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The Life of a Geisha

by Eleanor Underwood & Liza Dalby

This book of Geisha culture and history features beautiful antique photographs and a wealth of information.Geisha have the odd distinction of being both legendary and real, and this book helps clarify those...

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

by Jonathan Kozol

For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents,...

Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

Asian American Literary Award 2009

by Leslie T. Chang

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

China has 130 million migrant workers—the largest migration in...

Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest

by Mary Jo Jo McConahay

Drawing upon three decades of working, traveling, and living in Central America’s remote and dangerous landscapes, this memoir chronicles a journalist’s fascinating experiences with the people, politics,...

Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen

by Reymundo Sanchez & Sonia Rodriguez

This is a raw and powerful memoir not only of one woman’s struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were...

Going Natural: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair

by Mireille Liong-A-Kong

With 73 percent of African American women suffering from hair breakage due to the use of straightening chemicals, this guide is the perfect resource to help them on their endeavor to go natural. The book not...

Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir

by Joe Bageant

Set between 1950 and 1963, this coming-of-age memoir discusses one of America’s most taboo subjects—social class. Combining recollection, accounts, and analysis, this book leans on Maw, Pap, Ony Mae, and...

The Seven Days of the Heart: Prayers for the Nights and Days of the Week

by Ibn 'Arabi, Pablo Beneito & Stephen Hirtenstein

Providing a precious glimpse into the real practice of the mystical life within the Sufi tradition, this volume marks the first time any of Ibn ‘Arabi's prayers have been translated into another language. The...

Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All

by James Alexander Alexander Langteaux

Representing a first in gay and Christian publishing, this provocative book presents a complete reversal of thought and action, contending that God loves homosexuals without attempting to refute scripture references....

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue

by Nicholas Teich

Written by a social worker, popular educator, and transgender man, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and unique experiences...

The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)

by Siva Vaidhyanathan

In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion. Into this creative chaos came Google with its dazzling mission-"To...

Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform

Apocalypse Culture

by Adam Parfrey

An unorthodox sociological approach to contemporary apocalyptic thought.

Social Protection as Development Policy

by Sarah Cook & Naila Kabeer

The Asian crisis of the late 1990s severely affected some of the most successful economies in the region, placing the issue of social protection high on the regional and international agenda. Subsequently, growth...

Surviving Twice

by Trin Yarborough

Inspiring and sometimes tragic personal stories of five Amerasian children left behind after the Vietnam War

Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion

by Ilya Parkins, Elizabeth M. Sheehan & Rita Felski

An interdisciplinary collection illuminating how fashion shaped concepts and practices of femininity and modernity

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

by Charles Murray

From the bestselling author of Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes.

In Coming Apart, Charles...

The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge

by John Bateson

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It's also the most deadly. Since it opened in 1937, more than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge,...

A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League

by Ron Suskind

It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.’s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double...

Come to the Edge: A Memoir

by Christina Haag

The Love Story of JFK Jr. and Christina Haag • New York Times bestseller


When Christina Haag was growing up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, John F. Kennedy, Jr., was just one of the boys in her circle...