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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 City
A Global History
Written by Joel Kotkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75651-1 (0-375-75651-5)

If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: the city. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Other Side of the River
A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma
Written by Alex Kotlowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 19, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47721-5 (0-385-47721-X)

"A riveting portrait of a racially troubled America in the 1990's"—Publishers Weekly (starred)

"A vivid American microcosm, a telling tableau of the way we are."—The New York Times

From the author of There Are No Children Here, this is the true story of two towns in southern Michigan separated by a river-and the... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America
Written by Alex Kotlowitz


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 5, 1992
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-26556-0 (0-385-26556-5)

A New York Public Library “Book of the Century.” An essential introductory sociology source, There Are No Children Here traces two years in the lives of ten-year-old Lafeyette and seven-year-old Pharoah Rivers as they struggle to beat the odds and grow up in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Kotlowitz avoids... 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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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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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72560-9 (0-375-72560-1)

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the... Read more >

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The Devil in the White City
Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-60844-9 (0-609-60844-4)

Winner, 2004 Edgar Award

Winner, 2003 International Horror Guild Award for Non-fiction

2003 National Book Award Finalist, Non-Fiction

Vintage Paperback is Available

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the... Read more >

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Lethal Passage
The Story of a Gun
Written by Erik Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75927-0 (0-679-75927-1)

This devastating book begins with an account of a crime that is by now almost commonplace: on December 16, 1988, sixteen-year-old Nicholas Elliot walked into his Virginia high school with a Cobray M-11/9 and several hundred rounds of ammunition tucked in his backpack. By day’s end, he had killed one teacher... 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: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4481-0 (0-8070-4481-4)

When Jorja Leap began studying Los Angeles gang violence in 2002, she encountered a myriad of proposed solutions to the seemingly intractable “gang problem” and set out to discover what was really going on. The stakes–then and now–could not be higher: a child or teenager is killed by gunfire every three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Waterfront
A Walk Around Manhattan
Written by Phillip Lopate


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49714-5 (0-385-49714-8)

East Side, West Side, from the Little Red Lighthouse to Battery Park City, the wonders of Manhattan’s waterfront are both celebrated and secret—hidden in plain sight. In his brilliant exploration of this defining yet neglected shoreline, personal essayist Philip Lopate also recovers a part of the city’s soul.

A native New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dealers

Written by Peter Madsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-647-3 (1-57687-647-0)

Weed, coke, heroin, molly, promethazine, crack, PCP, LCD, opium, hashish, mushrooms, and countless other illicit substances flood the streets of New York City where they are consumed as quickly as they can be delivered.

For Dealers, street reporter Peter Madsen set out across New York City–from staid Gramercy residences to bleak homeless... Read more >
Also available as 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.

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Maximum City
Bombay Lost and Found
Written by Suketu Mehta


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 27, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70340-9 (0-375-70340-3)

NOW IN PAPERBACK

An illuminating portrait of Bombay and its people—a book as vast, diverse, and rich in experience, incident, and sensation as the city itself—from an award-winning Indian-American fiction writer and journalist.

A native of Bombay, Suketu Mehta gives us a true insider’s view of this stunning city, bringing to his account... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Poison Penmanship
The Gentle Art of Muckraking
Written by Jessica Mitford
Preface by Jane Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-355-8 (1-59017-355-4)

Jessica Mitford was a member of one of England’s most legendary families (among her sisters were the novelist Nancy Mitford and the current Duchess of Devonshire) and one of the great muckraking journalists of modern times. Leaving England for America, she pursued a career as an investigative reporter and unrepentant gadfly... Read more >
Also available as 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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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52819-1 (0-385-52819-1)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Cabrini College (Radnor, PA)
California State University at Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)
One City/One Book
Everybody Reads (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR)
One Book, One Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA)


Two boys with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to... Read more >

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Children of the City
At Work and at Play
Written by David Nasaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80297-2 (0-345-80297-7)

This classic title, which was the inspiration for the story behind the new musical Newsies, paints a surprising and indelible portrait of the bitter hardships, amazing resourcefulness, and unadulterated joys experienced by immigrant children in American metropolises at the turn of the century.

The turn of the century was a time of... Read more >

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Clubland
The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture
Written by Frank Owen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1735-3 (0-7679-1735-9)

Welcome to the decadent nineties club scene.

In 1995, journalist Frank Owen began researching a story on Special K, a designer drug that fueled the after-midnight club scene. He went to buy and sample the drug at the internationally notorious Limelight, a crumbling church converted into a Manhattan disco, where mesmerizing... Read more >

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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Resistance
A Radical Social and Political History of the Lower East Side
Edited by Clayton Patterson
Foreword by Jeff Ferrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 7, 2006
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-745-9 (1-58322-745-8)

This collection of writings and images documents the political history of NYC’s Lower East Side, describing the lives and struggles of the radicals, artists, and immigrants that populated and politicized one of America’s strangest and most beloved neighborhoods.

Current and former residents of the neighborhood explore the social, political, and human... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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