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Calling the Circle
The First and Future Culture
Written by Christina Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 2, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37900-6 (0-553-37900-3)

A key resource for the rapidly growing "circle movement," this guidebook--extensively revised since its 1994 small-press edition--provides social workers with a powerful tool based on the ancient ritual of communication while sitting around a circle. Baldwin gives comprehensive instructions on using circles for mutual support, teamwork, and social change, as well... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cancer in the Community
Class and Medical Authority
Written by Martha Balshem


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1993
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-251-7 (1-56098-251-9)

Focusing on deep conflicts between the medical establishment and the working class, Martha Balshem chronicles a health education project in “Tannerstown,” a pseudonym for a blue-collar neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia.

“Balshem conducted anthropological research as a means of exploring the limitations and possibilities of community-based approaches to cancer prevention. . . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Good Life

Written by Loren Baritz


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 21, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83214-6 (0-307-83214-7)

What is the American middle class? What does it want?

In search of these answers The Good Life tackles the assumptions Americans make and have made about their own culture—about the meaning of equality, success, personal and national security, acceptable ways of dressing and loving and raising children, and, most important... Read more >

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Nobody's Children
Abuse and Neglect, Foster Drift, and the Adoption Alternative
Written by Elizabeth Bartholet


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 17, 2000
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2319-8 (0-8070-2319-1)

“An extraordinary book. Chilling, inspiring, and utterly convincing, it creates an ironclad case for the adoption solution.” -Sylvia Ann Hewlett, coauthor of The War Against Parents

“Bartholet sounds the alarm on the savage consequences the child welfare system has on so many children and challenges us to confront the reality that substance... Read more >

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Dosed
The Medication Generation Grows Up
Written by Kaitlin Bell Barnett


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0134-9 (0-8070-0134-1)

Over the last two decades, we have seen a dramatic spike in the number of young people taking psychiatric medication--but, despite a heated debate on the issue, we haven’t heard directly from the “medicated kids” themselves. In Dosed, Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who was diagnosed with depression as a teenager, weaves together... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Good Society

Written by Robert Bellah, Richard Madsen, Steve Tipton, William Sullivan and Ann Swidler


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 18, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73359-1 (0-679-73359-0)

In 1985, the authors’ bestselling Habits of the Heart redefined the terms of America’s debate about individualism and social commitment. With The Good Society, Bellah and his co-authors propose a new response to the country's growing social ills as America moves its domestic, economic, and social crises to the top of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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All You Can Eat
How Hungry is America?
Written by Joel Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-854-8 (1-58322-854-3)

With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation–the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Lost Children of Wilder
The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care
Written by Nina Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 5, 2002
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75834-1 (0-679-75834-8)

National Book Award Finalist

In 1973 Marcia Lowry, a young ACLU attorney, filed a controversial class-action suit that challenged New York City’s operation of its foster-care system. The plaintiff was an abused runaway named Shirley Wilder, who had suffered from the system’s inequities. Wilder, as the case came to be known, was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life As We Know It
A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child
Written by Michael Berube


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75866-2 (0-679-75866-6)

When Jamie Berube was born with Down syndrome in 1991, he was immediately subject to the medical procedures, insurance guidelines, policies, and representations that surround every child our society designates as disabled.  In this wrenching, yet ultimately inspiring book, Jamie's father, literary scholar Michael Berube describes not only the challenges of raising... Read more >

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Being Adopted
The Lifelong Search for Self
Written by David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schecter and Robin Marantz Henig


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1993
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41426-5 (0-385-41426-9)

Like Passages, this groundbreaking book uses the poignant, powerful voices of adoptees and adoptive parents to explore the experience of adoption and its lifelong effects. A major work, filled with astute analysis and moving truths. Read more >

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 28, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4461-2 (0-8070-4461-X)

A new edition, including the story of the founding of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Long before the avalanche of praise for his work–from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from both First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama–long before he became known as a hero to television and film viewers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Fist Stick Knife Gun
A Personal History of Violence
Written by Geoffrey Canada
Illustrated by Jamar Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4449-0 (0-8070-4449-0)

A 2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens (YALSA)

Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children,” and First Lady Michelle Obama called him “one of my heroes,” Geoffrey Canada was a small and scared boy growing up in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reaching Up for Manhood
Transforming the Lives of Boys in America
Written by Geoffrey Canada


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 10, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2317-4 (0-8070-2317-5)

From a troubled youth navigating the mean streets of the South Bronx to an inspiring educational activist who evokes praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, Geoffrey Canada has made a remarkable personal journey that cemented his dedication to underserved youth. His award-winning work was featured in Davis Guggenheim’s documentary... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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They Take Our Jobs!
And 20 Other Myths about Immigration
Written by Aviva Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4156-7 (0-8070-4156-4)

Claims that immigrants take Americans’ jobs, are a drain on the American economy, contribute to poverty and inequality, destroy the social fabric, challenge American identity, and contribute to a host of social ills by their very existence are openly discussed and debated at all levels of society. Chomsky dismantles twenty of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine
Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup
Written by David Chura


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 22, 2011
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0123-3 (0-8070-0123-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

A veteran teacher gives an “inside” view of the lives of juveniles sentenced as adults

David Chura taught high school in a New York county penitentiary for ten years—five days a week, seven hours a day. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Back to Work
Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy
Written by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-95975-1 (0-307-95975-9)

President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring energyeconomic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy , job creation, and financial responsibility and offering a plan to get us “back... Read more >

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Paradise Beneath Her Feet
How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Written by Isobel Coleman


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6695-7 (1-4000-6695-6)

Over the centuries and throughout the world, women have struggled for equality and basic rights. Their challenge in the Middle East has been intensified by the rise of a political Islam that too often condemns women’s empowerment as Western cultural imperialism or, worse, anti-Islamic. In Paradise Beneath Her Feet, Isobel Coleman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Another Kind of Public Education
Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities
Written by Patricia Hill Collins


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2010
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0025-0 (0-8070-0025-6)

One of America’s most distinguished scholars of race shows us how public education needs to be seen in the light of the influence of “color-blind racism as a system of power.” Drawing examples from schools, media, and the workplace, Collins gives us a book of social analysis that is also an... Read more >

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Whiteout
Lost in Aspen
Written by Ted Conover


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 19, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74178-7 (0-679-74178-X)

Irreverent, poignant, and revealing, this meditation on the sweet temptation of wealth and the vainglorious quest for paradise as they exist in Aspen, Colorado, features a “cast of characters (that) includes such barn-size satirical targets as exclusive health clubs, over-the-hill drug dealers and movie stars and rock stars of wattages bright... Read more >

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How Can I Help?

Written by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72947-3 (0-394-72947-1)

In this practical helper's companion, the authors provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unruly Women
The Politics of Confinement & Resistance
Written by Karlene Faith


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-137-3 (1-60980-137-7)

Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there.
Most women who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prescription for a Healthy Nation
A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World
Written by Tom Farley and Deb Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2117-0 (0-8070-2117-2)

Introducing a new way of thinking about health: public health experts Tom Farley and Deborah A. Cohen show us that the antidote to our ever-growing rates of obesity and chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, lies not in our medical care system or in more health education but rather... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Playing the Whore
The Work of Sex Work
Written by Melissa Gira Grant


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-323-1 (1-78168-323-9)

Recent years have seen a panic over “online red-light districts,” which supposedly seduce vulnerable young women into a life of degradation, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s live tweeting of a Cambodian brothel raid. But rarely do these fearful, salacious dispatches come from sex workers themselves, and rarely do they deviate from the position that sex workers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Big Squeeze
Tough Times for the American Worker
Written by Steven Greenhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9652-7 (1-4000-9652-9)

Why, in the world's most affluent nation, are so many corporations squeezing their employees dry? In this fresh, carefully researched book, New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse explores the economic, political, and social trends that are transforming America's workplaces, including the decline of the social contract that created the world's largest... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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