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A History of Marriage

Written by Elizabeth Abbott

Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-088-8 (1-60980-088-5)

What does the “tradition of marriage” really look like? In A History of Marriage, Elizabeth Abbott paints an often surprising picture of this most public, yet most intimate, institution. Ritual of romance or social obligation? Eternal bliss or cult of domesticity? Abbott reveals a complex tradition that includes same-sex unions, arranged... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Living Islam Out Loud
American Muslim Women Speak
Edited by Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 15, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8383-3 (0-8070-8383-6)

Living Islam Out Loud presents the first generation of American Muslim women who have always identified as both American and Muslim. These pioneers have forged new identities for themselves and for future generations, and they speak out about the hijab, relationships, sex and sexuality, activism, spirituality, and much more.

Contributors: Su'ad... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cool Comfort
America's Romance with Air-Conditioning
Written by Marsha Ackermann

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-279-9 (1-58834-279-4)

The year 2002 marked the 100th anniversary of the first installation of air-conditioning. During the past century, it has become a staple of American life; 83% of US homes are now air-conditioned. In this engaging social history, Marsha Ackermann explores how the idea of “cooling” became firmly embedded in the social... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cotton Tenants
Three Families
Written by James Agee
Edited by John Summers
Photographed by Walker Evans
Introduction by Adam Haslett

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-212-3 (1-61219-212-2)

In 1941, James Agee and Walker Evans published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a four-hundred-page prose symphony about three tenant farming families in Hale County, Alabama at the height of the Great Depression. The book shattered journalistic and literary conventions. Critic Lionel Trilling called it the “most realistic and most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Rebel Music
Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture
Written by Hisham Aidi

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42490-8 (0-375-42490-3)

This fascinating, timely, and important book on the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the world looks at how hip-hop, jazz, and reggae, along with Andalusian and Gnawa music, have become a means of building community and expressing protest in the face of the West’s policies in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The One-Week Job Project
One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs
Written by Sean Aiken

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50803-4 (0-345-50803-3)

Selected for Common Reading at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

A year and a half after he graduated from college, Sean Aiken found himself struggling to answer the question “What should I do with my life?” His mother suggested teaching. His older sister told him to apply for an entry-level corporate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Homelands and Waterways
The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926
Written by Adele Logan Alexander

Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 18, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75871-6 (0-679-75871-2)

Homelands and Waterways traces the rise of a resolute African American family (the author's own) from privation to the middle class. In so doing, it explodes the stereotypes that have shaped and distorted our thinking about African Americans--both as slaves and in freedom. Adele Logan Alexander's account is the result of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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America Unzipped
In Search of Sex and Satisfaction
Written by Brian Alexander

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 30, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-35133-3 (0-307-35133-5)

Stunned by the uninhibited questions from ordinary people on his column, “Sexploration,” Brian Alexander was driven to understand Americans’ desire to get down and dirty—especially in an era where conservative family values dominate.

To find out what people are really doing, Alexander set out on a sexual safari in modern... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Chasing Chaos
My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
Written by Jessica Alexander

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3691-9 (0-7704-3691-9)

Jessica Alexander arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, eager to contribute to the work of the international humanitarian aid community. The world that Alexander encountered in the field was dramatically different than anything she could have imagined. It was messy, chaotic, and difficult–but... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Hold Life Has
Coca and Cultural Identity in an Andean Community
Written by Catherine J. Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-032-0 (1-58834-032-5)

This second edition of Catherine J. Allen’s distinctive ethnography of the Quechua-speaking people of the Andes brings their story into the present. She has added an extensive afterword based on her visits to Sonqo in 1995 and 2000 and has updated and revised parts of the original text. The book focuses... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Devil's Cup
A History of the World According to Coffee
Written by Stewart Lee Allen

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44149-2 (0-345-44149-4)

In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen... Read more >

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Rise of the Videogame Zinesters
How Freaks, Normals, Amateurs, Artists, Dreamers, Drop-outs, Queers, Housewives, and People Like You Are Taking Back an Art Form
Written by Anna Anthropy

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-372-8 (1-60980-372-8)

Part critical essay, part manifesto, part DIY guide, and altogether unprecedented, Anna Anthropy’s Rise of the Videogame Zinesters shows why the multi-billion dollar videogame industry needs to change--and how a new generation of artists can change it.

In Rise of the Videogame Zinesters, pixel-provocateur Anthropy launches the first intergalactic offensive against the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Crack in Iran

Written by Aslon Arfa
Text by Steffen Gassel

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-554-4 (1-57687-554-7)

Creating an accurate picture of daily life in Iran is a difficult endeavor. Due to strict religious and moral codes, even photographing a woman inside her home without a scarf covering her head is all but impossible. Evidence of the censure of media in Iran has always been visible to Western... Read more >

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The Hour of Our Death

Written by Philippe Aries

Format: Trade Paperback, 696 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1982
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75156-6 (0-394-75156-6)

This remarkable book—the fruit of almost two decades of study—traces in compelling fashion the changes in Western attitudes toward death and dying from the earliest Christian times to the present day. A truly landmark study, The Hour of Our Death reveals a pattern of gradually developing evolutionary stages in our perceptions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Children of the World
How We Live, Learn, and Play in Poems, Drawings, and Photographs
Written by Anthony Asael and Stephanie Rabemiafara
Foreword by Ann M. Veneman

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Universe
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-7893-2267-8 (0-7893-2267-6)

Children from 192 countries around the world tell us about their homelands in words and pictures. Children of the World celebrates and teaches through photographs, fun facts, maps, artwork, and poems created by children around the world. With this book, families learn a little of the geography, traditions, and peoples of... Read more >

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No god but God (Updated Edition)
The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Written by Reza Aslan

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8244-2 (0-8129-8244-4)

In No god but God, internationally acclaimed scholar Reza Aslan explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity. This updated edition addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unnatural Death
Confessions of a Medical Examiner
Written by Michael M. Baden

Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 28, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0599-6 (0-8041-0599-5)

In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures... Read more >

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God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man
A Saltwater Geechee Talks About Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia
Written by Cornelia Walker Baily and Christena Bledsoe

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 17, 2001
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49377-2 (0-385-49377-0)

Cornelia Walker Bailey models herself after the African griot, the tribal storytellers who keep the history of their people. Bailey’s people are the Geechee, whose cultural identity has been largely preserved due to the relative isolation of Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. In this rich account, Bailey... Read more >

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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The Erotic Engine
How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google
Written by Patchen Barss

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-66737-1 (0-385-66737-X)

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Composing a Further Life
The Age of Active Wisdom
Written by Mary Catherine Bateson

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27963-7 (0-307-27963-4)

Mary Catherine Bateson—author of the landmark bestseller Composing a Life—gives us an inspiring exploration of a new life stage that she calls Adulthood II, a result of the longer life spans and greater resources we now enjoy. In Composing a Further Life, Bateson redefines old age as an opportunity to reinvent... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gun Guys
A Road Trip
Written by Dan Baum

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74250-6 (0-307-74250-4)

Dan Baum is a gun fanatic. He is also Jewish Democrat who grew up in suburban New Jersey. In Gun Guys, he takes us on a guided tour of gun stores and gun shows, shooting ranges and festivals, contests and auctions, trying to figure out what draws so many of us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Gay Berlin
Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Written by Robert Beachy

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27210-2 (0-307-27210-9)

An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.

Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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