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The Spell of the Sensuous
Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Written by David Abram


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 25, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77639-0 (0-679-77639-7)

Winner of the Lannan Award for Nonfiction

David Abram's award-winning work of natural philosophy is already transforming debates at the forefront of environmental studies, psychology, anthropology, literary theory, and philosophy.  Praised for "combining poetic passion with intellectual rigor and daring," (Lannan Award citation), The Spell of the Sensuous explores the earthly, ecological dimensions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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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 >
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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 >
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Freedom
Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Written by Amnesty International USA


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58883-8 (0-307-58883-1)

Sixty years ago, the United Nations took a moral stand against human rights crimes and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a proclamation of thirty rights that belong to us all, starting memorably with Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal.”

Now, an array of internationally acclaimed... Read more >
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Centuries of Childhood
A Social History of Family Life
Written by Philippe Aries


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1965
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-70286-5 (0-394-70286-7)

The theme of this extraordinary book is the evolution of the modern conception of family life and the modern image  of the nature of children. Aries traces the evolution of the concept of childhood from the end of the Middle Ages, when the child was regarded as a small adult, to the... 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 >
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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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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 >

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Intertwined Lives
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle
Written by Lois W. Banner


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77612-3 (0-679-77612-5)

A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth-century American women. Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in 1922, when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher. They became sexual partners (though both married), and pioneered in the then male-dominated discipline of... Read more >
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Jihad vs. McWorld
Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy
Written by Benjamin Barber


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-38304-4 (0-345-38304-4)

With an introduction that addresses the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This is a timely, compelling, and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. On the one hand, consumer capitalism on the global level is rapidly dissolving the social and economic barriers... Read more >
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Aman
The Story of a Somali Girl
As told to Virginia Lee Barnes and Janice Boddy


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76209-6 (0-679-76209-4)

This is the extraordinary first-person account of a young woman's coming of age in Somalia and her struggles against the obligations and strictures of family and society.  By the time she is nine, Aman has undergone a ritual circumcision ceremony; at eleven, her innocent romance with a white boy leads to a... 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 >
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The Vulnerable Observer
Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart
Written by Ruth Behar


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 6, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4631-9 (0-8070-4631-0)

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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Recreating First Contact
Expeditions, Anthropology, and Popular Culture
Edited by Joshua A. Bell, Alison K. Brown and Robert J. Gordon


Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-935623-14-4 (1-935623-14-1)

Recreating First Contact explores themes related to the proliferation of adventure travel which emerged during the early twentieth century and that were legitimized by their associations with popular views of anthropology. During this period, new transport and recording technologies, particularly the airplane and automobile and small, portable, still and motion-picture cameras... Read more >
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In Praise of Nepotism
A History of Family Enterprise from King David to George W. Bush
Written by Adam Bellow


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49389-5 (0-385-49389-4)

Nepotism is one of those social habits we all claim to deplore in America; it offends our sense of fair play and our pride in living in a meritocracy. But somehow nepotism prevails; we all want to help our own and a quick glance around reveals any number of successful families... Read more >
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Lilac and Flag

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 188 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73719-3 (0-679-73719-7)

Berger renders the movement of a people and the passing of a way of life in his masterwork, the Into Their Labours trilogy. With Lilac and Flag, the Alpine village of the two earlier volumes has been forsaken for the mythic city of Troy. Here, amidst the shantytowns, factories, and opulent... Read more >
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Once in Europa

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73716-2 (0-679-73716-2)

The second volume in the Into Their Labours trilogy, Once in Europa is a luminous collection of interwoven stories which serves as a portrait of two worlds--a small Alpine village bound to the earth and by tradition, and the restless, future-driven culture that will inevitably invade it. The instrument of entrapment... Read more >
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Pig Earth

Written by John Berger


Format: Trade Paperback, 210 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 27, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73715-5 (0-679-73715-4)

With this haunting first volume of his Into Their Labours trilogy, Berger begins his chronicle of the eclipse of peasant cultures in the twentieth century. Set in a small village in the French Alps, Pig Earth relates the stories of skeptical, hard-working men and fiercely independent women; of calves born and... Read more >
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The East, the West, and Sex
A History
Written by Richard Bernstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71389-7 (0-375-71389-1)

In this wide-ranging history, Richard Bernstein explores the connection between sex and power as it has played out between Eastern cultures and the Western explorers, merchants, and conquerors who have visited them. This illuminating book describes the historical and ongoing encounter between these travelers and the morally ambiguous opportunities they found... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Daisy Bates in the Desert
A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines
Written by Julia Blackburn


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74446-7 (0-679-74446-0)

In 1913, at the age of 54, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. Brilliantly reviewed, astonishingly original, this "eloquent and illuminating portrait of an extraordinary woman" (New York Times Book Review) tells a fascinating, true story in the tradition of Isak Dinesen and Barry Lopez. Read more >
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7932-9 (0-8129-7932-X)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Skidmore College
University of...
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Written by Katherine Boo


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-6755-8 (1-4000-6755-3)

Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize


Selected for Common Reading at:
Concordia University
Michigan State University
Northeastern...
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Tibet: Culture on the Edge

Written by Phil Borges


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3691-8 (0-8478-3691-6)

Firsthand accounts and spectacular photographs combine to form a fascinating portrait of the endangered Tibetan people, their plateau, and their cultural landscape. Known as the “water tower of Asia,” the Tibetan Plateau is heating up twice as fast as the global average. These rapidly melting glaciers-along with recent unprecedented development on... Read more >

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Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

Written by John Boswell


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 30, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75164-9 (0-679-75164-5)

The result of twelve years of research, Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe focuses on Boswell's discovery of Catholic and Orthodox liturgies for same-sex unions, here translated into English for the first time. These ceremonies, which were performed throughout Christendom into modern times, are shown to bear striking resemblance to heterosexual... Read more >
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