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Bowling Alone

by Robert D. Putnam

Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work -- but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, Bowling Alone...


The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

by Alex Bellos

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to cones, curves and the dreaded calculus, Alex takes you on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. He sifts through over...


A Collection of Chinese Maxims

by Yin Haibo, To Be Announced & Yin Bangyan

A beautiful collection of Chinese maxims now available in both the original Chinese and in English translation. They cover such diverse topics as government, learning, cultivation of character, affections, and...


A Panoramic View of Chinese Culture

by Wu Dingming

A Panoramic View of Chinese Culture is an accessible introduction to the beautiful, vibrant world of Chinese customs, history, and civilization. Written for English speakers, with simplified Chinese translations...


One River

by Wade Davis

The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

In 1941, Professor...


Sick Societies

by Robert B. Edgerton

Author and scholar Robert Edgerton challenges the notion that primitive societies were happy and healthy before they were corrupted and oppressed by colonialism. He surveys a range of ethnographic writings,...


The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice

by Vanessa M. Gezari

A “sharp-eyed look at the complexities of war” (Parade), that explores the inner workings of the Human Terrain System, a Pentagon program that sends civilian social scientists into war zones to help soldiers...


The New Mind of the South

by Tracy Thompson

There are those who say the South has disappeared. But in her groundbreaking, thought-provoking exploration of the region, Tracy Thompson, a Georgia native and Pulitzer Prize finalist, asserts that it has merely...


Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farm

by Richard Rhodes

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Richard Rhodes’s year-long journey into the heart of American agriculture reveals a life trapped between two eras: the modern and the traditional, the future and the past.

Richly...


In Search of the Old Ones

by David Roberts

An exuberant, hands-on fly-on-the-wall account that combines the thrill of canyoneering and rock climbing with the intellectual sleuthing of archaeology to explore the Anasazi.

David Roberts describes the culture...


The Serpent and the Rainbow

by Wade Davis

A scientific investigation and personal adventure story about zombis and the voudoun culture of Haiti by a Harvard scientist.

In April 1982, ethnobotanist Wade Davis arrived in Haiti to investigate two documented...


Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping

by Paco Underhill

Revolutionary retail guru Paco Underhill is back with a completely revised edition of his classic, witty bestselling book on our ever-evolving consumer culture—full of fresh observations and important lessons...


Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic

by Jonny Steinberg

At the age of twenty-nine, Sizwe Magadla is among the most handsome, well-educated, and richest of the men in his poverty-stricken village. Dr. Hermann Reuter, a son of old South West African stock, wants to...


The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

by Eric Weiner

“An intellectual odyssey, a traveler’s diary, and a comic novel all rolled into one. Smart, original, and utterly delightful.” —Daniel Gilbert, Harvard professor and bestselling author of Stumbling on...


Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir

by Wednesday Martin

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

The book that has outraged the social elite!

“Eye-popping” —People

“Amusing, perceptive and…deliciously evil” —The New York Times Book Review

“Juicy, sexy, bawdy...