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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at... Read more >

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Strength in What Remains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7761-5 (0-8129-7761-0)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Caldwell College
Claremont McKenna College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Penn State Berks
Stanford University
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
University of Delaware
Western Michigan University

All Iowa Reads 2012
Reading Together 2011, Kalamazoo Public Library

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award


In Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder gives us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Psychopath Whisperer
The Science of Those Without Conscience
Written by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3584-4 (0-7704-3584-X)

Psychopaths have been in the spotlight for many years due to headlines and stories in the news and in movies. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?
 
This is the question Dr... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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I Live Here

Written by Mia Kirshner, J.B. MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42478-6 (0-375-42478-4)

I Live Here is a paper documentary–an intimate journey to humanitarian crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi.


~THE BOOK~

I Live Here is a visually stunning narrative — told through journals, stories, images, and graphic novellas — in... Read more >

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The Earth Knows My Name
Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans
Written by Patricia Klindienst


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8571-4 (0-8070-8571-5)

Patricia Klindienst crossed the country to write this book, inspired by a torn and faded photograph that shed new light on the story of her Italian immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to America. She gathered the stories of urban, suburban, and rural gardens created by people rarely presented in books about... Read more >

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Ashes to Ashes
America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Trium ph of Philip Morris
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 832 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 29, 1997
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70036-1 (0-375-70036-6)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

No book before this one has rendered the story of cigarettes -- mankind's most common self-destructive instrument and its most profitable consumer product -- with such sweep and enlivening detail.

Here for the first time, in a story full of the complexities and contradictions of human nature, all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him
The Pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients
Written by Sheldon Kopp


Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 1, 1982
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27832-3 (0-553-27832-0)

Using the myths of Gilgamesh, Siddhartha, and the Wife of Bath, and drawing from the works of Buber, Ginsberg, Shakespeare, and Jung, noted psychotherapist Sheldon B. Kopp explores how one’s individual identity builds on the legends and rituals of one’s culture, compounded with the epic of one’s own personal history. Includes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Amazing Grace
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3566-0 (0-7704-3566-1)

The author of Savage Inequalities, a New York Times best-seller, and Rachel and Her Children, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, tells the stories of a handful of children who have--through the love and support of their families and dedicated community leaders--not yet lost their battle with the perils... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Ashes
Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5247-9 (1-4000-5247-5)

In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Letters to a Young Teacher

Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 5, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39372-2 (0-307-39372-0)

“What a wonderful book! Anyone who cares about rebuilding our public education system should read it. I could not put it down!”
—Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a teacher today. The truth about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ordinary Resurrections
Children in the Years of Hope
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3567-7 (0-7704-3567-X)

In a stirring departure from his earlier work, Jonathan Kozol has written his most personal and hopeful book to date, an energized and unexpected answer to the bleakness of Death at an Early Age, the prize-winning classic that he published more than 30 years ago.

Like his most recent book, Amazing Grace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Savage Inequalities
Children in America's Schools
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3568-4 (0-7704-3568-8)

A searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty, cities and suburbs and the question of equal opportunity in the American educational system.
In 1988, Jonathan Kozol set off to spend time with children in the American publication education system. For two years, he visited schools and spoke with children... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Shame of the Nation
The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
Written by Jonathan Kozol


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 1, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5245-5 (1-4000-5245-9)

"The Shame of the Nation is a national wake-up call... It should be required reading."--Marian Wright Edelman, CEO and Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline. Since the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in... Read more >

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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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Here First
Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers
Edited by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swann


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 13, 2000
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75138-7 (0-375-75138-6)

Here First is an important new collection of essays by Native American writers compiled by Arnold Krupat and Brian Swann, the editors of I Tell You Now: Autobiographical Essays by Native American Writers. In Here First, authors such as Sherman Alexie, Greg Sarris, and Elizabeth Woody tell the stories of their... Read more >

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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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The Transcendental Temptation
A Critique of Religion and the Paranormal
Written by Paul Kurtz


Format: Trade Paperback, 516 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-827-0 (1-61614-827-6)

In this widely acclaimed and highly controversial book, Paul Kurtz examines the reasons why people accept supernatural and paranormal belief systems in spite of substantial evidence to the contrary.

According to the Kurtz, it is because there is within the human species a deeply rooted tendency toward magical thinking - the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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You Are Not a Gadget
A Manifesto
Written by Jaron Lanier


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38997-8 (0-307-38997-9)

A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Diet for a Small Planet

Written by Frances Moore Lappe


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37366-3 (0-345-37366-9)

Over twenty years ago Lappe broke new ground by teaching America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. She stresses how her philosophy remains valid, and how food remains the central issue through which to understand world politics. 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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Jumped In
What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption
Written by Jorja Leap


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4456-8 (0-8070-4456-3)

Jumped In tells the story of the gangs of Los Angeles in the words of the gang members themselves as well as the people who interact with them on a daily basis--trying to arrest them, control them, and help them. There are priests and police officers, murderers and drug dealers, victims... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Critique of Everyday Life

Written by Henri Lefebvre


Format: Trade Paperback, 944 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-317-0 (1-78168-317-4)

Henri Lefebvre’s three-volume Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work by one of the twentieth century’s greatest philosophers. Written at the birth of post-war consumerism, the Critique was a philosophical inspiration for the 1968 student revolution in France and is considered to be the founding text of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Worlding Project
Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization
Edited by Christopher Leigh Connery and Rob Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-680-2 (1-55643-680-7)

Globalization discourse now presumes that the “world space” is entirely at the mercy of market norms and forms promulgated by reactionary U.S. policies. An academic but accessible set of studies, this wide range of essays by noted scholars challenges this paradigm with diverse and strong arguments. Taking on topics that range... Read more >

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Myth and Meaning
Cracking the Code of Culture
Written by Claude Levi-Strauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1038-5 (0-8052-1038-5)

With a Foreword by Wendy Doniger. In this expanded collection of five lectures originally delivered on the Canadian radio series "Ideas," Lévi-Strauss offers the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.

"Myth and Meaning touches upon all of Lévi-Strauss's great methodological paradoxes: the... Read more >
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