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  • Fantasyland

    How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

    by Kurt Andersen ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’DonnellHow did we get here?In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, ... Read more

    $4.99 USD

  • The Heroine's Journey: For Writers, Readers, and Fans of Pop Culture

    by Gail Carriger ...
    Tired of the hero's journey? Frustrated that funny, romantic, and comforting stories aren't taken seriously? Sad that the books and movies you love never seem to be critically acclaimed, even when they sell like crazy?The heroine's journey is here to help.Multiple New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a clear concise analysis of the heroine's journey, how it differs from the ... Read more

    $6.99 USD

  • Fame

    The Hijacking of Reality

    "Wholly riveting."--New York Times Book Review"Justine Bateman was famous before selfies replaced autographs, and bags of fan mail gave way to Twitter shitstorms. And here's the good news: she took notes along the way. Justine steps through the looking glass of her own celebrity, shatters it, and pieces together, beyond the shards and splinters, a reflection of her true self. The transformation is ... Read more

    $19.49 USD

  • The Nineties

    A Book

    **An instant New York Times bestseller!From the bestselling author of But What if We’re Wrong, a wise and funny reckoning with the decade that gave us slacker/grunge irony about the sin of trying too hard, during the greatest shift in human consciousness of any decade in American history.**It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • One Summer

    America, 1927

    by Bill Bryson ...
    **A Chicago Tribune Noteworthy BookA GoodReads Reader's ChoiceIn One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.**The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Lost at Sea

    The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    by Jon Ronson ...
    The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Superman

    The Unauthorized Biography

    by Glen Weldon ...
    A celebration of Superman's life and history?in time for his 75th birthdayHow has the Big Blue Boy Scout stayed so popular for so long? How has he changed with the times, and what essential aspects of him have remained constant? This fascinating biography examines Superman as a cultural phenomenon through 75 years of action-packed adventures, from his early years as a social activist in circus ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Two Wheels Good

    The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

    by Jody Rosen ...
    NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A panoramic revisionist portrait of the nineteenth-century invention that is transforming the twenty-first-century world“The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride—across the centuries and around the globe, through startling history and vivid first-person reporting.”—Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of PainThe bicycle ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Queer Transfigurations

    Boys Love Media in Asia

    series Asia Pop!
    The boys love (BL) genre was created for girls and women by young female manga (comic) artists in early 1970s Japan to challenge oppressive gender and sexual norms. Over the years, BL has seen almost irrepressible growth in popularity and since the 2000s has become a global media phenomenon, weaving its way into anime, prose fiction, live-action dramas, video games, audio dramas, and fan works. BL ... Read more

    $23.79 USD

  • How Evil Works

    Understanding and Overcoming the Destructive Forces That Are Transforming America

    David Kupelian, veteran journalist and bestselling author of The Marketing of Evil, probes the millennia-old questions of evil—what it is, how it works, and why it so routinely and effortlessly ruins our lives—once again demonstrating his uncanny knack for demystifying complex, elusive, and intimidating subjects with fresh insights into the hidden mechanisms of seduction, corruption, religion, and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • How We Show Up

    Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community

    by Mia Birdsong ...
    An Invitation to Community and Models for ConnectionAfter almost every presentation activist and writer Mia Birdsong gives to executives, think tanks, and policy makers, one of those leaders quietly confesses how much they long for the profound community she describes. They have family, friends, and colleagues, yet they still feel like they're standing alone. They're "winning" at the American ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • The Age of American Unreason

    by Susan Jacoby ...
    A cultural history of the last forty years, The Age of American Unreasonfocuses on the convergence of social forces—usually treated as separate entities—that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the failure of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • Sex and the Kitty

    A Celebrity Meowmoir

    by Nancy the Cat ...
    A hilarious feline memoir charting Nancy the Cat’s transformation from small-town kitty into celebrity glamour-puss.Even as a kitten, Nancy knew she was different. Unlike her peers, who were content to hunt mice and sunbathe all day, Nancy was born with a thirst for adventure.She first tastes local fame after hitching rides in strangers' cars and visiting neighborhood pubs, but soon the fearless ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Freakonomics Rev Ed

    A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth.Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • The Barbarians

    An Essay on the Mutation of Culture

    Translated by Stephen Sartarelli ...
    From one of Italy's most respected literary voices, a manifesto on the state of global culture and how connectivity is changing the way we experience it. For the gatekeepers of traditional high culture, the rise of young ambitious outsiders has indeed seemed like nothing short of a barbarian invasion. In this concise and powerful manifesto, Alessandro Baricco explores a handful of realms that have ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Up the Trail

    How Texas Cowboys Herded Longhorns and Became an American Icon

    by Tim Lehman ...
    series How Things Worked
    How did cattle drives come about—and why did the cowboy become an iconic American hero?Cattle drives were the largest, longest, and ultimately the last of the great forced animal migrations in human history. Spilling out of Texas, they spread longhorns, cowboys, and the culture that roped the two together throughout the American West. In cities like Abilene, Dodge City, and Wichita, buyers paid ... Read more

    $16.39 USD

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse

    A Study of the Twelve Films and Five Novels

    by David Kalat ...
    The Mabuse phenomenon is recognized as an icon of horror in Germany as Frankenstein and Dracula are in the United States. A study of the 12 motion pictures and five books (and some secondary films) that make up the eight decades of adventures of master criminal Mabuse, created by author Norbert Jacques in the best-selling 1922 German novel and brought to the screen by master filmmaker Fritz Lang ... Read more

    $14.79 USD

  • The Power of Fun

    How to Feel Alive Again

    If you’re not having fun, you’re not fully living. The author of How to Break Up with Your Phone makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being—and shows us how to have more of it.“This delightful book might just be what we need to start flourishing.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Adam GrantJournalist and screen/life balance expert Catherine Price ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $9.99 USD

  • Wonderful Tonight

    George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible story“A charming, lively and seductive book . . . The appeal of Wonderful Tonight is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’”—The New York Times Book ReviewPattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • Diners, Dudes, and Diets

    How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture

    series Studies in United States Culture
    The phrase "dude food" likely brings to mind a range of images: burgers stacked impossibly high with an assortment of toppings that were themselves once considered a meal; crazed sports fans demolishing plates of radioactively hot wings; barbecued or bacon-wrapped . . . anything. But there is much more to the phenomenon of dude food than what's on the plate. Emily J. H. Contois's provocative book ... Read more

    $17.09 USD

  • The Outrage Industry

    Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility

    series Studies in Postwar American Political Development
    In early 2012, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University law student who advocated for insurance coverage of contraceptives, "wants to be paid to have sex." Over the next few days, Limbaugh attacked Fluke personally, often in crude terms, while a powerful backlash grew, led by organizations such as the National Organization for Women. But perhaps what ... Read more

    $28.49 USD

  • When Clothes Become Fashion

    Design and Innovation Systems

    When, how and why do clothes become fashion? Fashion is more than mere clothing. It is a moment of invention, a distillation of desire, a reflection of a zeitgeist. It is also a business relying on an intricate network of manufacture, marketing and retail. Fashion is both medium and message but it does not explain itself. It requires language and images for its global mediation. It develops from ... Read more

    $32.39 USD

  • LIFE Jaws

    In 1975, Steven Spielberg's Jaws transformed the Hollywood landscape, sparked a cultural phenomenon and took a huge bite out of the collective psyche, with the public always wondering what lurked just beneath the surface of the water. The first true summer blockbuster was a masterpiece of the thriller genre, following the terrifying ordeal of a beach community under attack by a monstrous great ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Sunshine on Putty: The Golden Age of British Comedy from Vic Reeves to The Office

    by Ben Thompson ...
    The definitive history of a golden age in British show-business, Sunshine On Putty is based on hundreds of interviews with the leading comedians of the era, as well as managers, agents, producers, directors, executives and TV personalities.In the 1990s, British comedy underwent a renaissance – shows like The Fast Show, The Day Today, Shooting Stars, The League of Gentlemen, The Royle Family and ... Read more

    $0.99 USD