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The Progress Paradox
How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse
Written by Gregg Easterbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7303-7 (0-8129-7303-8)

In The Progress Paradox, Gregg Easterbrook draws upon three decades of wide-ranging research and thinking to make the persuasive assertion that almost all aspects of Western life have vastly improved in the past century--yet today, according to research and anecdotal evidence, most men and women feel less 'happy' than in previous... Read more >

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Zeitoun

Written by Dave Eggers


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 15, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38794-3 (0-307-38794-1)

A New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
A New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
A Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
A Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
A San... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47437-7 (0-307-47437-2)

Eye-opening and thoroughly engaging, this is an indispensible look at American urban/suburban society and its future.

In The Great Inversion, Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanologists, reveals how the roles of America’s cities and suburbs are changing places—young adults and affluent retirees moving in, while immigrants and the less affluent are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City

Written by Alan Ehrenhalt


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27274-4 (0-307-27274-5)

In The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City we travel the nation with Alan Ehrenhalt, one of our leading urbanists, as he explains how America’s cities are changing, what makes them succeed or fail, and what this means for our future.

Just a couple of decades ago, we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Written by Sheri Fink


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71896-9 (0-307-71896-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2013 (Top Five Nonfiction)
Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Shortlisted for the ALA 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize
Finalist...
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Explore Everything
Place-Hacking the City
Written by Bradley Garrett


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-129-9 (1-78168-129-5)

It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us–the cities we live in–that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Capital Losses
A Cultural History of Washington's Destroyed Buildings, Second Edition
Written by James M. Goode


Format: Hardcover, 541 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $69.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-105-1 (1-58834-105-4)

Before the passage of critical preservation legislation in 1978, the Nation’s Capital lost an irreplaceable assembly of architecturally and culturally significant buildings. Wanton destruction in the name of progress–particularly in the decades immediately following World War II–resulted in a legacy forever lost, a cultural heritage destroyed by the wrecker’s ball. By... Read more >

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the immigrant suite
hey xenophobe! who you calling foreigner?
Written by Hattie Gossett


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 4, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-778-7 (1-58322-778-4)

Writing from the upper west side of Manhattan, where Harlem intersects with waves of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Korea, Cambodia, Ivory Coast, India, Native America, and from all over the globe, hattie gossett vividly invokes her neighborhood experience. With wit and candor, she questions why so many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Walking Home
The Life and Lessons of a City Builder
Written by Ken Greenberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35815-8 (0-307-35815-1)

One of the world’s foremost urban designers shares his passion and methods for rejuvenating neglected cities and argues passionately for the importance and possibilities of their renewal.

From a youth spent in the boroughs of New York City and other great cities of the world, to his beginnings as an architect in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Sustainable Urbanism and Beyond
Rethinking Cities for the Future
Edited by Tigran Haas


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3836-3 (0-8478-3836-6)

The city in the twenty-first century faces major challenges, including social and economic stratification, wasteful consumption of resources, transportation congestion, and environmental degradation. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and major metropolitan areas, and in the next two decades the number of city dwellers is estimated to... 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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Building Suburbia
Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000
Written by Dolores Hayden


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72721-4 (0-375-72721-3)

A lively history of the contested landscapes where the majority of Americans now live, Building Suburbia chronicles two centuries in the birth and development of America’s metropolitan regions.

From rustic cottages reached by steamboat to big box stores at the exit ramps of eight-lane highways, Dolores Hayden defines seven eras of suburban... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Experience of Place
A New Way of Looking at and Dealing With our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside
Written by Tony Hiss


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 1991
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73594-6 (0-679-73594-1)

This is a significant new analysis of the impact on our senses of our everyday surroundings: the subtle and pervasive ways in which, from childhood and throughout our lives, we experience place, and how the experience affects us for good or ill. Hiss shows how society can continue to grow without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Let Them Call Me Rebel
Saul Alinsky: His Life and Legacy
Written by Sandord D. Horwitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 618 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 31, 1992
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73418-5 (0-679-73418-X)

In the course of his flamboyant career as an all-purpose activist, Saul Alinsky went from organizing working-class ethnics in one of Chicago’s most blighted neighborhoods to mapping out strategies for the civil rights and antiwar movements of the 1960s. He enlisted allies-from Catholic clergymen to labor unionists and black activists-in battles... Read more >

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The Rivals
Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship
Written by Johnette Howard


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1885-5 (0-7679-1885-1)

Praise for THE RIVALS:

“For all our seeming familiarity with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, Johnette Howard takes us deep inside the greatest rivalry in tennis history to reveal how it took the two champions the length of their twenty year tennis war to truly know and love each other and themselves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Barcelona

Written by Robert Hughes


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 1993
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74383-5 (0-679-74383-9)

This is Hughes's monumentally informed and irresistibly opinionated guide to the most un-Spanish city in Spain. Hughes scrolls through Barcelona's often violent history, tells the stories of its kings, poets, magnates, and revolutionaries, and ushers readers through municipal landmarks that range from Antoni Gaudi's sublimely surreal cathedral to a postmodern restaurant... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Crash Course
The American Automobile Industry's Road to Bankruptcy and Bailout-and Beyond
Written by Paul Ingrassia


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8075-2 (0-8129-8075-1)

With an updated Afterword by the author

This is the epic saga of the American automobile industry’s rise and demise, a compelling story of hubris, missed opportunities, and self-inflicted wounds that culminates with the president of the United States ushering two of Detroit’s Big Three car companies—once proud symbols of prosperity—through bankruptcy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cities and the Wealth of Nations

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1985
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72911-4 (0-394-72911-0)

"Learned, iconoclastic and exciting. . . . Jacob's diagnosis of the decay of cities in an increasingly integrated world economy is on the mark." —The New York Times Book Review

"Not only comprehensible but entertaining. . . . Like Mrs. Jacobs' other books, it offers a concrete approach to an abstract and... Read more >

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Written by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74195-4 (0-679-74195-X)

A direct indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has become the standard against which all endeavors in that field are measured. Jacobs writes about what makes streets safe or unsafe; about what... Read more >

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Decoded

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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Decoded

Written by Jay-Z


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: November 16, 2010
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6892-0 (1-4000-6892-4)

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 of the most provocative and successful artists of our time.

“Hip-hop’s renaissance man drops a classic. . . . Heartfelt, passionate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

City Trenches

Written by Ira Katznelson


Format: eBook, 289 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 2, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83340-2 (0-307-83340-2)

The urban crisis of the 1960s revived a dormant social activism whose protagonists placed their hoped for radical change and political effectiveness in community action. Ironically, the insurgents chose the local community as their terrain for a political battle that in reality involved a few strictly local issues. They failed to... Read more >

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Orange Is the New Black
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52339-4 (0-385-52339-4)

Selected for Common Reading at Salem State University


With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Orange Is the New Black (Movie Tie-in Edition)
My Year in a Women's Prison
Written by Piper Kerman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8618-1 (0-8129-8618-0)

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at... Read more >

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Strength in What Remains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7761-5 (0-8129-7761-0)

Selected for Common Reading at:
Alvernia University
Arcadia University
Caldwell College
Claremont McKenna College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Penn State Berks
Stanford University
Sweet Briar College
Trinity College
University of Delaware
Western Michigan University

All Iowa Reads 2012
Reading Together 2011, Kalamazoo Public Library

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award


In Strength in What Remains, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder gives us... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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