)

In America in the late 1950s and early 60s, the world–and life itself–became a legitimate artist’s tool, aligning with Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on “enlightenment at any moment” and living in the now. Simultaneously and independently, parallel movements were occurring in Japan, as artists there, too, strove to break down artistic boundaries... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps
How We're Different and What to Do About It
Written by Allan Pease and Barbara Pease


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 19, 2001
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0763-7 (0-7679-0763-9)

Drawing on current research in evolutionary psychology and biology, Barbara and Allan Pease put forth a compelling, controversial, and clever argument-that men and women are, indeed, born different and, as such, are different.

Supported by research cited in their book, they suggest that who we are and what we are capable... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A World Waiting to Be Born
Civility Rediscovered
Written by M. Scott Peck


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37317-2 (0-553-37317-X)

This work by M. Scott Peck, M.D., offers a prescription for a deeply ailing society.

Peck recognizes society's illness as its Incivility--morally destructive patterns of self-absorption, callousness, manipulativeness, and materialism so ingrained in our routine behavior that we do not even recognize them.

Using examples from his own life, case histories, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slow Food Nation
Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair
Written by Carlo Petrini
Translated by Clara Furlan and Jonathan Hunt
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2945-3 (0-8478-2945-6)

By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling Fast Food Nation and other recent books have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Remembering War the American Way

Written by G. Kurt Piehler


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-145-7 (1-58834-145-3)

Wars do not fully end when the shooting stops. As G. Kurt Piehler reveals in this book, after every conflict from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf War, Americans have argued about how and for what deeds and heroes wars should be remembered.

Drawing on sources ranging from government documents to Embalmer’s... Read more >

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Aching for Beauty
Footbinding in China
Written by Wang Ping


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72136-3 (0-385-72136-6)

In this award-winning inquiry into the centuries-old custom of footbinding, poet, novelist, and scholar Wang Ping offers a fresh perspective on a shocking practice.

By first examining the root of her own girlhood desire for tiny feet–years after footbinding had been outlawed in China–Wang unleashes a fascinating exploration of the history... Read more >

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Hunger Pains

Written by Mary Pipher, Ph.d.


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 21, 1997
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-41393-2 (0-345-41393-8)

In Hunger Pains Dr. Mary Pipher offers advice, counsel, and practical solutions for young women dealing with eating disorders and other problems. The rates of anorexia, bulimia, and depression for women are the highest they have ever been; signs show that the age of women susceptible to these problems is decreasing... Read more >


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August 26, 2014
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The Disunited States

Written by Vladimir Pozner
Translated by Alison Strayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-531-9 (1-60980-531-3)

Influential French novelist, screenwriter, pioneer in literary genre and Oscar nominee Vladimir Pozner came to the United States in the 1930s. He found the nation and its people in a state of profound material and spiritual crisis, and took it upon himself to chronicle the life of the worker, the striker... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Long Life, Honey in the Heart

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 20, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-538-6 (1-55643-538-X)

Martín Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and... Read more >

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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-587-4 (1-55643-587-8)

Following the acclaimed Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, this is an expansive, lyrical novel in the tradition of indigenous oral storytelling. Based on the author's many years of living in a Guatemalan village, Stealing Benefacio's Roses interweaves dramatic recountings of village life and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Enough Moment
Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes
Written by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-46482-8 (0-307-46482-2)

In their New York Times bestseller, Not On Our Watch, human rights activist John Prendergast and Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle focused the world’s attention on genocide in Sudan by offering readers strategies on how to take action to end the tragedies. Now this duo is back with a continued call to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Influence of Affluence
How the New Rich Are Changing America
Written by Russ Alan Prince and Lewis Schiff


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-51928-1 (0-385-51928-1)

A compelling look at a new class of the affluent - the middle-class millionaires – whose attitudes and values are influencing and reshaping American life

In this groundbreaking book, Russ Alan Prince and Lewis Schiff examine the far-reaching impact of the middle class millionaires–people who enjoy a net worth ranging from one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pretty Is What Changes
Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny
Written by Jessica Queller


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52041-6 (0-385-52041-7)

A timely, affecting memoir from the front lines of medical science: When genetics can predict how we may die, how then do we decide how to live?

Eleven months after her mother succumbs to cancer, Jessica Queller has herself tested for the BRCA “breast cancer” gene mutation. The results come back positive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Culture Code
An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do
Written by Clotaire Rapaille


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2057-5 (0-7679-2057-0)

In The Culture Code, internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations shed light not just on business but on the way every human being acts... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ecology, Meaning, and Religion

Written by Roy A. Rappaport


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: February 3, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-938190-27-1 (0-938190-27-X)

"While many anthropologists of various epistemological persuasions would perhaps dismiss such topics as the business of priests rather than of scientists, Rappaport correctly perceives that the problem of man's religious consciousness is not only a legitimate object of anthropological study, it might well be the most critical test to which any... Read more >

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A World Apart
Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
Written by Cristina Rathbone


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7109-5 (0-8129-7109-4)

The picture that emerges is both astounding and enraging. Women reveal the agonies of separation from family, and the prevalence of depression, and of sexual predation, and institutional malaise behind bars. But they also share their more personal hopes and concerns. There is horror in prison for sure, but Rathbone insists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why They Kill
The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70248-8 (0-375-70248-2)

Why They Kill explores the discoveries of a maverick American criminologist, Dr. Lonnie Athens—himself the child of a violent family—which challenge conventional theories about violent behavior. By interviewing violent criminals in prison, Dr. Athens has identified a pattern of social development common to all seriously violent people—a four-stage process he calls... Read more >

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Charisma
The Gift of Grace, and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us
Written by Philip Rieff


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27753-4 (0-307-27753-4)

Charisma has come to be understood today as a special gift or talent that celebrities–artistic performers, athletes, movie stars, or political leaders–possess, a quality that makes their lives exemplary and transforms them into objects of universal appeal or attraction.

In Charisma, Philip Rieff explores the emergence and evolution of this mysterious and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God Believes in Love
Straight Talk About Gay Marriage
Written by Gene Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94809-0 (0-307-94809-9)

From the IX Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, the first openly gay person elected to the episcopate and the world’s leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and gay marriage—a groundbreaking book that persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument.

Robinson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Culture & Truth
The Remaking of Social Analysis
Written by Renato Rosaldo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1993
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4623-4 (0-8070-4623-X)

Exposing the inadequacies of old conceptions of static cultures and detached observers, the book argues instead for social science to acknowledge and celebrate diversity, narrative, emotion, and subjectivity. Read more >


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September 9, 2014
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Maranoia
Weed, Greed, and the End of California
Written by David Rose


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-186-7 (1-61219-186-X)

When Californians voted on Proposition 19–the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act–in November 2010, many expected the state to become the first to fully legalize a Schedule I drug. After all, the pro-legalization movement had huge popular support, medical marijuana was already legal, and, well, pot was the state’s biggest agricultural... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sammy Wong, All-American

Written by Charley Rosen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-545-6 (1-60980-545-3)

Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball—among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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