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The Vulnerable Observer
Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart
Written by Ruth Behar


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $22.00

Eloquently interweaving ethnography and memoir, award-winning anthropologist Ruth Behar offers a new theory and practice for humanistic anthropology. She proposes an anthropology that is lived and written in a personal voice. She does so in the hope that it will lead us toward greater depth of understanding and feeling, not only... Read more >
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Rationality and Irrationality in Economics

Written by Maurice Godelier
Translated by Brian Pearce


Format: eBook
On Sale: August 26, 2014
Price: $17.95

This book is the result of a research project begun by the author in 1958 with the aim of answering two questions:

First, what is the rationality of the economic systems that appear and disappear throughout history—in other words, what is their hidden logic and the underlying necessity for them to exist... Read more >
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Devil's Night
Devil's Night
Written by Ze'ev Chafets
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ISBN: 9780804171410
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Devil's Night
And Other True Tales of Detroit
Written by Ze'ev Chafets


Format: eBook, 256 pages
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $11.99

A New York Times Notable Book

On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the “Murder Capital of America” often seems lit by those same fires. But as a... Read more >
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Devil's Night
Written by Ze'ev Chafets
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Devil's Night
And Other True Tales of Detroit
Written by Ze'ev Chafets


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: August 29, 2013
Price: $15.95

A New York Times Notable Book

On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the “Murder Capital of America” often seems lit by those same fires. But as a... Read more >
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The Measure of our Success
A Letter to My Children and Yours
Written by Marian Wright Edelman


Format: eBook
On Sale: May 1, 2013
Price: $27.00

A beautiful gift edition of the number one New York Times bestseller—from the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. Read more >
Life Laid Bare
The Survivors in Rwanda Speak
Written by Jean Hatzfeld
Translated by Linda Coverdale


Format: eBook
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $13.99

"To make the effort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk–it is part of being a moral adult."
–Susan Sontag

In the late 1990s, French author and journalist Jean Hatzfeld made several journeys into the hilly, marshy region of the Bugesera, one of... Read more >
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Rationality and Irrationality in Economics
Rationality and Irrationality in Economics
Written by Maurice Godelier, Translated by Brian Pearce
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781781680254
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Rationality and Irrationality in Economics

Written by Maurice Godelier
Translated by Brian Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $17.95

This book is the result of a research project begun by the author in 1958 with the aim of answering two questions:

First, what is the rationality of the economic systems that appear and disappear throughout history—in other words, what is their hidden logic and the underlying necessity for them to exist... Read more >
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Thirty-Eight Witnesses
The Kitty Genovese Case
Written by A.M. Rosenthal
Foreword by Samuel G. Freedman
Introduction by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $14.95

"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes—and hearts—and voices."
—Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes

It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New York City history not because of who was murdered but because of the circumstances: 28-year-old Kitty... Read more >
The Time of Our Lives
The Time of Our Lives
Written by Tom Brokaw
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780812975123
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The Time of Our Lives
A conversation about America
Written by Tom Brokaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $17.00

Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream
 
Now with a new Foreword by the author
 
“The best presentation of the challenges facing the country—and the possible solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O’Rourke
 
Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for... Read more >
Wondrous Child
Wondrous Child
Edited by Lindy Hough, Foreword by Jane Isay
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781583943625
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Wondrous Child
The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting
Edited by Lindy Hough
Foreword by Jane Isay


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $19.95

A Santa Cruz postpartum doula, a New Hampshire flute-maker, a Zen teacher, a dance therapist, a Sri Lankan film director—these are a few of the grandparents who share their stories in this bracing collection. The essays cover a wide range of experiences as they examine the marrow of this often undervalued... Read more >
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Wondrous Child
The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting
Edited by Lindy Hough
Foreword by Jane Isay


Format: eBook, 296 pages
On Sale: March 27, 2012
Price: $13.95

A Santa Cruz postpartum doula, a New Hampshire flute-maker, a Zen teacher, a dance therapist, a Sri Lankan film director—these are a few of the grandparents who share their stories in this bracing collection. The essays cover a wide range of experiences as they examine the marrow of this often undervalued... Read more >
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The Time of Our Lives
The Time of Our Lives
Written by Tom Brokaw, Read by Tom Brokaw
Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9780739341049
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The Time of Our Lives
A conversation about America
Written by Tom Brokaw
Read by Tom Brokaw


Format: Unabridged Compact Disc
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $35.00

Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
“What happened to... Read more >
The Time of Our Lives
The Time of Our Lives
Written by Tom Brokaw, Read by Tom Brokaw
Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
ISBN: 9780739341056
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The Time of Our Lives
A conversation about America
Written by Tom Brokaw
Read by Tom Brokaw


Format: Unabridged Audiobook Download
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $17.50

Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
“What happened to... Read more >
The Time of Our Lives
The Time of Our Lives
Written by Tom Brokaw
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780679643920
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The Time of Our Lives
A conversation about America
Written by Tom Brokaw


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $12.99

Who we are, where we’ve been, and where we need to go now, to recapture the American dream
 
Now with a new Foreword by the author.
 
“The best presentation of the challenges facing the country—and the possible solutions—I've ever seen.”—P. J. O’Rourke
 
Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for... Read more >
The Time of Our Lives
The Time of Our Lives
Written by Tom Brokaw
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780739326831
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The Time of Our Lives
A conversation about America
Written by Tom Brokaw


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $26.00

Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.
 
“What happened to... Read more >
Masscult and Midcult
Masscult and Midcult
Written by Dwight Macdonald, Edited by John Summers, Introduction by Louis Menand
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ISBN: 9781590174470
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Masscult and Midcult
Essays Against the American Grain
Written by Dwight Macdonald
Edited by John Summers
Introduction by Louis Menand


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $16.95

A New York Review Books Original

An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning works... Read more >
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Masscult and Midcult
Essays Against the American Grain
Written by Dwight Macdonald
Edited by John Summers
Introduction by Louis Menand


Format: eBook, 328 pages
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $16.95

A New York Review Books Original

An uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, eminent, prizewinning works... Read more >
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Hope Beneath Our Feet
Restoring Our Place in the Natural World
Edited by Martin Keogh
Contribution by Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker and Howard Zinn


Format: eBook, 320 pages
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $18.95

The environmental “tipping point” we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore—we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are... Read more >
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AIDS Sutra
AIDS Sutra
Foreword by Amartya Sen
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307793867
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AIDS Sutra
Untold Stories from India
Foreword by Amartya Sen


Format: eBook, 352 pages
On Sale: May 18, 2011
Price: $9.99

In this groundbreaking anthology, sixteen renowned writers tell the hidden story of the AIDS crisis, illuminating the complex nature of one of the major problems facing the developing world. India is home to almost 3 million HIV cases, but AIDS is still stigmatized and shrouded in denial. Discrimination against HIV-affected individuals... Read more >
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Saints and Sinners
Saints and Sinners
Written by Lawrence Wright
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ISBN: 9780307790712
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Saints and Sinners
Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox
Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: May 4, 2011
Price: $11.99

In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.

Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before... Read more >
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Morning, Noon, and Night
Morning, Noon, and Night
Written by Arnold Weinstein
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780679604471
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Morning, Noon, and Night
Finding the Meaning of Life's Stages Through Books
Written by Arnold Weinstein


Format: eBook
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $13.99

From Homer and Shakespeare to Toni Morrison and Jonathan Safran Foer, major works of literature have a great deal to teach us about two of life’s most significant stages—growing up and growing old. Distinguised scholar Arnold Weinstein’s provocative and engaging new book, Morning, Noon, and Night, explores classic writing’s insights into... Read more >
Hope Beneath Our Feet
Hope Beneath Our Feet
Edited by Martin Keogh, Contribution by Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker and Howard Zinn
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ISBN: 9781556439193
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Hope Beneath Our Feet
Restoring Our Place in the Natural World
Edited by Martin Keogh
Contribution by Michael Pollan, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Walker and Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $18.95

The environmental “tipping point” we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore—we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are... Read more >
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Gender Identities in a Globalized World
Gender Identities in a Globalized World
Edited by Ana Marta Gonzalez and Victor J. Seidler
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ISBN: 9781591026747
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Gender Identities in a Globalized World

Edited by Ana Marta Gonzalez and Victor J. Seidler


Format: Trade Paperback, 382 pages
On Sale: December 16, 2008
Price: $38.99

This cross-disciplinary collection of essays focuses on gender from multiple perspectives, touching on a variety of aspects that range from specific tendencies, such as fashion, to general trends connected to globalization, human dignity, and world migration. The main themes include human rights, political economy, cultural diversity, democracy, immigration, dignity, care, and... Read more >
The American Idea
The American Idea
Edited by Robert Vare
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ISBN: 9780307481405
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The American Idea
The Best of the Atlantic Monthly
Edited by Robert Vare


Format: eBook, 688 pages
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $12.99

“What is ‘the American idea’? It is the fractious, maddening approach to the conduct of human affairs that values equality despite its elusiveness, that values democracy despite its debasement, that values pluralism despite its messiness, that values the institutions of civic culture despite their flaws, and that values public life as... Read more >
Hold Everything Dear
Hold Everything Dear
Written by John Berger
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ISBN: 9780307386731
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Hold Everything Dear
Dispatches on Survival and Resistance
Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $14.00

From one of the most impassioned of writers of our time, this powerful collection of essays offers a stark portrait of post-9/11 realities. John Berger occupies a unique position in the international cultural landscape: artist, filmmaker, poet, philosopher, novelist, and essayist, he is also a deeply thoughtful political activist. In Hold... Read more >
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