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  • The Fifties

    This vivid New York Times bestseller about 1950s America from a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist is “an engrossing sail across a pivotal decade” (Time).Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb. Ozzie and Harriet. Elvis. Civil rights. It’s undeniable: The fifties were a defining decade for America, complete with sweeping cultural change and political upheaval. This decade is also the focus of ... Read more

    $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Fooling Houdini

    Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

    by Alex Stone ...
    From the back rooms of New York City’s age-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, three-card monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts Alex Stone’s quest to join the ranks of master magicians.As he navigates this quirky and occasionally hilarious subculture populated by brilliant eccentrics, Stone pulls back the curtain on a community shrouded ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Slaying the Dragon

    A Secret History of Dungeons & Dragons

    by Ben Riggs ...
    Role-playing game historian Ben Riggs unveils the secret history of TSR— the company that unleashed imaginations with Dungeons & Dragons, was driven into ruin by disastrous management decisions, and then saved by their bitterest rival."Ben Riggs manages to walk the fine line between historical accuracy and fun about as well as anyone and SLAYING THE DRAGON is equal parts historical accuracy and ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Age of Magical Overthinking

    Notes on Modern Irrationality

    From the bestselling author of Cultish and host of the podcast Sounds Like a Cult, a delicious blend of cultural criticism and personal narrative that explores our cognitive biases and the power, disadvantages, and highlights of magical thinking.Utilizing the linguistic insights of her “witty and brilliant” (Blyth Roberson, author of America the Beautiful?) first book Wordslut and the sociological ... 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

  • Nightmare Fuel

    The Science of Horror Films

    by Nina Nesseth ...
    Nightmare Fuel by Nina Nesseth is a pop-science look at fear, how and why horror films get under our skin, and why we keep coming back for more.Do you like scary movies?Have you ever wondered why?Nina Nesseth knows what scares you. She also knows why.In Nightmare Fuel, Nesseth explores the strange and often unexpected science of fear through the lenses of psychology and physiology. How do horror ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Don't Trust Your Gut

    Using Data to Get What You Really Want in LIfe

    "Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is more than a data scientist. He is a prophet for how to use the data revolution to reimagine your life. Don’t Trust Your Gut is a tour de force—an intoxicating blend of analysis, humor, and humanity.**” —** Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is HumanBig decisions are hard. We consult friends and family, make sense ... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words

    Unpublished, Unvarnished, and Told by The Beatles and Their Inner Circle

    An oral history of The Beatles from never-before-seen interviews.All You Need Is Love is a groundbreaking oral history of the one of the most enduring musical acts of all time. The material is comprised of intimate interviews with Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, their families, friends and business associates that were conducted by Beatles intimate Peter Brown and author ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded

    A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008

    by John Scalzi ...
    On September 13, 1998, John Scalzi sat down in front of his computer to write the first entry in his blog Whatever--and changed the history of the Internet as we know it today.What, you're not swallowing that one? Okay, fine: He started writing Whatever and amused about 15 people that first day. If that many. But he kept at it, for ten years and running. Now 40,000 people drop by on a daily basis ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Only Joking

    What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?

    Britain’s hottest young comedian presents a seriously funny, up-close look at joking matters—from the social origins of laughter, to the art and craft of humor, to why we can never remember the punch line—featuring over 300 jokes.As the host of the hit game show Distraction (now in its third season on Comedy Central) and one of the premier stand-up acts working today, award-winning comedian Jimmy ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The New Analog

    Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World

    An NPR Best Book of the Year: “A pointedly passionate look at what’s been lost in the digital era.” —Los Angeles TimesA longtime musician and former member of the indie band Galaxie 500 who has also taught at Harvard, Damon Krukowski has watched cultural life lurch from analog to digital. And as an artist who has weathered that transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Riddles of the Sphinx

    Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle

    "A surprising and ambitious investigation of language and the varied ways women resist the paradoxes of patriarchy both on and off the page."—New York TimesCombining the soul-baring confessional of Brain on Fire and the addictive storytelling of The Queen’s Gambit, a renowned puzzle creator’s compulsively readable memoir and history of the crossword puzzle as an unexpected site of women’s work and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Press Reset

    Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

    From the bestselling author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels comes the next definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the video game industry: how some of the past decade's most renowned studios fell apart—and the stories, both triumphant and tragic, of what happened next.Jason Schreier's groundbreaking reporting has earned him a place among the preeminent investigative journalists covering the world of ... Read more

    $11.99 USD $5.99 USD

  • Doppelganger

    A Trip into the Mirror World

    by Naomi Klein ...
    A finalist for the 2023 National Book Critics Circle AwardNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | National Indie BestsellerA New York Times notable book of 2023 | Vulture’s #1 book of 2023One of Slate’s ten best books of 2023 | A Guardian best ideas book of 2023 | One of Time’s ten best books of 2023 | **Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book A... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • America the Anxious

    How to Calm Down, Stop Worrying, and Find Happiness

    by Ruth Whippman ...
    NAMED ONE OF THE 40 BEST BOOKS OF 2016 BY THE NEW YORK POSTA New York Times Editor's Choice pick“Ruth Whippman is my new favorite cultural critic...****a shrewd, hilarious analysis.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B (coauthored with Sheryl Sandberg)"I don't think I've enjoyed cultural observations th... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • White Rural Rage

    The Threat to American Democracy

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A searing portrait and damning takedown of America’s proudest citizens—who are also the least likely to defend its core principles“This is an important book that ought to be read by anyone who wants to understand politics in the perilous Age of Trump.”—David Corn, New York Times bestselling author of American PsychosisWhite rural voters hold the greatest electoral sway ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Coddling of the American Mind

    How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

    Something is going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • The Nineties

    A Book

    **An instant New York Times bestseller!“Informative, endlessly entertaining.”—BuzzFeed“Generation X’s definitive chronicler of culture.”—GQFrom the author of But What If We’re Wrong comes an insightful, funny reckoning with a pivotal decade**It was long ago, but not as long as it seems: The Berlin Wall fell and the Twin Towers collapsed. In between, one presidential election was allegedly decided ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Bad Gays

    A Homosexual History

    These “very funny-deep dives into the lives of the most dastardly queer people in history” offer apassionate argument for rethinking gay politics beyond identity (Vogue).What can we learn from the homosexual villains, failures, and baddies of our past?We all remember Oscar Wilde, but who speaks for Bosie? What about those ‘bad gays’ whose unexemplary lives reveal more than we might expect? Many ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Saving Time

    Discovering a Life Beyond Productivity Culture

    by Jenny Odell ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The visionary author of How to Do Nothing returns to challenge the notion that ‘time is money.’ . . . Expect to feel changed by this radical way of seeing.”—Esquire“One of the most important books I’ve read in my life.”—Ed Yong, author of An Immense WorldA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Chicago Public Library, Electric Lit</... ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Slavoj Zizek

    by Tony Myers ...
    Series series Routledge Critical Thinkers
    Slavoj Zizek is no ordinary philosopher. Approaching critical theory and psychoanalysis in a recklessly entertaining fashion, Zizek's critical eye alights upon a bewildering and exhilarating range of subjects, from the political apathy of contemporary life, to a joke about the man who thinks he's a chicken, from the ethicial heroism of Keanu Reeves in Speed, to what toilet designs reveal about the ... Read more

    $32.99 USD

  • Monster Kids

    How Pokémon Taught a Generation to Catch Them All

    The definitive, behind-the-scenes look at why Pokémon's evolution from a single Japanese video game to global powerhouse captured the world's attention, and how the "gotta catch 'em all" mentality of its fanbase shaped pop culture—and continues to do so today.More than just a simple journey through the history of Pokémon, Daniel Dockery offers an in-depth look at the franchise’s many branches of ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Ghosts of My Life

    Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures

    by Mark Fisher ...
    This collection of writings by Mark Fisher, author of the acclaimed Capitalist Realism, argues that we are haunted by futures that failed to happen. Fisher searches for the traces of these lost futures in the work of David Peace, John Le Carré, Christopher Nolan, Joy Division... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Shooting Midnight Cowboy

    Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic

    by Glenn Frankel ...
    "Much more than a page-turner. It’s the first essential work of cultural history of the new decade." —Charles Kaiser, The GuardianOne of The Washington Post's 50 best nonfiction books of 2021 | A Publishers Weekly best book of 2021The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times–bestselling author of the behind-the-scenes explorations of the classic American Westerns H... ... Read more

    $12.99 USD