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How I Learned English
55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life
Written by Tom Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0097-7 (1-4262-0097-8)

All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino—and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve... Read more >

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The American Way of Death Revisited

Written by Jessica Mitford


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77186-9 (0-679-77186-7)

Thirty-five years ago, Jessica Mitford's savage and hilarious The American Way of Death was a number one bestseller and occasioned new legislation intended to reform the funeral industry. By the time of her death in 1996, Mitford had nearly finished a complete revision of that long out-of-print book--demonstrating, with her genius... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Honeymoon in Tehran
Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran
Written by Azadeh Moaveni


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7790-5 (0-8129-7790-4)

Azadeh Moaveni, longtime Middle East correspondent for Time magazine, returns to Iran to cover the rise of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Living and working in Tehran, she finds a nation that openly yearns for freedom and contact with the West but whose economic grievances and nationalist spirit find an outlet in Ahmadinejad’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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American Farmer
The Heart of Our Country
Text by Katrina Fried
Photographed by Paul Mobley


Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: May 13, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-129-6 (1-59962-129-0)

Unprecedented in scale, quality and design, The American Farmer is the first visual book to celebrate the iconic men and women whose lives and legacies are at the heart of The U.S.’s cultural identity. In the narrative spirit of Studs Terkel’s Working, author Katrina Fried and photographer Paul Mobley showcase more... Read more >

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Prayer in America
A Spiritual History of Our Nation
Written by James P. Moore, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 542 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 18, 2007
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50404-1 (0-385-50404-7)

A stirring chronicle of the spiritual life of a nation, Prayer in America shows how the faith of Americans—from the founding fathers to corporate tycoons, from composers to social reformers, from generals to slaves—was an essential ingredient in the formation of American culture, character, commerce, and creed.

Prayer in America brings... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker... Read more >

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Supergods
What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
Written by Grant Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: June 26, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8138-4 (0-8129-8138-3)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. They are on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and in our dreams. But what... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 18, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8219-0 (0-8129-8219-3)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese and seventy pounds of sugar. Every day, we ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from the shakers on our table. It... Read more >

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Salt Sugar Fat
How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Written by Michael Moss


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6980-4 (1-4000-6980-7)

Selected for Common Reading at Virginia Commonwealth University and Southwest Virginia Governor's School

From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the fascinating story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. In Salt Sugar Fat, Michael Moss demonstrates how... Read more >

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Coming Apart
The State of White America, 1960-2010
Written by Charles Murray


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Forum
On Sale: January 31, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45342-6 (0-307-45342-1)

In Coming Apart, Charles Murray explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity.

Drawing on five decades... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Autobiography of a Blue-eyed Devil
My Life and Times in a Racist, Imperialist Society
Written by Inga Muscio


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-520-3 (1-60980-520-8)

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to the cult classic Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6918-7 (1-4000-6918-1)

Selected for Common Reading at Philadelphia University

Love your work, work for what you love, and change the world—all at the same time.

What matters most to you? Should you focus on earning a living, pursuing your passions, or devoting yourself to the causes that inspire you? The surprising truth is that you... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Cleanest Race
How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters
Written by B.R. Myers


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-935554-34-9 (1-935554-34-4)

Understanding North Korea through its propaganda

What do the North Koreans really believe? How do they see themselves and the world around them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, presents the first full-length study of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on extensive research into... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology

Written by National Geographic


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0373-2 (1-4262-0373-X)

Complementing our enormously successful offerings on the bible and history, National Geographic Essential Visual History of World Mythology encompasses myths and creation stories from around the globe. It presents a palm-size overview of culture-defining myths, from ancient Egyptian deities to the Vedic gods of India...from Maya, Inca, and Aztec legends to... Read more >

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Women of Vision
National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Written by National Geographic
Afterword by Elizabeth Crist
Foreword by Ann Curry
Introduction by Chris Johns


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1272-7 (1-4262-1272-0)

Women photographers have produced many of National Geographic’s most powerful photo-narratives of the past decade. These talented photojournalists are celebrated in this captivating photography book, covering places and subjects around the globe and sharing the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic magazine, with more... Read more >

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Foreign Gods, Inc.

Written by Okey Ndibe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: October 7, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-61695-458-1 (1-61695-458-2)

Foreign Gods, Inc. is a meditation on the dreams, promises and frustrations of the immigrant life in America; the nature and impact of religious conflicts; an examination of the ways in which modern culture creates or heightens infatuation with the “exotic,” including the desire to own strange objects and hanker after... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Story of My People

Written by Edoardo Nesi


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-554-9 (1-59051-554-4)

Winner - 2011 Strega Prize

Starting from his family’s textile factory in Prato, Tuscany, Edoardo Nesi examines the recent shifts in Italy’s manufacturing industry. Only one generation ago, Prato was a thriving industrial center that prided itself on craftsmanship and quality. But during the last decade, cheaply made goods–produced overseas or in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Missing Class
Portraits of the Near Poor in America
Written by Katherine Newman and Victor Tan Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 1, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4140-6 (0-8070-4140-8)

Named one of the Best Business Books of 2007 by Library Journal

The Missing Class gives voice to the 54 million Americans, including 21 percent of the nation’s children, who are sandwiched between poor and middle class. While government programs help the needy and politicians woo the more fortunate, the “Missing Class”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Accordion Family
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0745-7 (0-8070-0745-5)

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties stuck in their parents’ homes in the world’s wealthiest countries?

There’s no question that globalization has drastically changed the cultural landscape across the world. The cost of living is rising, and high unemployment rates have created an untenable economic climate that has severely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Accordion Family
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0743-3 (0-8070-0743-9)

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties boomeranging back to or never leaving their parents’ homes in the world’s wealthiest countries? Acclaimed sociologist Katherine Newman addresses this phenomenon in this timely and original book that uncovers fascinating links between globalization and the failure-to-launch trend. With over 300 interviews conducted in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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No Shame in My Game
The Working Poor in the Inner City
Written by Katherine S. Newman


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70379-9 (0-375-70379-9)

An anthropologist's view of inner-city poverty which radically differs from the picture we get of the poor in the media, in the political sphere, and in scholarly studies.

In No Shame in My Game, anthropologist Katherine Newman presents a view of inner-city poverty radically different from that commonly accepted. The all-too-prevalent picture... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul
In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
Written by Jenny Nordberg


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 16, 2014
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95249-3 (0-307-95249-5)

Forthcoming September, 2014.  To request a FREE advance reader's copy, email: rhacademic@randomhouse.com

“[A] searing exposé…Nordberg's subtle, sympathetic reportage makes this one of the most convincing portraits of Afghan culture in print.” –Publishers Weekly [starred]

“As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg’s conclusion—that women’s rights are essential to ‘building peaceful civilizations’—is... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Down at the Docks

Written by Rory Nugent


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72013-7 (0-385-72013-0)

In the opening pages of Moby Dick, Herman Melville called New Bedford, Massachusetts, “the dearest place to live in, in all of New England.” But the old fishing port and manufacturing center—once one of the richest cities in New England—has withered in the modern economy. Its once-prosperous fishermen now struggle with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lonely American
Drifting Apart in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Jacqueline Olds


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2010
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0035-9 (0-8070-0035-3)

In today’s world, it is more acceptable to be depressed than to be lonely-yet loneliness appears to be the inevitable byproduct of our frenetic contemporary lifestyle. According to the 2004 General Social Survey, one out of four Americans talked to no one about something of importance to them during the last... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gay in America

Photographed by Scott Pasfield


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-104-3 (1-59962-104-5)

In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives.

Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting... Read more >
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