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Second Suns
Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
Written by David Oliver Relin


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6925-5 (1-4000-6925-4)

From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors—one from the United States, the other from Nepal—united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.

In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Written by William C. Rhoden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6 (0-307-35314-1)

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Meat Eater
Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter
Written by Steven Rinella


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52982-2 (0-385-52982-1)

“Revelatory . . . With every chapter, you get a history lesson, a hunting lesson, a nature lesson and a cooking lesson. . . . Meat Eater offers an overabundance to savor.”—The New York Times Book Review

Steven Rinella grew up in Twin Lake, Michigan, the son of a hunter who taught... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dying Every Day
Seneca at the Court of Nero
Written by James Romm


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59687-1 (0-307-59687-7)

From acclaimed classical historian, author of Ghost on the Throne (“Gripping . . . the narrative verve of a born writer and the erudition of a scholar” —Daniel  Mendelsohn) and editor of The Landmark Arrian:The Campaign of Alexander (“Thrilling” —The New York Times Book Review), a  high-stakes drama full of murder... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Culture & Truth
The Remaking of Social Analysis
Written by Renato Rosaldo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1993
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4623-4 (0-8070-4623-X)

Exposing the inadequacies of old conceptions of static cultures and detached observers, the book argues instead for social science to acknowledge and celebrate diversity, narrative, emotion, and subjectivity. Read more >

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Death, Trust and Society
Mapping Religion and Culture
Written by Lionel Rothkrug


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 1, 2006
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-551-5 (1-55643-551-7)

Lionel Rothkrug made his name 25 years ago by theorizing that just as a human personality is defined by how an individual organizes his or her powers to behave, so a society acquires personality in the exercise of its organizational powers. Death, Trust and Society revisits and expands on this concept... Read more >

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Entheogens and the Development of Culture
The Anthropology and Neurobiology of Ecstatic Experience
Edited by John A. Rush


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-600-8 (1-58394-600-4)

Entheogens and the Development of Culture makes the radical proposition that mind-altering substances have played a major part not only in cultural development but also in human brain development. Researchers suggest that we have purposely enhanced receptor sites in the brain, especially those for dopamine and serotonin, through the use of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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UFO Crash at Roswell
The Genesis of a Modern Myth
Written by Benson Saler, Charles A. Ziegler and Charles Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-063-4 (1-58834-063-5)

In the summer of 1947 something mysterious crashed in the New Mexican desert near the town of Roswell. Whether it was an alien spacecraft manned by tiny humanlike beings or–the US government’s official explanation–a scientific research balloon has long been a subject of passionate debate. Transcending the believer-versus-skeptic debate, anthropologists Benson... Read more >

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Yes, Chef
A Memoir
Written by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34261-2 (0-385-34261-6)

Winner, James Beard Foundation Book Award (Writing and Literature)

“One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The... Read more >

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Anthropology Explored, Second Edition
The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes
Edited by Ruth Selig, Marilyn R. London and P. Ann Kaupp


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2004
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-093-1 (1-58834-093-7)

This new edition offers a variety of clearly written and readily accessible articles from the Smithsonian’s highly acclaimed, award-winning publication AnthroNotes. Some of the world’s leading anthropologists explore fundamental questions humans ask about themselves as individuals, as societies, and as a species. The articles reveal the richness and breadth of anthropology... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Development as Freedom

Written by Amartya Sen


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 15, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72027-4 (0-385-72027-0)

Development as Freedom is a general exposition of the economic ideas and analyses of Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economic Science. This brilliant and indispensable treatise compellingly analyzes the nature of contemporary economic development from the perspective of human freedom.

Freedom, Sen persuasively argues, is at once... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Back to Our Future
How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Written by David Sirota


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51878-1 (0-345-51878-0)

Wall Street scandals. Fights over taxes. Racial resentments. A Lakers-Celtics championship. The Karate Kid topping the box-office charts. Bon Jovi touring the country. These words could describe our current moment—or the vaunted iconography of three decades past.

In this wide-ranging and wickedly entertaining book, New York Times bestselling journalist David Sirota takes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What's Love Got to Do with It?

Written by Meredith Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47702-4 (0-385-47702-3)

In this refreshingly down-to-earth exploration of human mating and sexuality, an acclaimed anthropologist looks at the fascinating intersection between the imperatives of our glands and genes, and the culture in which we live. Why do we fall in love with the people we do? Is there an alternative, more feminist, way... 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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Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley

Written by Ephraim Squier


Format: Trade Paperback, 324 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 1998
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-898-4 (1-56098-898-3)

Originally published in 1848 as the first major work in the nascent discipline as well as the first publication of the newly established Smithsonian Institution, Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley remains today not only a key document in the history of American archaeology but also the primary source of information... 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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Incidents of Travel in Yucatan

Written by John Lloyd Stephens


Format: Trade Paperback, 286 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 1996
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-651-5 (1-56098-651-4)

A lively, eloquent guide to the Maya ruins of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, as entertaining today as when it was first published in 1843, Stephens’ guide recounts his two trips made to the region between 1839 and 1842. It includes extensive accounts of 44 Maya sites as well as of Yucatan folkways... 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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Remaking the World
Myth, Mining, and Ritual Change Among the Duna of Papua New Guinea
Written by Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern


Format: Trade Paperback, 219 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $44.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-61-8 (1-935623-61-3)

Drawing on both their own fieldwork from 1991 to 1999 and older written sources, Stewart and Strathern explore how the Duna have remade their rituals and associated myths in response to the outside influences of government, Christianity, and large-scale economic development, specifically mining and oil prospecting. The authors provide in-depth ethnographic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners
The Healing Power of Medicinal Plants
Written by Wolf D. Storl
Foreword by Rosemary Gladstar


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-358-8 (1-58394-358-7)

Traditional herbalists or wise women were not only good botanists or pharmacologists; they were also shamanic practitioners and keepers of occult knowledge about the powerful properties of plants. Traveling back to the healing arts of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, The Herbal Lore of Wise Women and Wortcunners takes readers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Born to Rebel
Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives
Written by Frank J. Sulloway


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75876-1 (0-679-75876-3)

Why do people raised in the same families often differ more dramatically in personality than those from different families?  Why, within the same family, do some children conform to authority whereas others rebel?  The family, it turns out, is not a "shared environment" but rather a set of niches that provide siblings with... Read more >

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The Fairness Instinct
The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature
Written by L. Sun


Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-847-8 (1-61614-847-0)

Biologist L. Sun examines the innate sense of fairness displayed by human beings in all kinds of societies throughout history. He argues persuasively that it is an emotion and behavior rooted in our DNA, rather than a product of ideology or convention. Citing animal studies that show that even monkeys react... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Vietnamerica
A Family's Journey
Written by GB Tran


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: January 25, 2011
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50872-0 (0-345-50872-6)

A TIME Magazine Top Ten Graphic Memoir of All Time
A 2011 School Library Journal "Best Adult Book 4 Teens"
A 2011 Library Journal Best Graphic Novel

Selected for common reading at Davidson College


A superb new graphic memoir in which an inspired artist/storyteller reveals the road that brought his family to where they are... Read more >

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Our Political Nature
The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us
Written by Avi Tuschman


Format: Hardcover, 500 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-823-2 (1-61614-823-3)

Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values. It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Together, these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wisdom of the Bones
In Search of Human Origins
Written by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 2, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74783-3 (0-679-74783-4)

In 1984 a team of paleoanthropologists on a dig in northern Kenya found something extraordinary: a nearly complete skeleton of Homo erectus, a creature that lived 1.5 million years ago and is widely thought to be the missing link between apes and humans. The remains belonged to a tall, rangy adolescent... Read more >
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