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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...


A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

by Jimmy Carter

The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.

President Carter...


Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

by David Brooks

Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those...


The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

by Juan Cole

The renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole illuminates the role of today’s Arab youth—who they are, what they want, and how they will affect world politics.

Beginning in January 2011, the revolutionary...


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...


Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask

by Dalton Conley

All parenting is about experimenting (whether you know it or not).

It begins on the day our kids start to teethe, as we do backflips to distract them from the pain, and continues all the way through their teenage...


Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life

by Dr. Bill Thomas

How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?

When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It’s...


Wacky Chicks: Life Lessons from Fearlessly Inappropriate and Fabulously Eccentric Women

by Simon Doonan

Most of us know a wacky chick. She's a true nonconformist, a woman who dares to be different. On any ordinary day she might be found performing a citizen's arrest, running a concession stand at a swingers' convention,...


She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea

by Joan Druett

With her pistols loaded she went aboard

And by her side hung a glittering sword

In her belt two daggers, well armed for war

Was this female smuggler

Was this female smuggler who never feared a scar.

If a "hen...


Why Marriage Matters

by Evan Wolfson

Why Marriage Matters offers a compelling and clear discussion of a question at the forefront of our national consciousness. It is the work of a brilliant civil rights litigator who has dedicated his life to...


The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness

by Steven Levy

On October 23, 2001, Apple Computer, a company known for its chic, cutting-edge technology -- if not necessarily for its dominant market share -- launched a product with an enticing promise: You can carry an...


Shopping for God: How Christianity Went from In Your Heart to In Your Face

by James B. Twitchell

Not so long ago religion was a personal matter that was seldom discussed in public. No longer. Today religion is everywhere, from books to movies to television to the internet-to say nothing about politics....


I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen: Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger

by Amy Wilentz

From one of our most astute contemporary writers, Amy Wilentz, comes an irreverent, inventive portrait of the state of California and its unlikely governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The prizewinning author, a...


Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America

by John M. Barry

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known...


On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense

by David Brooks

The author of the acclaimed bestseller Bobos in Paradise, which hilariously described the upscale American culture, takes a witty look at how being American shapes us, and how America's suburban civilization...


Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts: Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World

by Regena Thomashauer

The irrepressible founder of a hugely popular "school for goddesses" shows you how celebrating your sensuality can help you achieve your dreams.

You've heard the saying "Do what you love, and the money will...


Squandering Aimlessly: My Adventures in the American Marketplace

by David Brancaccio

Poor, misguided fellow. David Brancaccio, host of public radio's rambunctious and eclectic business program Marketplace, used to think the big problem with money was getting some. Didn't he understand that during...


Roads: Driving America's Great Highways

by Larry Mcmurtry

As he crisscrosses America -- driving in search of the present, the past, and himself -- Larry McMurtry shares his fascination with this nation's great trails and the culture that has developed around them.

Ever...


A Class Apart

by Alec Klein

Enter Stuyvesant High, one of the most extraordinary schools in America, a place where the brainiacs prevail and jocks are embarrassed to admit they play on the woeful football team. Academic competition is...


Living History

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton is known to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Yet few beyond her close friends and family have ever heard her account of her extraordinary journey. She writes with candor,...