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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools
Written by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3282-4 (0-8070-3282-4)

Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Snob Zones
Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate
Written by Lisa Prevost


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0157-8 (0-8070-0157-0)

Towns with strict zoning are the best towns, aren't they? They're all about preserving local "character," protecting the natural environment, and maintaining attractive neighborhoods. Right?

In this bold challenge to conventional wisdom, Lisa Prevost strips away the quaint façades of these desirable towns to reveal the uglier impulses behind their proud... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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New Orleans Under Reconstruction

Written by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot
Foreword by Mike Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-272-2 (1-78168-272-0)

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable communities the hardest: the old, the poor and the African American. The... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Sex, Death and God in L.A.

Written by David Reid


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-5012-5 (0-8041-5012-5)

Los Angeles is the labyrinth at the end of the American Dream, a city often celebrated, often condemned—rarely understood. In this fascinating and unusual collection David Reid has gathered together the novelists, journalists, and cultural critics who could best debunk the myths, define the truths, and decipher the strange iconography of... Read more >

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Hearts and Hands, Second Edition
Creating Community in Violent Times
Written by Luis J. Rodriguez


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-553-1 (1-60980-553-4)

Hearts and Hands focuses on healing through community building. Empowered by thirty years of experience with gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago, Rodríguez offers a unique book of change. He makes concrete suggestions, shows how we can create nonviolent opportunities for youth today, and redirects kids into productive and satisfying lives... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nashville's Lower Broad
The Street That Music Made
Written by Bill Rouda


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2004
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-094-8 (1-58834-094-5)

Like Beale Street in Memphis and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Lower Broadway was the heart of the country music scene in Nashville, the place where locals could rub elbows with stars and impromptu jam sessions could last late into the night. But after the Grand Ole Opry moved out of... Read more >

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The Seduction of Place
The History and Future of Cities
Written by Joseph Rykwert


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70044-6 (0-375-70044-7)

The acclaimed and provocative architectural historian Joseph Rykwert explores the history of the city and calls for the return of a human agenda to city planning.

Focusing on a range of urban environments around the world–from 19th-century London and Paris, to contemporary New Delhi, New York, and Celebration, Florida–Rykwert discusses the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Stop
How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement
Written by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-349-6 (1-61219-349-8)

THE STOP has been officially selected for University of Colorado, Denver's Common Community R.E.A.D. (Research, Education, Activism and Diversity) program for 2014.

The Stop aims to revolutionize the way we combat hunger and poverty.

Since community worker Nick Saul became the executive director of The Stop in 1998, it has been... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Arrival City
How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World
Written by Doug Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38856-8 (0-307-38856-5)

A powerfully argued work that combines reporting, sociology, economics, and urban studies to show how the migration of workers from villages to urban centers has become one of the most significant forces in the world today.

For the first time in history, there are now more people in the world living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Myth of the Muslim Tide
Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
Written by Doug Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95117-5 (0-307-95117-0)

From the author of prize-winning Arrival City, a controversial and long-overdue rejoinder to the excessive fears of an Islamic threat that have spread throughout America and Europe and threaten our basic values.

Since September 11, 2001, a growing chorus has warned that Western society and values are at risk of being... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Social Construction of Ancient Cities

Edited by Monica L. Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-291-1 (1-58834-291-3)

What made ancient cities successful? What are the similarities between modern cities and ancient ones? The Social Construction of Ancient Cities offers a fresh perspective on ancient cities and the social networks and relations that built and sustained them, marking a dramatic change in the way archaeologists approach them. Examining ancient... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Laundromat

Afterword by D. Foy
Photographed by Snorri Bros.


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-623-7 (1-57687-623-3)

Laundromats are a quintessential part of the New York City landscape: an indispensible element to many city dwellers’ lives, they’re an ersatz utility room shared with dozens of strangers at any given time, a moist environment of humming machines and strange clothes. No other public facility gathers so many people under... Read more >

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Outcasts United
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Written by Warren St. John


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: December 1, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52204-5 (0-385-52204-5)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Agnes Scott College
Andrew College
Baker University
Baldwin Wallace College
Bismarck State College
Butler University
Castleton State College
Central Ohio Technical College
Columbus State University
Ellington High School
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Lewis College
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia State University
Hollins University
Holy Cross High School, Burlington, NJ
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Kennesaw State University
La Jolla Country Day School
McMurry University
Middle... Read more >

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Victory in Our Schools
We Can Give Our Children Excellent Public Education
Written by John Stanford


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 3, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37974-7 (0-553-37974-7)

"Education is not just a matter for the politicians and professionals; it is a matter for all of us. For we are the public in public education. When we work together, we can do it. . . . We can reach and teach these children."—John Stanford

Victory in Our Schools is a... Read more >

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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Written by Bryan Stevenson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9452-0 (0-8129-9452-3)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
 
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Read more >

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A Hope in the Unseen
An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
Written by Ron Suskind


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0126-0 (0-7679-0126-6)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Babson College
Carleton College
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida State University
Kent State University
Marquette University
Maryland State-wide Read
Marymount University
Sacred Heart University
St. Bonaventure University
Texas Tech University
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
University of North Dakota
University of Texas at San Antonio
Utah State University


Ron Suskind tells the story of Cedric... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Future Shock

Written by Alvin Toffler


Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: June 1, 1984
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-27737-1 (0-553-27737-5)

Examines the effects of rapid industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and society. Read more >

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Powershift
Knowledge, Wealth, and Power at the Edge of the 21st Century
Written by Alvin Toffler


Format: Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: November 1, 1991
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-29215-2 (0-553-29215-3)

In Powershift, renowned futurist Alvin Toffler gives students the deepest, most comprehensive synthesis yet written about the civilization of the 21st century. He argues that while headlines focus on shifts of power at the global level, the very nature of power is changing before our eyes, in the everyday world we... Read more >

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The Dying Ground
A Maceo Redfield Novel
Written by Nichelle D. Tramble


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75653-5 (0-375-75653-1)

Billy: dead. Felicia: missing.

None of the words made sense together, but the doom I'd expected announced itself. I felt iron in my mouth, like I'd gargled with pennies, a taste like blood, a bitter taste that always followed bad news.

The setting is Oakland, 1989; the crack epidemic is at its height... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Scientist in the City

Written by James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1994
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26109-8 (0-385-26109-8)

In his previous books, A Scientist at the Seashore and Meditations at Sunset, James Trefil used commonplace settings in the natural world as a point of departure for probing the mysteries of nature. In A Scientist in the City, Trefil takes the opposite tack, looking at the quintessential man-made environment of... Read more >

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Traffic
Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Written by Tom Vanderbilt


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27719-0 (0-307-27719-4)

A New York Times Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year
The Washington PostThe Cleveland Plain-DealerRocky Mountain News


In this brilliant, lively, and eye-opening investigation, Tom Vanderbilt examines the perceptual limits and cognitive underpinnings that make us worse drivers than we think we are. He demonstrates why... Read more >

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Traffic
Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
Written by Tom Vanderbilt


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: July 29, 2008
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26478-7 (0-307-26478-5)

Would you be surprised that road rage can be good for society? Or that most crashes happen on sunny, dry days? That our minds can trick us into thinking the next lane is moving faster? Or that you can gauge a nation’s driving behavior by its levels of corruption? These are... Read more >

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Here is New York

Written by E.B. White
Introduction by Roger Angell


Format: Hardcover, 58 pages
Publisher: Little Bookroom
On Sale: January 1, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-892145-02-4 (1-892145-02-2)

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one of the ten best books ever written about the metropolis, and The New Yorker calls... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Here is New York

Written by E.B. White
Introduction by Roger Angell


Format: eBook, 58 pages
Publisher: Little Bookroom
On Sale: March 30, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-479-1 (1-59017-479-8)

To purchase a copy of this ebook, please see the “buy” links on the right-hand side.

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, E.B. White’s stroll around Manhattan remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures. The New York Times has named Here is New York one... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.
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