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  • Racecraft

    The Soul of Inequality in American Life

    Hailed by Zadie Smith and Ta-Nehisi Coates, this new edition of the celebrated contemporary work on race and racism “ought to be positioned at the center of any discussion of race in American life” (Bookforum).Most people assume racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Behind the Kitchen Door

    "Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don't want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? It's one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it."-from Behind the Kitchen DoorHow do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor ... Read more

    $12.99 USD

  • What a City Is For

    Remaking the Politics of Displacement

    by Matt Hern ...
    An investigation into gentrification and displacement, focusing on the case of Portland, Oregon's systematic dispersal of black residents from its Albina neighborhood.Portland, Oregon, is one of the most beautiful, livable cities in the United States. It has walkable neighborhoods, bike lanes, low-density housing, public transportation, and significant green space—not to mention craft-beer bars ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Survival of the City

    The Future of Urban Life in an Age of Isolation

    One of our great urbanists and one of our great public health experts join forces to reckon with how cities are changing in the face of existential threats the pandemic has only acceleratedCities can make us sick. They always have—diseases spread more easily when more people are close to one another. And disease is hardly the only ill that accompanies urban density. Cities have been demonized as ... Read more

    $12.99 USD $5.99 USD

  • Why Humans Fight

    The Social Dynamics of Close-Range Violence

    Malešević offers a novel sociological answer to the age-old question: 'Why do humans fight?'. Instead of focusing on the motivations of solitary individuals, he emphasises the centrality of the social and historical contexts that make fighting possible. He argues that fighting is not an individual attribute, but a social phenomenon shaped by one's relationships with other people. Drawing on recent ... Read more

    $28.99 USD

  • Friday Night Lights (25th Anniversary Edition)

    A Town, a Team, and a Dream

    **Named Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time and a #1 NYT bestseller, this is the classic story of a high school football team whose win-loss record has a profound influence on the town around them.Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • A Spectre, Haunting

    China Miéville's riveting engagement with the Communist Manifesto offers a lyrical introduction and a spirited defense of the modern world's most influential political document.Few written works can so confidently claim to have shaped the course of history as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels's Manifesto of the Communist Party. Since first rattling the gates of the ruling order in 1848, this incendia ... Read more

    $15.99 USD

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    by J. D. Vance ...
    THE#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IS NOW A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD AND STARRING AMY ADAMS, GLENN CLOSE, AND GABRIEL BASSO**"You will not read a more important book about America this year.**"—The Economist"A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal**"Essential reading."—David Brooks,**New York TimesHillbilly Elegy is a passionate ... ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Biblical Critical Theory

    How the Bible's Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture

    *With a foreword from Tim Keller*A bold vision for Christians who want to engage the world in a way that is biblically faithful and culturally sensitive.In Biblical Critical Theory, Christopher Watkin shows how the Bible and its unfolding story help us make sense of modern life and culture.Critical theories exist to critique what we think we know about reality and the social, political, and ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • Evicted

    Poverty and Profit in the American City

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • One of the most acclaimed books of our time, this modern classic “has set a new standard for reporting on poverty” (Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review).In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as ... Read more

    $13.99 USD $10.99 USD

  • Road to Nowhere

    What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation

    by Paris Marx ...
    How to build a transportation system to provide mobility for allRoad to Nowhere exposes the flaws in Silicon Valley’s vision of the future: ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to take us anywhere; electric cars to make them ‘green’; and automation to ensure transport is cheap and ubiquitous. Such promises are implausible and potentially dangerous.As Paris Marx shows, these technological ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

    Adventures in the World of Chinese Food

    If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Strangers Drowning

    Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Urge to Help

    What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas.A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think ... Read more

    $14.99 USD

  • Family

    by Ian Frazier ...
    With wit and an unerring eye for detail, acclaimed author Ian Frazier takes readers on a journey through his family's story, his nation's history, and himselfUsing letters and other family documents, Frazier reconstructs two hundred years of middle-class life, visiting small towns his ancestors lived in, reading books they read, and discovering the larger forces of history that affected them. He ... Read more

    $0.99 USD

  • The Devil in the White City

    A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

    by Erik Larson ...
    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The true tale of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and the cunning serial killer who used the magic and majesty of the fair to lure his victims to their death.“Relentlessly fuses history and entertainment to give this nonfiction book the dramatic effect of a novel .... It doesn’t hurt that this truth is stranger than fiction.” —The New York TimesCombining meticulous ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Faith Instinct

    How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

    by Nicholas Wade ...
    Noted science writer Nicholas Wade offers for the first time a convincing case based on a broad range of scientific evidence for the evolutionary basis of religion. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Workhouse

    The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors

    by Simon Fowler ...
    “A poignant account” of the reality behind these famous Victorian institutions where the poor resided (The Independent).During the nineteenth century, the workhouse cast a shadow over the lives of the English poor. The destitute and the desperate sought refuge within its forbidding walls. And it was an ever-present threat if poor families failed to look after themselves properly.In this fully ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • History, Disrupted

    How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past

    The Internet has changed the past. Social media, Wikipedia, mobile networks, and the viral and visual nature of the Web have inundated the public sphere with historical information and misinformation, changing what we know about our history and History as a discipline. This is the first book to chronicle how and why it matters. Why does History matter at all? What role do history and the past play ... Read more

    $23.99 USD

  • Caste

    The Origins of Our Discontents

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York TimesThe Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Why Don't American Cities Burn?

    series The City in the Twenty-First Century
    At 1:27 on the morning of August 4, 2005, Herbert Manes fatally stabbed Robert Monroe, known as Shorty, in a dispute over five dollars. It was a horrific yet mundane incident for the poor, heavily African American neighborhood of North Philadelphia—one of seven homicides to occur in the city that day and yet not make the major newspapers. For Michael B. Katz, an urban historian and a juror on the ... Read more

    $25.99 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

  • Nonverts

    The Making of Ex-Christian America

    An entertaining and insightful exploration of the American ex-religious The United States is in the midst of a religious revolution. Or, perhaps it is better to say a non-religious revolution. Around a quarter of US adults now say they have no religion. The great majority of these religious "nones" also say that they used to belong to a religion but no longer do. These are the nonverts: think ... Read more

    $18.99 USD

  • Stateville

    The Penitentiary in Mass Society

    series Studies in Crime and Justice
    Stateville penitentiary in Illinois has housed some of Chicago's most infamous criminals and was proclaimed to be "the world's toughest prison" by Joseph Ragen, Stateville's powerful warden from 1936 to 1961. It shares with Attica, San Quentin, and Jackson the notoriety of being one of the maximum security prisons that has shaped the public's conception of imprisonment. In Stateville James B. ... Read more

    $26.99 USD

  • The Missing Martyrs

    Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists

    Why are there so few Muslim terrorists? With more than a billion Muslims in the world--many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom--why don't we see terrorist attacks every day? Where are the missing martyrs? In this startlingly counterintuitive book, a leading authority on Islamic movements demonstrates that terrorist groups are thoroughly marginal in the Muslim world. ... Read more

    $16.99 USD