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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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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 >
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Those Who Forget the Past
The Question of Anti-Semitism
Afterword by Cynthia Ozick
Edited by Ron Rosenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7203-0 (0-8129-7203-1)

"Rosenbaum's outstanding compilation of nearly 50 sharp essays has the advantage of not only displaying a wide range of views but juxtaposing pieces in debate with one another...This is an estimable collection and may find a place with course adopters as well as common readers." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

After the horrors... Read more >
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Say Everything
How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters
Written by Scott Rosenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45137-8 (0-307-45137-2)

Selected for Common Reading at The College of Saint Rose

Blogs are everywhere. They have exposed truths and spread rumors. Made and lost fortunes. Brought couples together and torn them apart. Toppled cabinet members and sparked grassroots movements. Immediate, intimate, and influential, they have put the power of personal publishing into... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Death, Trust and Society
Mapping Religion and Culture
Written by Lionel Rothkrug


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 1, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-551-5 (1-55643-551-7)

Lionel Rothkrug made his name 25 years ago by theorizing that just as a human personality is defined by how an individual organizes his or her powers to behave, so a society acquires personality in the exercise of its organizational powers. Death, Trust and Society revisits and expands on this concept... Read more >

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Trust is Not Enough
Bringing Human Rights to Medicine
Written by David J. Rothman and Sheila M. Rothman


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: June 6, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-140-0 (1-59017-140-3)

Addresses the issues at the heart of international medicine and social responsibility.

A number of international declarations have proclaimed that health care is a fundamental human right. But if we accept this broad commitment, how should we concretely define the state’s responsibility for the health of its citizens? Although there is growing... Read more >

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Colonial Encounters in a Native American Landscape
The Spanish and Dutch in North America
Written by Nan A. Rothschild


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-138-9 (1-58834-138-0)

A unique comparative study of colonial encounters between the Spanish in New Mexico and the Dutch in New York.

Nan A. Rothschild examines the process of colonialism in two separate areas of 17th-century North America seeking to answer several key questions: Where did each group live vis-à-vis the other? How entangled were... Read more >

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No Right to Remain Silent
What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Written by Lucinda Roy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-58770-1 (0-307-58770-3)

The world watched in horror in April 2007 when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a killing rampage that resulted in the deaths of thirty-two students and faculty members before he ended his own life.

Former Virginia Tech English department chair and distinguished professor Lucinda Roy saw the tragedy unfold... Read more >
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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 >
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Dataclysm
Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)
Written by Christian Rudder


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34737-2 (0-385-34737-5)

Professors: To request an advance reader's copy, email rhacademic@penguinrandomhouse.com

Dataclysm
is a look at what our online lives reveal about who we really are—and how this deluge of data will transform the science of human behavior. Christian Rudder, the founder of OKCupid, shows that, in the era of social media, a powerful... Read more >

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Fair America
World's Fairs in the United States
Written by Robert W. Rydell, John E. Findling and Kimberly Pelle


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-384-2 (1-56098-384-1)

Since their inception with New York’s Crystal Palace Exhibition in the mid-nineteenth century, world’s fairs have introduced Americans to “exotic” pleasures such as belly dancing and the Ferris Wheel; pathbreaking technologies such as telephones and X rays; and futuristic architectural, landscaping, and transportation schemes. Billed by their promoters as “encyclopedias of... Read more >
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Orientalism

Written by Edward W. Said


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1979
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74067-6 (0-394-74067-X)

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Updated with a new Afterword in 1994. In this acclaimed and now-classic work, Said examines the way in which the West has discovered, invented, and sought to control the East. Orientalism is a subtle and far-reaching critique of the attitudes that the West has traditionally assumed... Read more >
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Sham
How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless
Written by Steve Salerno


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 26, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5410-7 (1-4000-5410-9)

Americans spend upward of $8 billion every year on self-help programs and products. In SHAM, Salerno offers the first serious exposé of the Self-Help and Actualization Movement and presents what he views as the real damage it is doing—not just to its paying customers, but to all of American society.

SHAM... Read more >
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Havana Real
One Woman Fights to Tell the Truth about Cuba Today
Written by Yoani Sanchez
Translated by M. J. Porter


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: April 26, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-25-7 (1-935554-25-5)

She’s been kidnapped and beaten, lives under surveillance, and can only get online–in disguise–at tourist hotspots. She’s a blogger, she’s a Cuban, and she’s a worldwide sensation.

Yoani Sánchez is an unusual dissident: no street protests, no attacks on big politicos, no calls for revolution. Rather, she produces a simple diary about... Read more >
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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 >
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The Man Who Fell Into a Puddle
Israeli Lives
Written by Igal Sarna


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72477-0 (0-375-72477-X)

From one of Israel's leading investigative journalists, piercingly honest portraits of Israeli men and women who, in the face of brutal and desperate forces, try—often without success—to hold onto their past, their identity, their sanity, and their hope.

The son of a Holocaust survivor descends into paranoia, “swept away like a demon—ravaged... Read more >
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Tastes of Paradise
A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants
Written by Wolfgang Schivelbusch


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 29, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74438-2 (0-679-74438-X)

Schivelbusch chronicles how humanity transformed its history in the course of finding the rare condiments, stimulants, intoxicants, and narcotics—from coffee, tea, and chocolate to nutmeg, alcohol, and opium—that helped to make life more tolerable, and how the drive for these pleasure substances fueled the energies of the Old World with a... Read more >

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The New Digital Age
Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business
Written by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95713-9 (0-307-95713-6)

In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness.

Eric Schmidt is one of Silicon Valley’s great leaders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Life After Death
A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion
Written by Alan Segal


Format: Hardcover, 880 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-42299-4 (0-385-42299-7)

"This monumental study combines history, geography, mythology, archaeology and anthropology with biblical text analysis...[T]he erudition [Segal] displays is undoubtedly the result of a lifetime of scholarship....[An] impressive contribution to our understanding of human belief and behavior." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A magisterial work of social history, Life After Death illuminates the many... Read more >
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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal and Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-299-9 (1-78168-299-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-139-8 (1-78168-139-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Under the Influence
The Literature of Addiction
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse
Foreword by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75716-7 (0-375-75716-3)

Drawing on two centuries of important literary and historical writings, Rebecca Shannonhouse has shaped a remarkable collection of works that are, in turn, tragic, compelling, hilarious, and enlightening. Together, these selections comprise a profound and truthful portrait of the life experience known as addiction.

Under the Influence offers classic selections from fiction... Read more >

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The Optimism Bias
A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain
Written by Tali Sharot


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47351-6 (0-307-47351-1)

Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. Tali Sharot—one of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today—takes this a step further. Optimism, she shows, may in fact be crucial to our existence.

In this absorbing exploration, Sharot takes an in-depth, clarifying look at

•... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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New Passages

Written by Gail Sheehy


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40445-9 (0-345-40445-9)

The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood--beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five--are hopelessly out of date. In New Passages, Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier--a Second Adulthood in middle life.

"Stop and recalculate," Sheehy writes. "Imagine the day you turn forty-five as the infancy of another life."... Read more >
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1950s Childhood
Growing up in post-war Britain
Written by Janet Shepherd


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1235-7 (0-7478-1235-7)

The generation who grew up in Britain immediately after the Second World War are popularly called ‘The Baby Boomers’. As children, they experienced life in Britain from wartime austerity to the relative affluence of the late 1950s. Uniquely healthier and wealthier than previous generations, this first welfare state generation received free... Read more >
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