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Was Superman a Spy?: And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed

by Brian Cronin

Fascinating and often bizarre true stories behind more than 130 urban legends about comic book culture

Was Superman a Spy? demystifies all of the interesting stories, unbelievable anecdotes, wacky rumors, and...


In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time

by Peter Lovenheim

Read Peter Lovenheim's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Based on a popular New York Times Op-Ed piece, this is the quirky, heartfelt account of one man's quest to meet his neighbors-and find a sense of community....


Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

by Dana Thomas

Once luxury was available only to the rarefied and aristocratic world of old money and royalty. It offered a history of tradition, superior quality, and a pampered buying experience. Today, however, luxury is...


The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, & the Problem of Domination

by Jessica Benjamin

Why do people submit to authority and derive pleasure even others have over them? What is the appeal of domination and submission, and why are they so prevalent in erotic life? Why is it so difficult for men...


Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules

by Mona Harrington

The very presence of women in the law—normal as it may seem to us today—signals revolutionary change in a social order that for centuries entrusted control over its rules to men. Mona Harrington examines...


NEW YORK INTELLECT

by Thomas Bender

New York Intellect is Thomas Bender's remarkable look at the connections between the life of a city and the life of the mind. New York has never been comfortable or convenient as a milieu for art and intellect,...


A World Without Women: The Christian Clerical Culture of Western Science

by David F Noble

In this groundbreaking work of history, David Noble examines the origins and implications of the masculine culture of Western science and technology. He begins by asking why women have figure so little in the...


CITY OF WOMEN

by Christine Stansell

In this brilliant and vivid study of life in New York City during the years between the creation of the republic and the Civil War, a distinguished historian explores the position of men and women in both the...


NITPICKER'S GUIDE FOR DEEP SPACE (NEXT)

by Phil Farrand

Every episode of the first four seasons of equipment oddities, weird science, strange but true observations, and nutty technical difficulties for discriminating fans of Deep Space Nine.

Commanders Log, DS9: Star...


Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart

by Nadine Farghaly

This collection of essays examines the Lois Lane character in comic books, film, and television to address various aspects of sexuality, gender, social change, and feminism.


African American Children and Families in Child Welfare: Cultural Adaptation of Services

by Ramona Denby & Carla M. Curtis

This text proposes corrective action to improve the institutional care of African American children and their families, calling attention to the specific needs of this population and the historical, social,...


Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000

by Adam Fairclough

From the end of postwar Reconstruction in the South to an analysis of the rise and fall of Black Power, acclaimed historian Adam Fairclough presents a straightforward synthesis of the century-long struggle of...


The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

by Andrew J. Cherlin

The Marriage-Go-Round illuminates the shifting nature of America's most cherished social institution and explains its striking differences from marriage in other Western countries.

Andrew J. Cherlin's three...


Looking After Minidoka: An American Memoir

by Neil Nakadate

During World War II, 110,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and incarcerated by the U.S. government. In Looking After Minidoka the "internment camp" years become a prism for understanding three...


The War Game: Studies of the New Civilian Militarists

Film, Nihilism and the Restoration of Belief

by Darren Ambrose

This book explores the possibility that cinema can challenge our contemporary nihilism and restore belief in new transformative possibilities for life.


Heroes in the Night: Inside the Real Life Superhero Movement

by Tea Krulos

Tracing the author's journey into the strange subculture of Real Life Superheroes (RLSHs), this book examines citizens who have adopted comic book–style personas and have hit the streets to fight injustice...


The Language of Fashion

by Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was one of the most widely influential thinkers of the 20th Century and his immensely popular and readable writings have covered topics ranging from wrestling to photography. The semiotic power...


Jews, Antisemitism, and the Middle East

by Michael Curtis

Will animosity towards Jews and the State of Israel never end? This book ventures to rectify the misrepresentations, propaganda, obsessions, and falsifications widely disseminated in the media and public discourse,...


Student Diversity at the Big Three: Changes at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton since the 1920s