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The Mushroom Hunters
On the Trail of an Underground America
Written by Langdon Cook


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-53625-9 (0-345-53625-8)

Within the dark corners of America’s forests grow culinary treasures. Chefs pay top dollar to showcase these elusive and beguiling ingredients on their menus. Whether dressing up a filet mignon with smoky morels or shaving luxurious white truffles over pasta, the most elegant restaurants across the country now feature an abundance... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage
The First Peoples of Alaska
Edited by Aron A. Crowell, Rosita Worl, Paul C. Ongtooguk and Dawn D. Biddison


Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 18, 2010
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-270-6 (1-58834-270-0)

Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska features more than 200 objects representing the masterful artistry and design traditions of twenty Alaska Native peoples. Based on a collaborative exhibition created by Alaska Native communities, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the... Read more >

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The Cave Painters
Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists
Written by Gregory Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7887-5 (1-4000-7887-3)

The Cave Painters is a vivid introduction to the spectacular cave paintings of France and Spain—the individuals who rediscovered them, theories about their origins, their splendor and mystery.

Gergory Curtis makes us see the astonishing sophistication and power of the paintings and tells us what is known about their creators, the Cro-Magnon... Read more >
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The Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Written by Charles Darwin


Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21463-5 (0-553-21463-2)

Darwin's classic and highly influential work about evolutionary processes and their role in shaping the origin of all species. Read more >

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Artifacts of the Spanish Colonies of Florida and the Caribbean, 1500-1800
Volume 2: Portable Personal Possessions
Written by Kathleen Deagan


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2002
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-035-1 (1-58834-035-X)

This long-awaited follow-up to Deagan’s first volume on ceramics, glassware, and beads focuses on the portable personal objects owned and used by the residents of Spanish colonial America. These objects are not only of Spanish origin; the collection includes many English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, and American pieces as well. Deagan... Read more >

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In Small Things Forgotten
An Archaeology of Early American Life
Written by James Deetz


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48399-5 (0-385-48399-6)

History is recorded in many ways. According to author James Deetz, the past can be seen most fully by studying the small things so often forgotten. Objects such as doorways, gravestones, musical instruments, and even shards of pottery fill in the cracks between large historical events and depict the intricacies of... Read more >
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The Third Chimpanzee for Young People
On the Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Written by Jared Diamond
Adapted by Rebecca Stefoff


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-522-7 (1-60980-522-4)

At some point during the last 100,000 years, humans began exhibiting traits and behavior that distinguished us from other animals, eventually creating language, art, religion, bicycles, spacecraft, and nuclear weapons all within a heartbeat of evolutionary time. Now, faced with the threat of nuclear weapons and the effects of climate change... Read more >
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Where the Girls Are
Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
Written by Susan J. Douglas


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-2530-2 (0-8129-2530-0)

Where the Girls Are is a tour through the confusing and contradictory images of women in American pop culture. Douglas looks back at the television programs, popular music, advertising, and nightly news reports of the past four decades to reveal the decidedly mixed messages conveyed to girls and women coming of... Read more >

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Re-Making Love
The Feminization Of Sex
Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 18, 1987
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-18499-1 (0-385-18499-9)

This provocative book reveals how the real sexual revolution was initiated by women -- not men -- and how it transformed both our behavior and our understanding of what sex means in our lives. Read more >

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This Cold Heaven
Seven Seasons in Greenland
Written by Gretel Ehrlich


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75852-5 (0-679-75852-6)

For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of... Read more >

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The Immense Journey
An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature
Written by Loren Eiseley


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1959
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70157-8 (0-394-70157-7)

"Dr. Eiseley has written a work of true science which must surely take its place also as great literature."--London Times Literary Supplement

In an unusual blend of scientific knowledge and imaginative vision, Eiseley, anthropologist and naturalist, tells the story of man. He reveals life's endless mysteries in his own experiences, departing from... Read more >
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Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

Edited by Pablo B. Eyzaguirre and Olga F. Linares


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-288-1 (1-58834-288-3)

Focusing on peoples throughout the tropical world, and including case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Venezuela, and Vietnam, Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity explains how both rural and urban households manage home garden diversity in ways that enable them to cope with change, and adapt their crops to new situations.

After introducing theoretical... Read more >

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I Begin My Life All Over
The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience
Written by Lillian Faderman


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7235-6 (0-8070-7235-4)

I Begin My Life All Over is an oral history of 36 real-life strangers in a strange land, an intimate study of the immigrant experience in contemporary America.

“Faderman has collected oral histories from individuals ranging from adults who escaped through the jungles of Laos, to the American-born teenagers anxious to negotiate... Read more >

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Farewell, My Subaru
An Epic Adventure in Local Living
Written by Doug Fine


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Villard
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7789-9 (0-8129-7789-0)

Selected for Common Reading at Western Connecticut State University


Like many Americans, Doug Fine enjoys his creature comforts, but he also knows full well they keep him addicted to oil. So he wonders: Is it possible to keep his Netflix and his car, his Wi-Fi and his subwoofers, and still reduce his... Read more >
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The Ark Before Noah
Decoding the Story of the Flood
Written by Irving Finkel


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-53711-7 (0-385-53711-5)

The recent translation of a Babylonian tablet launches a groundbreaking investigation into one of the most famous stories in the world, challenging the way we look at ancient history.
 
Since the Victorian period, it has been understood that the story of Noah, iconic in the Book of Genesis, and a central motif... Read more >
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Running with the Kenyans
Discovering the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth
Written by Adharanand Finn


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-52880-3 (0-345-52880-8)

Whether running is your recreation or your religion, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you, as he ventures to uncover the secrets of the fastest people on earth. Finn’s mesmerizing quest combines a fresh look at barefoot running, practical advice on the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Vikings
The North Atlantic Saga
Edited by William F. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2000
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-995-0 (1-56098-995-5)

Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book’s contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion... Read more >

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Power/Knowledge
Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1980
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73954-0 (0-394-73954-X)

Edited and with an afterword by Colin Gordon.  In this set of essays and interviews, Foucault interprets his writings on such themes as sexuality, politics, and punishment, stressing the contribution of each to the magnificent--and terrifying--portrait of society that he is compiling.  As Foucault shows, what he has always been describing is the... Read more >

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The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book
Singin', Praisin', Raisin'
Written by Foxfire Fund, Inc.


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74259-9 (0-307-74259-8)

For almost half a century, Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories, crafts, and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution.

The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book continues the beloved tradition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lost Boys
Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them
Written by James Garbarino


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 15, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49932-3 (0-385-49932-9)

"Remarkable—. What sets Lost Boys apart from the ordinary lament is the author's palpable sense of care and compassion."—The Washington Post Book World

In the past few years our national consciousness has been altered by haunting images of mass slaughters in American high schools, carried out by troubled young boys with guns... Read more >

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Asylums
Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates
Written by Erving Goffman


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 1961
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-00016-1 (0-385-00016-2)

Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"-closed worlds such as prisons, army camps, and nursing homes-where inmates are regimented, surrounded by other inmates, and unable to leave the premises. Special attention is given to mental hospitals, drawing on years of field work by the author and focusing on the... Read more >

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Sunnyvale
The Rise and Fall of a Silicon Valley Family
Written by Jeff Goodell


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 7, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77638-3 (0-679-77638-9)

In Sunnyvale, California, in 1979, Jeff Goodell's family lived quietly on Meadowlark Lane, unaware that their town was soon to become ground zero in the digital revolution. Over the course of the next decade, as Silicon Valley boomed, the Goodell family unraveled.

Splintered by their parent's divorce, Jeff and his siblings careen... Read more >
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Growing Up Absurd
Problems of Youth in the Organized Society
Written by Paul Goodman
Afterword by Susan Sontag
Foreword by Casey Nelson Blake


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: September 11, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-581-1 (1-59017-581-6)

Paul Goodman’s Growing Up Absurd was a runaway best seller when it was first published in 1960, and it became one of the defining texts of the New Left. Goodman was a writer and thinker who broke every mold and did it brilliantly—he was a novelist, poet, and a social theorist... Read more >
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The Table Comes First
Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
Written by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47696-8 (0-307-47696-0)

From the author of Paris to the Moon, a beguiling tour of the morals and manners of our present food mania, in search of eating’s deeper truths.

Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. With our top chefs as... Read more >
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