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  • The Song of the Cell

    An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human

    Winner of the 2023 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences and the 2023 Chautauqua Prize!Named a New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of the Year by The Economist, Oprah Daily, BookPage, Book Riot, the New York Public Library, and more!In The Song of the Cell, the extraordinary author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Emperor of All Maladies and ... ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Hell's Angels

    A Strange and Terrible Saga

    Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels—Hell’s Angels, that is—in this short work of nonfiction.“California, Labor Day weekend . . . early, with ocean fog still in the streets, outlaw motorcyclists wearing chains, shades and greasy Levis roll out from damp garages, all-night diners and cast-off one-night pads in Frisco, Hollywood, Berdoo and East Oakland, ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • When the Clock Broke

    Con Men, Conspiracists, and How America Cracked Up in the Early 1990s

    by John Ganz ...
    **"Terrific . . . Vibrant . . . When the Clock Broke is one of those rarest of books: unflag**gingly entertaining while never losing sight of its moral core." —Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times"When the Clock Broke is leagues more insightful on the subject of Trump’s ascent than most writing that purports to address the issue directly." —Becca Rothfeld, The Washington Post**"Lively and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD


  • Democracy or Else

    How to Save America in 10 Easy Steps

    From your friends at Pod Save America and Crooked Media comes a useful and illustrated guide to saving American democracy just in time for the 2024 election and 2025 insurrectionIf you’re looking to navigate the chaotic, dunce-infested waters of American politics, Democracy or Else is here to help you tackle what might be the greatest question of our time: How do you get involved in the political ... Read more

    $11.99 USD


  • Reaganland

    America's Right Turn 1976-1980

    A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2020From the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge comes the dramatic conclusion of how conservatism took control of American political power.Over two decades, Rick Perlstein has published three definitive works about the emerging dominance of conservatism in modern American politics. With the saga’s final installment, he has delivered yet ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

    Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith

    by Studs Terkel ...
    The renowned oral historian interviews ordinary people about facing mortality: “It’s the unguarded voices he presents that stay with you.” —The New York TimesIn this book, the Pulitzer Prize winner and National Book Award finalist Studs Terkel, author of the New York Times bestseller Working, turns to the ultimate human experience: death. Here a wide range of people address the unknowable ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Cases That Haunt Us

    From Jack the Ripper to Jon Benet Ramsey, The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds New Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go Away

    Did Lizzie Borden murder her own father and stepmother? Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence? Who killed JonBenet Ramsey? #1 New York Times bestselling author and legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, along with author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker—the team behind the famous Mindhunter series—explore those tantalizing questions and more in this mesmerizing work of detection ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Silicon Values

    The Future of Free Speech Under Surveillance Capitalism

    “One of the leading scholars on Internet control and censorship” explores how Google, Facebook, and Amazon threaten our digital rights—and our democracy (Boston Globe).Who decides what is permissible on the internet: Politicians? Mark Zuckerberg? Users? Who determines when political debate becomes hate speech? How does this impact our identity or our ability to create communities and to protest ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • On Trails

    An Exploration

    by Robert Moor ...
    New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra ClubFrom a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond, On Trails is a wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Girls & Sex

    Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

    A generation gap has emerged between parents and their girls. The mothers and fathers of tomorrow’s women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with more than seventy young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Wild Bill Donovan

    The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

    “Entertaining history…Donovan was a combination of bold innovator and imprudent rule bender, which made him not only a remarkable wartime leader but also an extraordinary figure in American history” (The New York Times Book Review).He was one of America’s most exciting and secretive generals—the man Franklin Roosevelt made his top spy in World War II. A mythic figure whose legacy is still ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Fascism: A Warning

    #1 New York Times BestsellerA personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of the most admired public servants in American history, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of stateA Fascist, observed Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • Glitter and Concrete

    A Cultural History of Drag in New York City

    *A STONEWALL AWARD HONOR BOOK**The Millions Most Anticipated List of 2023**A Vogue Best LGBTQ+ Book of 2023*From journalist and drag historian Elyssa Maxx Goodman, an intimate, evocative history of drag in New York City exploring its dynamic role, from the Jazz Age to Drag Race, in queer liberation and urban lifeFrom the lush feather boas that adorned early female impersonators to th... ... Read more

    $15.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • The Language Puzzle

    Piecing Together the Six-Million-Year Story of How Words Evolved

    by Steven Mithen ...
    **A top scholar reveals the most complete picture to date of how early human speech led to the languages we use today **The emergence of language began with the apelike calls of our earliest ancestors. Today, the world is home to thousands of complex languages. Yet exactly how, when, and why this evolution occurred has been one of the most enduring—and contentiously debated—questions in science. ... Read more

    $19.99 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 $2.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • La Méthode sicilienne

    Translated by Serge Quadruppani ...
    Théâtre ou réalité ?Pour le fidèle bras droit du commissaire Montalbano, l'infatigable coureur de jupons Mimi Augello, c'est une nuit comme les autres lorsqu'il doit se sauver par la fenêtre de la chambre de sa maîtresse pour échapper au mari cocu. Ce qui l'est moins en revanche, c'est de tomber à l'étage du dessous sur le voisin allongé sur son lit, élégamment vêtu... et mort.Le lendemain matin, ... Read more

    $15.99 USD


  • Status and Culture

    How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change

    by W. David Marx ...
    **"Subtly altered how I see the world." —Michelle Goldberg, New York Times“[Status and Culture] consistently posits theories I'd never previously considered that instantly feel obvious.” —Chuck Klosterman, author of The Nineties“Why are you the way that you are? Status and Culture explains nearly everything about the things you choose to be—and how the society we live in takes shape in the process ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Troubled

    A Memoir of Foster Care, Family, and Social Class

    by Rob Henderson ...
    NATIONAL BESTSELLERIn this “affecting…intriguing…heartbreaking” (Booklist) coming-of-age memoir, Rob Henderson vividly recounts growing up in foster care, enlisting in the US Air Force, attending elite universities, and pioneering the concept of “luxury beliefs”—ideas and opinions that confer status on the upper class while inflicting costs on the less fortunate.Rob Henderson was born to a drug ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Slavery and Public History

    The Tough Stuff of American Memory

    “A fascinating collection of essays” by eminent historians exploring how we teach, remember, and confront the history and legacy of American slavery (Booklist Online).In recent years, the culture wars have called into question the way America’s history of slavery is depicted in books, films, television programs, historical sites, and museums. In the first attempt to examine the historiography of ... Read more

    $20.99 USD $3.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Accidental President of Brazil

    A Memoir

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso received a phone call in the middle of the night asking him to be the new Finance Minister of Brazil. As he put the phone down and stared into the darkness of his hotel room, he feared he'd been handed a political death sentence. The year was 1993, and he would be responsible for an economy that had had seven different currencies in the previous eight years to cope with ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Overground Railroad

    The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America

    This historical exploration of the Green Book offers “a fascinating [and] sweeping story of black travel within Jim Crow America across four decades” (The New York Times Book Review).Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because they couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy ... Read more

    $3.99 USD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • The Buried Book

    The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

    Adventurers, explorers, kings, gods, and goddesses come to life in this riveting story of the first great epic—lost to the world for 2,000 years, and rediscovered in the nineteenth centuryComposed by a poet and priest in Middle Babylonia around 1200 bce, The Epic of Gilgamesh foreshadowed later stories that would become as fundamental as any in human history, The Odyssey and the Bible. But in 600 ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $1.99 USD

  • The Age of Wood

    Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization

    by Roland Ennos ...
    A “smart and surprising” (Booklist) “expansive history” (Publishers Weekly) detailing the role that wood and trees have played in our global ecosystem—including human evolution and the rise and fall of empires—in the bestselling tradition of Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt.As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from ... Read more

    $14.99 USD $3.99 USD

  • Don't Call Me Princess

    Essays on Girls, Women, Sex and Life

    The New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter delivers her first ever collection of essays—funny, poignant, deeply personal and sharply observed pieces, drawn from three decades of writing, which trace girls’ and women’s progress (or lack thereof) in what Orenstein once called a “half-changed world.”Named one of the “40 women who changed the media business in ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $1.99 USD