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The Blue Notebook
A Novel
Written by James A. Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52872-6 (0-385-52872-8)

An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious fifteen-year-old girl from rural India who is sold into sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai’s Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Top of the Rock
Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV
Written by Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-73976-6 (0-307-73976-7)

Top of the Rock is an absorbing insiders’ account of an incredible time and place in television history: the years when Must See TV—led by Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends, ER, and Law & Order—made NBC an unstoppable success. Here the story is vividly told through the words of the actors, writers, producers... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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America's Public Holidays, 1865-1920

Written by Ellen M. Litwicki


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-061-0 (1-58834-061-9)

From the revered Memorial Day to the forgotten Lasties Day, America’s Public Holidays is a timely and thoughtful analysis of how the civic culture of America has been fashioned. By analyzing how holidays became a forum for expressing patriotism, how public tradition has been invented, and how the definition of America... Read more >

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Poetry After 9/11
An Anthology of New York Poets
Edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: August 16, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-000-6 (1-61219-000-6)

This 10th anniversary edition is an important and inspiring document from a defining moment in our nation’s history. There will be great interest as the events of 9/11 are commemorated and analyzed on the 10-year anniversary.

A sweeping collection of poems, written in the year after the 9/11 attacks, by all New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27727-5 (0-307-27727-5)

A bold approach to understanding the American evangelical experience from an anthropological and psychological perspective by one of the country's most prominent anthropologists.

Through a series of intimate, illuminating interviews with various members of the Vineyard, an evangelical church with hundreds of congregations across the country, Tanya Luhrmann leaps into the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When God Talks Back
Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God
Written by T.M. Luhrmann


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26479-4 (0-307-26479-3)

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals? How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being and sustain that belief in an environment of overwhelming skepticism? T. M. Luhrmann, an anthropologist trained in psychology and the acclaimed author of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Unbowed
A Memoir
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27520-2 (0-307-27520-5)

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Masscult and Midcult
Essays Against the American Grain
Written by Dwight Macdonald
Edited by John Summers
Introduction by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-447-0 (1-59017-447-X)

Political radical, trenchant essayist, and impresario of the New York intellectuals, Dwight Macdonald was one of the towering figures of twentieth-century American letters. In his most famous and controversial essay, “Masscult and Midcult”, MacDonald turns his formidable critical attention to what he sees as a new, and potentially catastrophic, development in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All Souls
A Family Story from Southie
Written by Michael Patrick MacDonald


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7213-4 (0-8070-7213-3)

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All Souls
takes us deep into Michael Patrick MacDonald’s Southie, the proudly insular neighborhood with the highest concentration of white poverty in America. Rocked by Whitey Bulger’s crime schemes and busing riots, MacDonald’s Southie... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Travels with a Tangerine
From Morocco to Turkey in the Footsteps of Islam's Greatest Traveler
Written by Tim Mackintosh-Smith
Illustrated by Martin Yeoman


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7164-4 (0-8129-7164-7)

In 1325, the great Arab traveler Ibn Battutah set out from his native Tangier in North Africa on pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned nearly thirty years later, he had seen most of the known world, covering three times the distance allegedly traveled by the great Venetian explorer Marco... Read more >

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And Their Children After Them
The Legacy of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: James Agee, Walker Evans, and the Rise and Fall of Cotton in the South
Written by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson
Foreword by Carl Mydans


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-657-5 (1-58322-657-5)

Winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

In And Their Children After Them, the writer/photographer team Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson return to the land and families captured in James Agee and Walker Evans’s inimitable Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, extending the project of conscience and chronicling the traumatic decline... Read more >

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Homeland

Written by Dale Maharidge
Photographed by Michael Williamson


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: August 2, 2005
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-681-0 (1-58322-681-8)

Homeland is Pulitzer Prize winning author Maharidge’s biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society-common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation. Here are American families who can no longer pay... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Why Are We at War?

Written by Norman Mailer


Format: Trade Paperback, 126 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7111-8 (0-8129-7111-6)

“Because democracy is noble, it is always endangered. Nobility, indeed, is always in danger. Democracy is perishable. I think the natural government for most people, given the uglier depths of human nature, is fascism. Fascism is more of a natural state than democracy. To assume blithely that we can export democracy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Class A
Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere
Written by Lucas Mann


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94975-2 (0-307-94975-3)

An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself.

Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Greetings from Bury Park

Written by Sarfraz Manzoor


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38802-5 (0-307-38802-6)

Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hard Corps
From Gangster to Marine Hero
Written by Marco Martinez


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38305-1 (0-307-38305-9)

At the age of seventeen, Marco Martinez was a thug
At the age of twenty-two, he was a hero

Hard Corps tells the story of a young man’s incredible transformation from gun-toting gang member to recipient of the Navy Cross, the second-highest honor a U.S. Marine can receive. Gritty, riveting, and ultimately inspiring... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Men's Lives

Written by Peter Matthiessen


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1988
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75560-1 (0-394-75560-X)

An eloquent portrayal of a disappearing way of life of the Long Island fishermen whose voices--humorous, bitter and bewildered--are as clear as the threatened beauty of their once quiet shore. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Salaam, Love
American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy
Edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7975-1 (0-8070-7975-8)

From the editors of the groundbreaking anthology Love, InshAllah comes a provocative new exploration of the most intimate parts of Muslim men’s lives. 
 
Muslim men are stereotyped as either oversexed Casanovas willing to die for seventy-two virgins in heaven or controlling, big-bearded husbands ready to rampage at the hint of dishonor. The truth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Born to Run
A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Written by Christopher McDougall


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27918-7 (0-307-27918-9)

An epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt?

Isolated by Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, the blissful Tarahumara Indians of have honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury. In a riveting narrative, award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, Chris McDougall sets out to... Read more >

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Radical Cities
Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture
Written by Justin McGuirk


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-280-7 (1-78168-280-1)

In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving.

Ever since the mid twentieth century, when... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age of Missing Information

Written by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7607-6 (0-8129-7607-X)

“Highly personal and original . . . McKibben goes beyond Marshall McLuhan’s theory that the medium is the message.”
——The New York Times

Imagine watching an entire day’s worth of television on every single channel. Acclaimed environmental writer and culture critic Bill McKibben subjected himself to this sensory overload in an experiment... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns
Written by Wendy Melillo


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-393-2 (1-58834-393-6)

How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. The Ad Council began during World War II as a propaganda arm of President Roosevelt’s administration to preserve... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Colonizer and the Colonized

Written by Albert Memmi
Afterword by Susan Gibson Miller
Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 8, 1991
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0301-5 (0-8070-0301-8)

First published in English in 1965, this timeless classic explores the psychological effects of colonialism on colonized and colonizers alike.

“Confiscated by colonial police throughout the world since its 1957 publication, The Colonizer and the Colonized is an important document of our times, an invaluable warning for all future generations.” -The Los... Read more >

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I, Rigoberta Menchu
An Indian Woman in Guatemala
Written by Rigoberta Menchu
Edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
Translated by Ann Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-418-3 (1-84467-418-5)

Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America. Menchú suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: her brother, father and mother were murdered by the Guatemalan military. She learned Spanish and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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