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Origins Reconsidered
In Search of What Makes Us Human
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1993
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-46792-6 (0-385-46792-3)

Beginning with his stunning discovery of a 1.5 million-year-old skeleton near Kenya's Lake Turkana, world-renowned anthropologist Richard Leakey explores our fossil record and asks fundamental questions about the origins and evolution of the human species.

PRAISE FOR ORIGINS RECONSIDERED

"Readable, exciting and provocative big sky popular science."  --Washington Post Book World

"Crisply written... It is... Read more >

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The Sixth Extinction
Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
Written by Richard E. Leakey
Contribution by Roger Lewin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-46809-1 (0-385-46809-1)

In this tour de force which will inform your students, Leakey and Lewin examine the five mass extinctions that have taken place in history-each of which claimed 65% of Earth's species. The authors draw parallels between these evolutionary crises and mankind's destruction of 30,000 species per year in the present. The... Read more >

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The Worlding Project
Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization
Edited by Christopher Leigh Connery and Rob Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 30, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-680-2 (1-55643-680-7)

Globalization discourse now presumes that the “world space” is entirely at the mercy of market norms and forms promulgated by reactionary U.S. policies. An academic but accessible set of studies, this wide range of essays by noted scholars challenges this paradigm with diverse and strong arguments. Taking on topics that range... Read more >

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Myth and Meaning
Cracking the Code of Culture
Written by Claude Levi-Strauss


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 14, 1995
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1038-5 (0-8052-1038-5)

With a Foreword by Wendy Doniger. In this expanded collection of five lectures originally delivered on the Canadian radio series "Ideas," Lévi-Strauss offers the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.

"Myth and Meaning touches upon all of Lévi-Strauss's great methodological paradoxes: the... Read more >

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A General Theory of Love

Written by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70922-7 (0-375-70922-3)

A primordial area of the brain, far older than reason or thinking, creates both the capacity and the need for emotional intimacy that all humans share. A General Theory of Love describes the workings of this ancient, pivotal urge and reveals that our nervous systems are not self-contained. Instead, our brains... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plain Secrets
An Outsider among the Amish
Written by Joe Mackall


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1065-5 (0-8070-1065-0)

Joe Mackall has lived surrounded by the Swartzentruber Amish community of Ashland County, Ohio, for over sixteen years. They are the most traditional and insular of all the Amish sects: the Swartzentrubers live without gas, electricity, or indoor plumbing; without lights on their buggies or cushioned chairs in their homes; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Coming White Minority
California, Multiculturalism, and America's Future
Written by Dale Maharidge


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75008-6 (0-679-75008-8)

Some time after 2050, the population of the United States will be less than half white. California, however, has already experienced this seismic demographic shift. The current debate in California—often dominated by the extremists of both the right and the left—and its outcome are harbingers of the nation's future. How the... Read more >

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The Woman in the Body
A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction
Written by Emily Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2001
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4645-6 (0-8070-4645-0)

A bold reappraisal of science and society, The Woman in the Body explores the different ways that women’s reproduction is seen in American culture. Contrasting the views of medical science with those of ordinary women from diverse social and economic backgrounds, anthropologist Emily Martin presents unique fieldwork on American culture and... Read more >

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Living Santerķa
Rituals and Experiences in an Afro-Cuban Religion
Written by Michael Atwood Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-077-1 (1-58834-077-5)

In 1992 Smithsonian anthropologist Michael Atwood Mason traveled to Cuba for initiation as a priest into the Santería religion. Since then he has created an active oricha “house” and has initiated five others as priests. He is a rare combination: a scholar-practitioner who is equally fluent in his profession and his... Read more >

A Scattered People

Written by Gerald McFarland


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 5, 2013
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-82821-7 (0-307-82821-2)

The movement of millions of ordinary people westward across the American continent was one of the great folk migrations of all time, stretching over two centuries and thousands of hard-traveled miles. Using a canvas as broad as the country itself, Gerald McFarland turns this journey into a resonant personal experience by... Read more >

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The Venus Blueprint
Uncovering the Ancient Science of Sacred Spaces
Written by Richard Merrick


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: May 22, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-538-4 (1-58394-538-5)

In 2010, Richard Merrick took a family trip to Scotland’s Rosslyn chapel–the enigmatic fifteenth-century temple made famous by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. Little did he know he was about to embark upon an intellectual and personal journey that would lead to the discovery of a real-life lost symbol–one that... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why We Hate Us
American Discontent in the New Millennium
Written by Dick Meyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 22, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-40663-7 (0-307-40663-6)

"Dick Meyer has done the impossible -- he diagnoses the self-loathing, moral confusion and ennui that infect supersized America without hectoring us and badgering us, and without tiresome self-righteousness or smugness. Why We Hate Us takes us on a rollicking, laugh-out-loud ride across the brittle American landscape, and by 'us' I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How I Learned English
55 Accomplished Latinos Recall Lessons in Language and Life
Written by Tom Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: August 21, 2007
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0097-7 (1-4262-0097-8)

All over the world there are people struggling to master the quirks and challenges of English. In today's America, many millions of them are Latino—and in this eloquent collection, nearly 60 of the best known contribute fascinating, revealing, often touching essays on the very personal process each went through to achieve... Read more >

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The Other Wes Moore
One Name, Two Fates
Written by Wes Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52820-7 (0-385-52820-5)

Winner, 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award, Nonfiction
A 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book


Selected for Common Reading at:

Colleges & Universities
Bay Path College (Springfield, MA)
Becker College (Worcester, MA)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Blue Ridge Community College (Flat Rock, NC)
Brookhaven College (Farmers Branch, TX)
Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA)
Cabrini College... Read more >

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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Underground
The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
Written by Haruki Murakami


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 10, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72580-7 (0-375-72580-6)

From Haruki Murakami, internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Wood, a work of literary journalism that is as fascinating as it is necessary, as provocative as it is profound.

In March of 1995, agents of a Japanese religious cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin, a gas... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Early Home Computers

Written by Kevin Murrell


Format: Trade Paperback, 48 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1216-6 (0-7478-1216-0)

This is the story of the people and machines that revolutionized the world and made personal computers an integral part of every home. For the typical family in the 1960s and 1970s, computers were both fascinating and frightening, but largely a mystery. Developments in microelectronics in the early 1970s meant that... Read more >

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Start Something That Matters

Written by Blake Mycoskie


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8144-5 (0-8129-8144-8)

Selected for common reading at Coastal Carolina University, Craven Coummunity College, Missouri State University, Philadelphia University, and SUNY Buffalo

The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good

“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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From the Ground Up
A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation
Written by Jeanne Nolan
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9299-1 (0-8129-9299-7)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Journey to the Vanished City
The Search for a Lost Tribe of Israel
Written by Tudor Parfitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 4, 2000
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72454-1 (0-375-72454-0)

In a mixture of travel, adventure, and scholarship, historian Tudor Parfitt sets out in search of answers to a fascinating ethnological puzzle: is the Lemba tribe of Southern Africa really one of the lost tribes of Israel, descended from King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba?

Beginning in the Lemba villages in... Read more >

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Long Life, Honey in the Heart

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: October 20, 2004
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-538-6 (1-55643-538-X)

Martín Prechtel continues the narrative of his unique life in Santiago Atitlan in Long Life, Honey in the Heart, an eloquent memoir replete with the subtle intelligence and sophistication of Mayan culture. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Guatemala's political upheaval in the 1980s, this heady mix of magic, humor, and... Read more >

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Stealing Benefacio's Roses

Written by Martin Prechtel
Illustrated by Martin Prechtel


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 7, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-587-4 (1-55643-587-8)

Following the acclaimed Secrets of the Talking Jaguar and Long Life, Honey in the Heart, this is an expansive, lyrical novel in the tradition of indigenous oral storytelling. Based on the author's many years of living in a Guatemalan village, Stealing Benefacio's Roses interweaves dramatic recountings of village life and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dead Man Walking
The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
Written by Helen Prejean
Preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Afterword by Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75131-1 (0-679-75131-9)

In Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean takes the reader inside the United States' death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.  In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ecology, Meaning, and Religion

Written by Roy A. Rappaport


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: February 3, 1993
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-938190-27-1 (0-938190-27-X)

"While many anthropologists of various epistemological persuasions would perhaps dismiss such topics as the business of priests rather than of scientists, Rappaport correctly perceives that the problem of man's religious consciousness is not only a legitimate object of anthropological study, it might well be the most critical test to which any... Read more >

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The Cultural Creatives
How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
Written by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 2, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80845-0 (0-609-80845-1)

ARE YOU A CULTURAL CREATIVE?

Do you dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods?

Do you care deeply about the destruction of the environment and would pay higher taxes or prices to clean it up and to stop global... Read more >
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