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Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk about Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom

by Ira Berlin & Marc Favreau

"A Best Book of the Year" —Library Journal and Booklist

Using excerpts from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the 1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writer's Project, this astonishing...


MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

by Rachel Bertsche

When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is...


Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

by Tom Bissell

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles,...


The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters

by Jeffrey Zaslow

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girls from Ames shares an intimate look at a small-town bridal shop, its multigenerational female owners, and the love between parents and daughters as they prepare...


The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

"Timely and sympathetic . . . a work of impassioned advocacy."         --People

A hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same. The ideal of...


Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems

by Rod Carveth, James B. South & William Irwin

A look at the philosophical underpinnings of the hit TV show, Mad Men

With its swirling cigarette smoke, martini lunches, skinny ties, and tight pencil skirts, Mad Men is unquestionably one of the most stylish,...


Dear Self: A Year In The Life of A Welfare Mother

by Richelene Mitchell, Susanah I Pittam & Imam Zaid Shakir

Dear Self is the penetrating journal of Richelene Mitchell, a young African American mother of seven struggling to raise her children while wrestling with the burden of poverty, callous public policy, and both...


True Secrets of Lesbian Desire: Keeping Sex Alive in Long-Term Relationships

by Renate Stendhal & Jewelle Gomez

Renate Stendhal sweeps out the old myths about bed death, the notion that lesbian couples tend to be too close to maintain sexual desire. Her own story and her talks with counseling clients prove the contrary....


The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

by Steven Pinker

A provocative history of violence—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank Slate

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species'...


Why I Am a Five Percenter

by Michael Muhammad Knight

A thoughtful, insider view of The Five Percenters-a deeply complex and misunderstood community whose ideas and symbols influenced the rise of hip-hop.

Misrepresented in the media as a black parallel to the...


Dr. Susan Taylor's Rx for Brown Skin

by Susan C. Taylor

Brown skin has a naturally warm, glowing complexion that ranges in shade from yellow to olive to dark brown and black (Asian, Latin, African-American, and Native American skin). The extra melanin that imparts...


Friendly Fire: The Accidental Shootdown of U.S. Black Hawks over Northern Iraq

by Scott A. Snook

On April 14, 1994, two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters accidentally shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopters over Northern Iraq, killing all twenty-six peacekeepers onboard. In response to this disaster the...


Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East

by Brian Whitaker

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in the Arab world. While clerics denounce it as a heinous sin, newspapers write cryptically of 'shameful acts' and 'deviant behaviour'. Amid the calls for reform in the Middle...


The Book of Kink: Sex Beyond the Missionary

by Eva Christina

How to get your Fifty Shades on...

For anyone who’s felt...inspired...after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, The Book of Kink both entertains and enlightens, showing you the who, what, where, why, and how...


Is Marriage for White People?: How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone

by Ralph Richard Banks

A distinguished Stanford law professor examines the steep decline in marriage rates among the African American middle class, and offers a paradoxical-nearly incendiary-solution.

Black women are three times...


A History of Women in America

by Carol Hymowitz & Michaele Weissman

From colonial to modern-day times this narrative history, incorporating first-person accounts, traces the development of women's roles in America. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements,...


The Future of the Race

by Henry Louis Jr Gates & Cornel West

Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented...


AA to Z: An Addictionary of the 12-Step Culture

by Christopher Cavanaugh

What does a codependent say to his mate when he wakes up?  

"Good  morning, how am I?"

--Overheard at a Codependents Anonymous meeting

Throughout the world today, more than two million alcoholics and hundreds...


Cooking with Cannabis: The Most Effective Methods of Preparing Food and Drink with Marijuana, Hashish, and Hash Oil Third E

by Adam Gottlieb

Cooking with Cannabis includes everything from soup to nuts. The epicurean marijuana enthusiast combines altered consciousness with good taste. Includes tasty recipes for boiling, baking, sauteeing, jellying,...


Letters to Penthouse IV: They Stop at Nothing - and They Tell It All!

by Penthouse International

Fiction may be fun, but nowhere is fact more stimulating, satisfying, and real than in the letters to Penthouse magazine. Here, as told in their own uninhibited words, is the state of the union between men and...