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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

In the highly acclaimed bestselling A Call to Action, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world’s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence...


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

Renowned blogger and Middle East expert Juan Cole takes us “inside the youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, showing us how activists used technology and social media to amplify their message and connect...


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

An award-winning scientist offers his unorthodox approach to childrearing: “Parentology is brilliant, jaw-droppingly funny, and full of wisdom…bound to change your thinking about parenting and its conventions”...


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

by Dr. Bill Thomas

From one of the most original and innovative thinkers in medicine, this “stirring and splendid book” (Wall Street Journal) offers groundbreaking insight to the postwar generation on facing their second coming...


No Excuses

by Abigail Thernstrom & Stephan Thernstrom

Black and Hispanic students are not learning enough in our public schools. Their typically poor performance is the most important source of ongoing racial inequality in America today. Thus, say Abigail and Stephan...


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,...


Peninsula of Lies: A True Story of Mysterious Birth and Taboo Love

by Edward Ball

Peninsula of Lies is a nonfiction mystery, set in haunting locales and peopled with fascinating characters, that unwraps the enigma of a woman named Dawn Langley Simmons, a British writer who lived in Charleston,...


Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society

by Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer exposes the heated controversy over gay rights and presents a passionate plea for the recognition of common values, "a place at the table" for everyone.


American Voyeur: Dispatches From the Far Reaches of Modern Life

by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

BENOIT DENIZET-LEWIS, one of the most perceptive and interesting journalists writing today, takes us into some unusual precincts of American society in American Voyeur.

Denizet-Lewis made news with his New York...


Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

by Sarah Vowell

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic,...


Gimme Shelter

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

"Of course I want a home," writes Mary Elizabeth Williams, "I'm American." Gimme Shelter is the first book to reveal how this primal desire, "encoded into our cultural DNA," drove our nation to extremes, from...


Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes

by Kevin Hechinger & Curtis Hechinger

Can you differentiate between the Amish and the Hasidic Jew?

Do you know the single, shocking difference between the Redneck and the Appalachian? Can you successfully identify -- and avoid -- the Charismatic,...


Snark

by David Denby

What is snark? You recognize it when you see it -- a tone of teasing, snide, undermining abuse, nasty and knowing, that is spreading like pinkeye through the media and threatening to take over how Americans...


Beatles vs. Stones

by John McMillian

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that...


Walk in Their Shoes (enhanced edition): Can One Person Change the World?

by Jim Ziolkowski & James S. Hirsch

Jim Ziolkowski gave up his career in corporate finance to create buildOn, a service-oriented program that goes into high-risk areas around the world to work with students in their communities. Under Jim’s...


The War Against Boys: How Misguided Policies are Harming Our Young Men

by Christina Hoff Sommers

An updated and revised edition of the controversial classic—now more relevant than ever—argues that boys are the ones languishing socially and academically, resulting in staggering social and economic costs....


Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in Ame

by Dudley Clendinen & Adam Nagourney

This is the definitive account of the last great struggle for equal rights in the twentieth century. From the birth of the modern gay rights movement in 1969, at the Stonewall riots in New York, through 1988,...