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  • The Invention of Yesterday

    A 50,000-Year History of Human Culture, Conflict, and Connection

    by Tamim Ansary ...
    From language to culture to cultural collision: the story of how humans invented history, from the Stone Age to the Virtual AgeTraveling across millennia, weaving the experiences and world views of cultures both extinct and extant, The Invention of Yesterday shows that the engine of history is not so much heroic (battles won), geographic (farmers thrive), or anthropogenic (humans change the planet ... Read more

    $17.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

    Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible

    What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example:economicSome readers might assume that Moses married "below himself" because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites ... Read more

    $21.99 USD

  • Acid Dreams

    The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond

    “An engrossing account” of the history of LSD, the psychedelic 1960s, and the clandestine mind games of the CIA (William Burroughs).Beginning with the discovery of LSD in 1943, this “monumental social history of psychedelia” tracks the most potent drug known to science—from its use by the government during the paranoia of the Cold War to its spill-over into a revolutionary antiestablishment ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Flirtology

    by Jean Smith ...
    . How can I tell when someone is flirting with me?. How can I be a more confident flirt?. How do I avoid rejection?. Where are all the good men and women hiding?Flirtology is THE dating guide for the 21st century. In an age of swiping left and right, and hiding behind online profiles, this book shows you how to replace connectivity with connection.Flirtology debunks the myths that surround ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat

    by Aubrey Gordon ...
    From the creator of Your Fat Friend and co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast, an explosive indictment of the systemic and cultural bias facing plus-size people.Anti-fatness is everywhere. In What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon unearths the cultural attitudes and social systems that have led to people being denied basic needs because they are fat and calls for social ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Psychology of Totalitarianism

    The world is in the grips of mass formation—a dangerous, collective type of hypnosis—as we bear witness to loneliness, free-floating anxiety, and fear giving way to censorship, loss of privacy, and surrendered freedoms. It is all spurred by a singular, focused crisis narrative that forbids dissident views and relies on destructive groupthink.Desmet’s work on mass formation theory was brought to ... Read more

    $20.99 USD

  • When Money Talks

    A History of Coins and Numismatics

    by Frank L. Holt ...
    Coinage--it is one of the most successful and consistent technologies ever invented. Nothing else we still use in everyday life has a history quite like it. Look around at all the things that would bewilder a Greek, Roman, or Renaissance ancestor; then, dig into your purse or pocket for that one artifact that they would immediately recognize as part of their world. Historian Frank L. Holt takes us ... Read more

    $25.99 USD

  • Catching Fire

    How Cooking Made Us Human

    The groundbreaking theory of how fire and food drove the evolution of modern humansEver since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the evolution and world-wide dispersal of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in Catching Fire, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Growing Up Human

    The Evolution of Childhood

    In Growing Up Human, Brenna Hassett explores how our evolutionary history has shaped a phenomenon every reader will have experienced – childhood.Tracking deep into our evolutionary history, anthropological science has begun to unravel one particular feature that sets us apart from the many, many animals that came before us – our uniquely long childhoods. Growing Up Human looks at how we have ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • Cracking Complexity Now

    The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast

    Complexity has met its match! Today, organizations are grappling with ambiguity, volatility and paradox surrounding the challenges they face. This is complexity. But too many leaders approach complexity the wrong way - they push their people harder and harder and tackle problems one-at-a-time over months, sometimes even years and nearly always in a linear fashion. It's like setting a pot of water ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Paper Tangos

    by Julie Taylor ...
    series Public planet books
    Tango. A multidimensional expression of Argentine identity, one that speaks to that nation’s sense of disorientation, loss, and terror. Yet the tango mesmerizes dancers and audiences alike throughout the world. In Paper Tangos, Julie Taylor—a classically trained dancer and anthropologist—examines the poetics of the tango while describing her own quest to dance this most dramatic of paired dances ... Read more

    $17.99 USD

  • “You Just Need to Lose Weight”

    And 19 Other Myths About Fat People

    by Aubrey Gordon ...
    series Myths Made in America
    **“One of the great thinkers of our generation . . . I feel fresher and smarter and happier for sitting down with her.”—Jameela Jamil, iWeigh PodcastThe co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast and creator of Your Fat Friend equips you with the facts to debunk common anti-fat myths and with tools to take action for fat justice**The pushback that shows up in conversations about fat justice takes ... Read more

    $12.99 USD


  • Survival of the Friendliest

    Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

    A powerful new theory of human nature suggests that our secret to success as a species is our unique friendliness“Brilliant, eye-opening, and absolutely inspiring—and a riveting read. Hare and Woods have written the perfect book for our time.”—Cass R. Sunstein, author of How Change Happens and co-author of NudgeFor most of the approximately 300,000 years that Homo sapiens have existed, we have ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $8.99 USD

  • Producing Guanxi

    Sentiment, Self, and Subculture in a North China Village

    Throughout China the formation of guanxi, or social connections, involves friends, families, colleagues, and acquaintances in complex networks of social support and sentimental attachment. Focusing on this process in one rural north China village, Fengjia, Andrew Kipnis shows what guanxi production reveals about the evolution of village political economy, kinship and gender, and local patterns of ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Bullshit Jobs

    A Theory

    by David Graeber ...
    From David Graeber, the bestselling author of The Dawn of Everything and Debt—“a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate” (Slate)—a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs…and their consequences.Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Race and the Brazilian Body

    Blackness, Whiteness, and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro

    Based on spontaneous conversations of shantytown youth hanging out on the streets of their neighborhoods and interviews from the comfortable living rooms of the middle class, Jennifer Roth-Gordon shows how racial ideas permeate the daily lives of Rio de Janeiro’s residents across race and class lines. Race and the Brazilian Body weaves together the experiences of these two groups to explore what ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Gringolandia

    Lifestyle Migration under Late Capitalism

    by Matthew Hayes ...
    series Globalization and Community
    A telling look at today’s “reverse” migration of white, middle-class expats from north to south, through the lens of one South American cityEven as the “migration crisis” from the Global South to the Global North rages on, another, lower-key and yet important migration has been gathering pace in recent years—that of mostly white, middle-class people moving in the opposite direction. Gringolandia ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Running Out

    In Search of Water on the High Plains

    by Lucas Bessire ...
    Finalist for the National Book AwardAn intimate reckoning with aquifer depletion in America's heartlandThe Ogallala aquifer has nourished life on the American Great Plains for millennia. But less than a century of unsustainable irrigation farming has taxed much of the aquifer beyond repair. The imminent depletion of the Ogallala and other aquifers around the world is a defining planetary crisis of ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Rethinking Narcissism

    The Bad---and Surprising Good---About Feeling Special

    Harvard Medical School psychologist and Huffington Post blogger Craig Malkin addresses the "narcissism epidemic," by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, identifying ways to control the trait, and explaining how too little of it may be a bad thing."What is narcissism?" is one of the fastest rising searches on Google, and articles on the topic routinely go viral. Yet, the word "narcissist" ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The startling true history of how one extraordinary man from a remote corner of the world created an empire that led the world into the modern age—by the author featured in Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan.The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Local Histories/Global Designs

    Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking

    series Princeton Studies in Culture/Power/History
    Local Histories/Global Designs is an extended argument about the "coloniality" of power by one of the most innovative Latin American and Latino scholars. In a shrinking world where sharp dichotomies, such as East/West and developing/developed, blur and shift, Walter Mignolo points to the inadequacy of current practices in the social sciences and area studies. He explores the crucial notion of ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • Living Buddhism

    Mind, Self, and Emotion in a Thai Community

    In Living Buddhism, Julia Cassaniti explores Buddhist ideas of impermanence, nonattachment, and intention as they are translated into everyday practice in contemporary Thailand. Although most lay people find these philosophical concepts difficult to grasp, Cassaniti shows that people do in fact make an effort to comprehend them and integrate them as guides for their everyday lives. In doing so, ... Read more

    $16.99 USD

  • Introducing Postmodernism

    A Graphic Guide

    series Graphic Guides
    What connects Marliyn Monroe, Disneyworld, "The Satanic Verses" and cyber space? Answer: Postmodernism. But what exactly is postmodernism?This Graphic Guide explains clearly the maddeningly enigmatic concept that has been used to define the world's cultural condition over the last three decades.Introducing Postmodernism tracks the idea back to its roots by taking a tour of some of the most extreme ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • In Whose Ruins

    Power, Possession, and the Landscapes of American Empire

    In this “first-rate work of historical research and storytelling” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), four sites of American history are revealed as places where truth was written over by oppressive fiction—with profound repercussions for politics past and present.Popular narratives of American history conceal as much as they reveal, presenting a national identity based on harvesting treasures that ... Read more

    $14.99 USD