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Campus Life

Written by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82969-6 (0-307-82969-3)

Every generation of college students, no matter how different from its predecessor, has been an enigma to faculty and administration, to parents, and to society in general. Watching today’s students “holding themselves in because they had to get A’s not only on tests but on deans’ reports and recommendations,” Helen Lefkowitz... Read more >

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Crowdsourcing
Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business
Written by Jeff Howe


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39621-1 (0-307-39621-5)

Why does Procter & Gamble repeatedly call on enthusiastic amateurs to solve scientific and technical challenges? How can companies as diverse as iStockphoto and Threadless employ just a handful of people, yet generate millions of dollars in revenue every year?

"Crowdsourcing" is how the power of the many can be leveraged... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Hybrid Tiger
Secrets of the Extraordinary Success of Asian-American Kids
Written by Quanyu Huang


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-851-5 (1-61614-851-9)

Why do Asian and Asian-American students consistently perform so well on standardized tests? Why are students of Asian descent disproportionately admitted to America’s top colleges?

This informative and entertainingly written comparison of educational methods in America and China answers these questions and more, while assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each culture’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Heroes
A History of Hero Worship
Written by Lucy Hughes-Hallett


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 5, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7979-7 (1-4000-7979-9)

Beginning beneath the walls of Troy and culminating in 1930s Europe, a magisterial exploration of the nature of heroism in Western civilization.

In this riveting and insightful cultural history, Lucy Hughes-Hallett brings to life eight exceptional men from history and myth to explore our timeless need for heroes. As she re-creates these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Somalis in Maine
Crossing Cultural Currents
Afterword by Ahmed I. Samatar
Edited by Kimberly A. Huisman, Mazie Hough, Kristin M. Langellier and Carol Nordstrom Toner


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-926-1 (1-55643-926-1)

Lewiston, a mill town of about thirty-six thousand people, is the second-largest city in Maine. It is also home to some three thousand Somali refugees. After initially being resettled in larger cities elsewhere, Somalis began to arrive in Lewiston by the dozens, then the hundreds, after hearing stories of Maine’s attractions... Read more >

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Homo Ludens
A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Written by Johan Huizinga


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4681-4 (0-8070-4681-7)

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The Gift
Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World
Written by Lewis Hyde


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27950-7 (0-307-27950-2)

By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. Widely available again after twenty-five years, this book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An... Read more >
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The Most Expensive Game in Town
The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families
Written by Mark Hyman


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0136-3 (0-8070-0136-8)

Building on the eye-opening investigation into the damaging effects of the ultra-competitive culture of youth sports in his previous book, Until It Hurts, Mark Hyman’s new book looks at the business of youth sports, how it has changed, and how it is affecting young Americans. Examining the youth sports economy from... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Until It Hurts
America's Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids
Written by Mark Hyman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2119-4 (0-8070-2119-9)

Every year, more than 3.5 million children under age fifteen require medical treatment for sports injuries, nearly half of which are the result of simple overuse. Journalist Mark Hyman investigates the evolution of youth sports from mere games to full-on quests to turn children into tomorrow’s superstar athletes by pushing them... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Assholes
A Theory
Written by Aaron James


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7135-9 (0-8041-7135-1)

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Assholes
A Theory
Written by Aaron James


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53565-6 (0-385-53565-1)

In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8115-5 (0-8129-8115-4)

Expanded paperback edition of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller features 16 pages of new material, including 3 new songs decoded.

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

Decoded is a book like no other: a collection of lyrics and their meanings that together tell the story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and one of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Lost Boy
The True Story of One Man's Exile from a Polygamist Cult and His Brave Journey to Reclaim His Life
Written by Brent W. Jeffs and Maia Szalavitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3178-6 (0-7679-3178-5)

In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Bloody Falls of the Coppermine
Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands
Written by Mckay Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7537-6 (0-8129-7537-5)

In the winter of 1913, high in the Canadian Arctic, two Catholic priests set out on a dangerous mission to reach a group of Eskimos and convert them. Upon reaching their destination, the priests were murdered. Over the next three years, one of the Arctic’s most tragic stories became one of... Read more >
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The Lawn
A History of an American Obsession
Written by Virgina Jenkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 1994
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-406-1 (1-56098-406-6)

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front... Read more >

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Outcast London
A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society
Written by Gareth Stedman Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-012-4 (1-78168-012-4)

At the time the largest city in the world, Victorian London intrigued and appalled politicians, clergymen, novelists and social investigators. Dickens, Mayhew, Booth, Gissing and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, developed a morbid fascination with its sullied streets and the sensational gulf between London classes. Outcast London  explores the London economy, in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials
The Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety
Written by Wendy Kaminer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75886-0 (0-679-75886-0)

In Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials, social critic Wendy Kaminer illuminates the various ways in which society has come to value emotion over reason, faith over fact, and argues that declarations of intense belief have largely taken the place of rational discourse. In a world in which "How do you feel," seems to... Read more >

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The United States of Arugula
The Sun Dried, Cold Pressed, Dark Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution
Written by David Kamp


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 17, 2007
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1580-9 (0-7679-1580-1)

“With the sweep of an epic novel, David Kamp takes us behind the scenes and into the sweaty, wacky, weird trenches of the Great American Food Revolution. His reporting is solid, his storytelling magnificent, and his good humor is seemingly inexhaustible . . . . a terrific book.” —Molly O’Neill
“Culturally aware... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hooked!
Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume
Edited by Stephanie Kaza


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-172-2 (1-59030-172-2)

According to the contributors to this unique anthology, Buddhism can shed valuable light on humanity's compulsion to consume. Craving and attachment—how they arise and how to free ourselves of them—are central themes of Buddhist thought. The writings in this volume, most of which have never been previously published, offer fresh perspectives... Read more >

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The Cult of the Amateur
How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values
Written by Andrew Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52081-2 (0-385-52081-6)

A polemic describing the dark consequences of the new digital economy, dubbed Web 2.0, on our culture, our
standards, and our commerce. Building on the controversial arguments he posed in a much talked-about
2-part article that ran in The Weekly Standard in February 2006, Silicon Valley dissident Andrew Keen
condemns the new digital media... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fire in the Belly
On Being a Man
Written by Sam Keen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 1, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35137-8 (0-553-35137-0)

Fire in the Belly is the seminal study of masculinity that, since its publication in 1991, has become a classic of the Men’s Movement. Keen begins by exploring WOMAN: the “larger-than-life,” “shadowy” psychological construct that influences men’s lives, distinct from real flesh-and-blood women. Proposing that men cannot find themselves without first... Read more >
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On Bullfighting

Written by A. L. Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72081-6 (0-385-72081-5)

An Anchor Books Original

One day, on the brink of despair and contemplating her own mortality, novelist A. L. Kennedy is offered an assignment she can’t refuse–an opportunity to travel to Spain and cover a sport that represents the ultimate confrontation with death: bullfighting.

The result is this remarkable book, which takes Kennedy... Read more >

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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)


Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University and the University of California - Santa Barbara


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... 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 >
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