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The First 5,000 Years
Written by David Graeber

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-61219-129-4 (1-61219-129-0)

Winner of the Bateson Book Prize awarded by the Society for Cultural Anthropology

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit... Read more >

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The Dance of Life
The Other Dimension of Time
Written by Edward T. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 9, 1984
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-19248-4 (0-385-19248-7)

First published in 1983, this book studies how people are tied together and yet isolated by hidden threads of rhythm and walls of time. Time is treated as a language, organizer, and message system revealing people's
feelings about each other and reflecting differences between cultures. Read more >

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The Hidden Dimension

Written by Edward T. Hall

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-08476-5 (0-385-08476-5)

An examination of various cultural concepts of space and how differences among them affect modern society. Introducing the science of "proxemics," Hall demonstrates how man's use of space can affect personal business relations, cross-cultural exchanges, architecture, city planning, and urban renewal. Read more >

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Cave and Cosmos
Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality
Written by Michael Harner

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-546-9 (1-58394-546-6)

In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens.

Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners’ experiences... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shamans, Sorcerers, and Saints
A Prehistory of Religion
Written by Brian Hayden

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 2003
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-168-6 (1-58834-168-2)

Historians of art or religion and mythologists, such as Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade, have written extensively on prehistoric religion, but no one before has offered a comprehensive and uniquely archaeological perspective on the subject. Hayden opens his book with an examination of the difference between traditional religions, which are passed... Read more >
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Occult America
White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation
Written by Mitch Horowitz

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38515-1 (0-553-38515-1)

From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. Esoteric philosophies and personas—from Freemasonry to Spiritualism, from Madame H. P. Blavatsky to Edgar Cayce—dramatically altered the nation’s culture, politics, and religion. Yet the mystical roots of our identity are often... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Millennials Rising
The Next Great Generation
Written by Neil Howe and William Strauss
Illustrated by R.J. Matson

Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70719-3 (0-375-70719-0)

By the authors of the bestselling 13th Gen, the first in-depth examination of the Millennials--the generation born after 1982.

"Over the next decade, the Millennial Generation will entirely recast the image of youth from downbeat and alientated to upbeat and engaged--with potentially seismic consequences for America." --from Millennials Rising

In this remarkable account... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 Nature of Economies

Written by Jane Jacobs

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70243-3 (0-375-70243-1)

Starting from the premise that human beings "exist wholly within nature as part of natural order in every respect," Jane Jacobs has focused her singular eye on the natural world in order to discover the fundamental models for a vibrant economy. The lessons she discloses come from fields as diverse as... Read more >
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Night Falls Fast
Understanding Suicide
Written by Kay Redfield Jamison

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70147-4 (0-375-70147-8)

Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of fifteen and forty-five.  An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age twenty-eight to kill herself... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Lucy's Legacy
The Quest for Human Origins
Written by Dr. Donald Johanson and Kate Wong

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39640-2 (0-307-39640-1)

“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.” From Lucy’s Legacy

In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The American Nurse

Written by Carolyn Jones

Format: Hardcover, 180 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-59962-121-0 (1-59962-121-5)

In The American Nurse, readers are invited to think about nurses in a way that they never have before, unless they have been under a nurse’s care. This body of work will inspire audiences to focus their attention on the nurses who serve as healers in their community, and whose wealth... Read more >

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The Revenge of Geography
What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Written by Robert D. Kaplan

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6983-5 (1-4000-6983-1)

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Gospel of Judas, Critical Edition
Together with the Letter of Peter to Phillip, James, and a Book of Allogenes from Codex Tchacos
Written by Rodolphe Kasser and Gregor Wurst

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0191-2 (1-4262-0191-5)

For the first time in a single volume, discover the complete text of Codex Tchacos--the remarkable ancient papyrus book that contains the Gospel of Judas. Hidden for 1,600 years in an Egyptian cave, only to be found, traded, and all but destroyed before its restoration began in 2001, Codex Tchacos contains... Read more >

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Far Afield

Written by Susanna Kaysen

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75376-6 (0-679-75376-1)

Jonathan Brand, a graduate student in anthropology, has decided to do his fieldwork in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. But, despite his Harvard training, he can barely understand, let alone “study,” the culture he encounters. From his struggles with the local cuisine to his affair with the Danish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of Innovation
Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
Written by Tom Kelley

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49984-2 (0-385-49984-1)

The award-winning design firm that brought the world the Apple mouse, the Palm V, and other cutting-edge products reveals its secrets for fostering innovation-"out of the box" thinking across the world of business. Kelley outlines the steps IDEO and other successful companies use to achieve successful problem solving such as: closely... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Race, Crime, and the Law

Written by Randall Kennedy

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70184-9 (0-375-70184-2)

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work, Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy uncovers the long-standing failure of the justice system to protect blacks from criminals; engages the debate over the wisdom and legality of using racial criteria in jury selection; analyzes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer

Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Bone Woman
A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo
Written by Clea Koff

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6885-9 (0-8129-6885-9)

In 1994, Rwanda was the scene of the first acts since World War II to be legally defined as genocide. Two years later, Clea Koff, a twenty-three-year-old forensic anthropologist, left the safe confines of a lab in Berkeley, California, to serve as one of sixteen scientists chosen by the United Nations... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tiwanaku and Its Hinterland
Archaeology and Paleoecology of an Andean Civilization Volume 2: Urban and Rural Archaeology
Written by Alan L. Kolata

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 2003
Price: $110.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-054-2 (1-58834-054-6)

The book presents, for the first time, a rich body of empirical data on the chronology of the Tiwanaku state; the nature of the social and political relationships between the city and its hinterland; the form and meaning of its monumental and elite architecture; and the texture of everyday life in... Read more >

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Collecting Native America, 1870-1960

Written by Shepard Krech, III

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: February 15, 2010
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-277-5 (1-58834-277-8)

Between the 1870s and 1950s collectors vigorously pursued the artifacts of Native American groups. Setting out to preserve what they thought was a vanishing culture, they amassed ethnographic and archaeological collections amounting to well over one million objects and founded museums throughout North America that were meant to educate the public... Read more >

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When the Mind Hears
A History of the Deaf
Written by Harlan Lane

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1989
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72023-2 (0-679-72023-5)

This first comprehensive history of the Deaf is also a powerful and compassionate study of the anatomy of prejudice and the motives and means of oppression.  It is a narrative, told largely from the vantage point of Laurent Clerc, the deaf Frenchman who was an intellectual leader of the Deaf community in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory
Written by Edward J. Larson

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6849-1 (0-8129-6849-2)

In this lively, deeply erudite work, Pulitzer Prize–winning science historian Edward J. Larson takes us on a guided tour of Darwin’s “dangerous idea,” from its theoretical antecedents in the early nineteenth century to the brilliant breakthroughs of Darwin and Wallace, to Watson and Crick’s stunning discovery of the DNA double helix... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Origins Reconsidered
In Search of What Makes Us Human
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-46792-6 (0-385-46792-3)

Beginning with his stunning discovery of a 1.5 million-year-old skeleton near Kenya's Lake Turkana, world-renowned anthropologist Richard Leakey explores our fossil record and asks fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the human species.


"Readable, exciting and provocative big sky popular science."  --Washington Post Book World

"Crisply written... It is... Read more >
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