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Fortress America
On the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Written by Matthew Brzezinski


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38253-2 (0-553-38253-5)

Heavily armed guards at the entrances to malls and restaurants. Citizens deemed “suspicious” taken away without formal charges or legal counsel. Would a “safe” America even look like America anymore?

One of the few journalists to penetrate the new counter terror initiative, Matthew Brzezinski offers an insider’s look at the new technology... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Zones
Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
Written by Dan Buettner


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0400-5 (1-4262-0400-0)

With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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Among the Thugs

Written by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74535-8 (0-679-74535-1)

They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Secrets of Mariko
A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family
Written by Elisabeth Bumiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77262-0 (0-679-77262-6)

Following a housewife named Mariko through the course of a year, this remarkable and revealing book offers an intimate look at the emotional, spiritual, and social lives of Japanese women and men.  Elisabeth Bumiller, a reporter for The Washington Post, somehow managed to break through Mariko's instinctive reserve and, in observing her... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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L.A. Noir
The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
Written by John Buntin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35208-8 (0-307-35208-0)

L.A. Noir tells the history of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s in America's dream city, beginning when the end of Prohibition left organized crime looking for a new way to exert influence and make a living. The Mob had to contend with downtown businesses, City Hall, and, above all, the LAPD... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fast Future
How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping our World
Written by David D. Burstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3322-7 (0-8070-3322-7)

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

With eighty-million millennials (people who are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Fast Future
How the Millennial Generation Is Shaping Our World
Written by David D. Burstein


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4469-8 (0-8070-4469-5)

They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.

With eighty-million millennials (people who are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Unknown Capoeira
Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art
Written by Mestre Ricardo Cachorro


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Blue Snake Books
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-231-4 (1-58394-231-9)

Capoeira, a fascinating hybrid of martial art, game, and dance, has long captivated practitioners in all those areas of interest worldwide. Originating in Brazil, the form has been traced back to the 16th century, created and developed by slaves brought from Africa. Written by a legendary master, Unknown Capoeira examines the... Read more >

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Quiet
The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Written by Susan Cain


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35215-6 (0-307-35215-3)

An ALA Notable Book of 2012
Named a "Best Book of 2012" by Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal
Selected for Common Reading at Case Western Reserve University and Rice University

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent... Read more >

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Reflections on the Revolution In Europe
Immigration, Islam and the West
Written by Christopher Caldwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27675-9 (0-307-27675-9)

This provocative and unflinching analysis of Europe’s unexpected demographic revolution focuses on the increasingly assertive Muslim populations shaping the continent’s future.

Europe’s half century of mass immigration has failed to produce an American melting pot and is now faced with a serious problem for which there is no easy solution. Based on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
Written by Thad Carhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75862-1 (0-375-75862-3)

Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign—Desforges Pianos—he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lessons of Terror
A History of Warfare Against Civilians
Written by Caleb Carr


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76074-7 (0-375-76074-1)

In The Lessons of Terror, military historian Caleb Carr examines terrorism throughout history, to the very roots of our present crisis, and ultimately reaches a provocative set of conclusions: the practice of targeting enemy civilians is as old as warfare itself; it has always failed as a military and political tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hollowing Out the Middle
The Rural Brain Drain and What It Means for America
Written by Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0614-6 (0-8070-0614-9)

In 2001, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to understand the rural brain drain and the exodus of young people from America’s countryside. Articles and books–notably Richard Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class–celebrate the migration of highly productive and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Culture of Disbelief

Written by Stephen L. Carter


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47498-6 (0-385-47498-9)

In The Culture of Disbelief, Stephen L. Carter explains the vital separation of church and state while embracing rather than trivializing the faith of millions of citizens or treating religious believers with disdain. Carter uses liberal means to arrive at what are often considered conservative ends. Explaining how preserving a special... Read more >

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Thank You and Ok!
An American Zen Failure in Japan
Written by David Chadwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-470-9 (1-59030-470-5)

David Chadwick began his Zen study under the legendary Japanese master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1966. Much later, Suzuki Roshi’s successor said of Chadwick: “Years of expensive Zen training gone to waste.”

In 1988 Chadwick flew to Japan to begin a four-year period of voluntary exile and remedial education. In THANK YOU... Read more >

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Factory Girls
From Village to City in a Changing China
Written by Leslie T. Chang


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 4, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52018-8 (0-385-52018-2)

Winner of the 2009 Asian American Literary Award For Nonfiction, given by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction
A New York Times Notable Book of 2008
One of the Washington Post’s best books of 2008
A Seattle Times best nonfiction book of 2008
One of the Christian... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Take Our Jobs!
And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4156-7 (0-8070-4156-4)

Claims that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World on Fire
How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability
Written by Amy Chua


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72186-8 (0-385-72186-2)

“A profound book, written in plain English, and challenging the very foundations of some glib—and dangerous—assumptions behind American foreign policy. This book should be read in the highest circles of decision-making, as well as by all those who like to consider themselves ‘thinking people.’ It should provoke some re-thinking—and, for some... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Glass, Paper, Beans
Revolutions on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things
Written by Leah Hager Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 17, 1998
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49257-7 (0-385-49257-X)

Once upon a time we knew the origins of things: what piece of earth the potato on our dinner plate came from, which well our water was dipped from, who cobbled our shoes, and whose cow provided the leather. In many parts of the world, that information is still readily available... Read more >

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A Consumers' Republic
The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America
Written by Lizabeth Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70737-7 (0-375-70737-9)

The three decades after World War II are often heralded as a “Golden Era” of American affluence. But as Lizabeth Cohen makes clear, the pursuit of prosperity defined much more than the nation’s economy; it also became a basic component of American citizenship. Consumers were encouraged to buy not just for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7855-1 (0-8129-7855-2)

“Outstanding . . . [Isobel Coleman] takes us into remote villages and urban bureaucracies to find the brave men and women working to create change in the Middle East.”—Los Angeles Times

In this timely and important book, Isobel Coleman shows how Muslim women and men across the Middle East are working within... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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